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Feinberg seeks Prime Time finish at MMP

Published May 15, 2009 6:07 pm

Grand Prix notebook » Former pro golfer trying to turn season around after rough start.
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Joel Feinberg has driven a golf ball and a Dodge Viper for a living.

Neither is easy.

After high school, Feinberg played professional golf for a couple of years before going into business in south Florida.

Two years ago, however, Feinberg formed Prime Time Race Group and began racing in the American Le Mans Series.

Along with Chris Hall , Feinberg will drive the No. 11 car in the GT2 Class during the Utah Grand Prix on Sunday at Miller Motorsports Park.

After golf, Feinberg was successful in real estate and sports marketing before forming Prime Time, an independent team based in Fort Lauderdale with a "seven-figure budget."

According to Feinberg, this season "has not gone the way we want. It hasn't been an exciting year yet."

Mechanical and tire problems ended Feinberg's hopes at Sebring and St. Petersburg, but a seventh-place finish at Long Beach "kind of stopped the bleeding."

What does he expect at the Utah Grand Prix, where a "60-cent piece" of equipment caused an electrical failure and forced him out of last year's race?

"Bad luck has gotten hold of us," Feinberg said. "But, hopefully, we can shed it this weekend. ... This track suits our car very well. If we keep running and everything works properly, we have a chance to do well."

Like father, like son

Conor Daly is on the fast track to success, which shouldn't be a surprise, considering his gene pool.

Derek Daly , his father, is an ex-Formula One and CART driver who made six starts in the Indianapolis 500 during his career.

Tonight, Conor Daly continues his rookie season in the Mazda Star Championship at Miller Motorsports Park.

A support race for the Utah Grand Prix, the Mazda Star Championship is an open-wheel series for up-and-coming drivers like Daly, who is 17.

So far, Daly has driven his No. 22 car to a pair of top-five finishes.

After starting 16th at Sebring, he ended up third. On April 26 in Virginia, he placed fifth in a race that included only four laps under a green flag.

"Very strange," Daly said.

Asked how his famous father has impacted his career, Daly said, "When I was in go-karts, he was my coach [and] my mechanic. He was at every race. But now that I'm in a team environment, he steps back and lets me talk to my engineers and the guys on the team first. Then, after all the debriefing, we'll sit down."

What do they discuss?

"He still watches every session and he'll have notes about little things I can do here and there," Daly said. "He's still very helpful."

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