Grand American reaches agreement with Don Hayward

Industry Veteran To Consult On Daytona Prototypes DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2002) -- Don Hayward, a well-known consultant in the racing industry, has agreed to work with Grand American Road Racing Association on the Daytona Prototypes ...

Industry Veteran To Consult On Daytona Prototypes

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2002) -- Don Hayward, a well-known consultant in the racing industry, has agreed to work with Grand American Road Racing Association on the Daytona Prototypes championship and other projects. Hayward, 56, will be advising Grand American on engineering as well as business issues from his home base in Worthington, Ohio.

"I'm excited about working with Grand American," Hayward commented. "I think the Daytona Prototypes class they have introduced is right on target for where the sport should be going and I hope to offer my experience and knowledge to help it get established."

His background is impressive from an engineering as well as management background. A former executive with Ford Motor Company, Hayward has been involved in NASCAR, Indy car, sports cars, drag racing and Trans-Am racing.

A mechanical engineer who also has done post graduate work in business administration, he has extensive experience in aerodynamics and chassis development. Hayward also was instrumental in the design of the Turbo Ford DOHC Indy engine that earned the company four Indianapolis 500 victories.

"Don Hayward is a special person who brings a lot to the Grand American team working on the Daytona Prototypes and other projects, "Grand American President Roger Edmondson noted. "His mix of technical and management experience is ideal for the needs we face right now in bringing this series along. Don is as at home talking with the CEO of a company as he is with a race team's mechanics. That broad familiarity with the sport is going to be a prime asset."

Prior to reaching this agreement with Grand American, Hayward had recently completed a consultation project with CART's Team Rahal.

Additional information about Grand American Road Racing and Daytona Prototypes is available online at www.grand-am.com.

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