Spirit of Daytona to skip Long Beach

Spirit of Daytona to skip Long Beach


Spirit of Daytona to skip Long Beach


After a heavy crash ended the run of its pole-winning Cadillac DPi in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Spirit of Daytona team has elected to forgo the next round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Long Beach to regroup while extensive repairs are made to the team’s Prototype entry.

Drivers Tristan Vautier, Matt McMurry and Eddie Cheever lll showed contending speed in the blue Prototype in both endurance rounds to open the season. The squad led the season-opening Rolex 24 and was a consistent front-runner at Sebring before crashing with Vautier at the wheel with less than two hours to go in the race.

“Sebring was an emotional rollercoaster ride for us,” said team owner Troy Flis. “We knew that we had the right combination for success, so taking the pole confirmed our confidence in this package. From the great support at Cadillac, Dallara and ECR to our talented drivers, engineers and our hard-working crew members we feel that we are a threat to win at every event. Our team partners and fans are so important to us, we just knew that we were headed for another podium finish at Sebring.

“Unfortunately, racing provides the highest of highs and lowest of lows and at Sebring we experienced both. We are most thankful that Tristan was not injured in the crash. Our Cadillac did its job of protecting the driver but unfortunately the amount of damage to the car is extensive. Unfortunately, due to several circumstances we will not be able to attend the Long Beach event in April but we will regroup, rebuild and come back stronger than ever.”