Visit Florida Racing 4th at Canadian Tire Park

Visit Florida Racing Fourth at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada (10 July 2016) – Visit Florida Racing came up just short of a podium finish in the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday when the team and its drivers Marc Goossens and Ryan Dalziel combined for a fourth place finish.

After leading mid-way through the race, a gamble on strategy didn’t pay off for the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype as the squad targeted victory at the Canadian road course.

Goossens opened the race from sixth on the grid and wasted no time in moving forward as he slotted the Visit Florida Racing Corvette into fifth in the very first corner. Driving hard around the 2.459-mile fast and sweeping road course, he moved all the way up into the race lead prior to the team’s first pit stop.

When the first round of pit stops began for the top prototype class about 45 minutes into the 2 hour 40 minute race, the team called for Goossens to stay out an extra lap with Team Owner Troy Flis asking for him to push hard on the in-lap. Goossens delivered a remarkable lap which saw the No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette emerge from pit lane third in the order with Dalziel at the wheel.

When Dalziel returned to the fray, he was third in line and when a full course caution was displayed with 1 hour and 15 minutes completed in the race, the team brought the No. 90 machine to pit road and opted to take left side tires only with the call seeing the No. 90 leapfrog back up to the front of the field.

Setting the pace, Dalziel remained at the front of the field as he defended the Daytona Prototype machinery behind. With 37 cars on the tight confines of the 2.459-mile circuit, traffic was a key element to the race. The No. 31 was able to sneak by for the race lead while Dalziel was mired in slower traffic just prior to the Visit Florida Racing team’s final pit stop.

On that final stop, the three front-running Daytona Prototypes took just two tires, while the No. 90 took on all four, with Visit Florida Racing hoping for a late-race yellow that would see the four fresh Continental Tires pay dividends.

Unfortunately, that yellow didn’t come until the final lap of the race, which ended under the caution.

“We didn’t have the qualifying run we wanted but that was more of a trial thing for us,” offered Team Owner Troy Flis. “We had the pace and today we tried to play a strategy call to win the race. I think we could have raced there at the end and not have fallen back taking four tires, but we decided to go with four tires and thought maybe we could get lucky with a yellow and drive around them at the end. The car was really good on a long run, which I’m happy about. Ryan (Dalziel) felt confident in the car, but this many cars on the track, you just lose so much, it’s just really tough. The cars are so equally balanced. It was a good weekend for us, all in all I’m happy with what we came here with. Putting this car together on the road and working out of a truck (after traveling straight here from Watkins Glen last weekend) is hard. I’m very proud of the guys and our program but we’re going for wins the rest of the year. That’s what we’ll keep doing and go on to the next one.”

Visit Florida Racing will next travel to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship stages Round 8 at Road America August 5-7.