Daytona Prototypes keep going and going in 34-hour endurance test.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Dec. 6, 2002) -- The 34-hour endurance test for the Daytona Prototype continued on Friday at Daytona International Speedway as a pair of Daytona Prototypes piled on laps around the 3.56-mile road course in preparation for the 41st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Feb. 1-2.
The Daytona Prototype is replacing the SportsRacing Prototype open-cockpit cars as the new premier class in the Rolex Sports Car Series beginning with next year's Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Brumos Racing is testing one of their Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototypes with its entire driver lineup for both of their Daytona Prototype entries. The Cegwa Sport's Toyota-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype is also present with driver Darius Grala.
After participating in a six-hour session on Thursday, the most grueling part of the endurance test session began on Friday at 10 a.m. as the two Daytona Prototypes began a 28-hour straight session. They'll wrap up the test on Saturday at 2 p.m.
This is the third time Brumos Racing has tested at Daytona. They previously tested during the Brumos Continental Historics and during the test days leading up to the Grand American Finale.
For Cegwa Sport, it's the first time they've brought their Toyota-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype to the "World Center of Racing" and it's the first Grala has turned laps at the facility.
"The test has gone better than we had anticipated," said Grala in the late afternoon. "Goodyear has brought out some new tires for us that have made a significant improvement over what we had to work with yesterday. We drove the car in the rain this morning, which was actually surprisingly comfortable. We've got another 22 hours to go, so far everything is flawless."
The test session is open and free to the public with access to the Oldfield Grandstand through the lobby of DAYTONA USA. Tickets for the 41st running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.