On a brisk Florida day, the Brumos Racing #58 Fabcar-Porsche topped the timesheets at 1:49.119 on the second day of Grand Am testing at Daytona, just one-tenth slower than the time it set on Friday.
The Corvette of Gregg, Bell and Bell was the surprise of the day as they were right on the heels of the Brumos. Rumors in the pitlane suggest that the #40 Corvette is sandbagging in the hope that they can avoid the restrictor plate.
The Daytona Prototypes now number five with the Red Bull Picchio BMW and the Ford Multimatic joining the three Fabcar variants.
The Fabcar has undergone a great deal of aerodynamic development with some obvious changes that have resulted in better balance, more downforce and less drag.
With some 5000 miles of testing on one chassis alone, a minor rear suspension failure this morning has proven to be the biggest event so far for the Fabcar. Cockpit cooling that had previously been inadequate has now been addressed.
The support for the current shock absorbers on the have been less than stellar, though, and will no doubt be replaced with either Ohlins or Penske shocks.
In other news, JMB Racing has come to America with a well financed and prepared effort using the Ferrari 360gt. The #21 Team Ferrari should be a real contender in the Gt Class this year.
The cars will start again on Sunday as the final day of testing for the Rolex 24 on Feb 1 and 2, 2003.
January 4 Conditions
Clear, Cold unrestricted visibility with light winds. <pre> 9:30 am 2:00PM 3:45PM
Ambient Temperature 45 F 60 F 60 F
Track Temperature 50 F 80 F 70 F