Grand American visits Chassis Builders to Ensure Uniform DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 10, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing Association officials recently visited the two newest Daytona Prototype chassis builders - Crawford Race Cars and...
Grand American visits Chassis Builders to Ensure Uniform
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 10, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing Association officials recently visited the two newest Daytona Prototype chassis builders - Crawford Race Cars and Riley Technologies - to check on the progress of their new race cars.
While both Riley Technologies and Crawford Race Cars had their Daytona Prototype chassis and bodywork designs approved in 2002, both car builders decided to wait until the 2004 season to debut their creations.
In keeping with Grand American's firm commitment to uniform regulations among the various builders, a group of officials, including Rolex Series Technical Director Rob Elson and Daytona Prototypes Consultant Don Hayward, visited Riley Technologies in Indianapolis, Ind., and Crawford Race Cars in Denver, N.C.
"We sent a tech team to the two new chassis builders to verify the specs of both cars," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We found slight, inadvertent deviations from the approved plans of both builders."
Both Riley Technologies and Crawford Race Cars agreed to make adjustments to their Daytona Prototypes chassis to conform to their approved plans.
"We have one set of regulations for everyone," noted Edmondson. "Whether a car competed in the inaugural Daytona Prototype race or will join us for the first time next season, the rules we set remain the same, alleviating the opportunity for any builder to have an advantage over another."
The Crawford DP03 is scheduled to make its first public appearance at Homestead-Miami Speedway's Daytona Prototypes test sessions, December 19-20, while the Riley MKXI will make its public debut during pre-season testing at Daytona International Speedway, January 3-5.
The Daytona Prototypes will kick off the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season with the 42nd anniversary of the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 29-February 1. Tickets are currently on sale and can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE.
Additional information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series can be found online at www.grandamerican.com.