Cegwa Sport to field Daytona Prototype in 2003

Cegwa Sport to field Toyota-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype in 2003. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 3, 2002) -- Cegwa Sport announced this week that it will field a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2003. The team has...

Cegwa Sport to field Toyota-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype in 2003.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 3, 2002) -- Cegwa Sport announced this week that it will field a Daytona Prototype in the Rolex Sports Car Series in 2003. The team has purchased an FDSC/03 chassis from FABCAR Engineering and Toyota 4.3-liter V8 engines from Toyota Racing Development.

Cegwa Sport is a new team based in Florida founded by Darius Grala, John Shapiro and Luis Amores. Grala recently clinched the 2002 North American Ferrari Challenge championship with a victory at the Ferrari Challenge World Finals in Italy, while Shapiro and Amores ran the team that finished second in the same championship with driver Doug Peterson. Although the three were fierce competitors during the 2002 season, their rivalry was based on a mutual respect that prompted this collaboration for 2003.

Grala will be one of the team's primary drivers. "I am very excited about the vision Grand American has for the future of road racing in America," said Grala. "The new Daytona Prototype class will be challenging for the drivers, cost effective for team owners, and very entertaining for the fans. These three factors along with a fantastic television package add up to a good value proposition for sponsors, and ultimately that matters most."

Shapiro will serve as crew chief for the team, bringing a wealth of experience to the position. He has 23 career victories to his credit, including 15 sports car, one CART and seven Ferrari Challenge wins. His resume is highlighted by three overall titles from the Rolex 24 At Daytona, where the team will debut its Daytona Prototype, February 1-2, 2003.

"Even though our schedule has been quite hectic in the last few weeks, the whole program is coming together very nicely", said Shapiro. "Dave Klym and his team of craftsmen at FABCAR have built a chassis that clearly demonstrates their many years of experience building world-class racecars. And with our tight schedule, Gary Reed and the folks at Toyota, could not have been any more efficient, accommodating, and professional in helping us with this effort."

Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes, including photos, renderings and rules, is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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