Daytona Prototypes on track in 34-hour endurance test.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 5, 2002) -- A unique 34-hour endurance test for the Daytona Prototypes began on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway with two Daytona Prototypes preparing for the Feb. 1-2 Rolex 24 At Daytona. This week's endurance test is another step in the birthing process for the Daytona Prototypes, which will serve as the new premier class of the Rolex Sports Car Series beginning with the Rolex 24.
Brumos Racing is testing one of their Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototypes with its entire driver lineup for both of their Daytona Prototype entries. Cegwa Sport's Toyota-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype is also present with driver Darius Grala.
Five-time Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Hurley Haywood is serving as the lead driver in Brumos' #59 Daytona Prototype with IRL standout Scott Sharp, former IRL/CART star Scott Goodyear and J.C. France. David Donohue will lead the team's #58 entry with co-drivers Mike Borkowski, Wayne Jackson and Chris Bye.
Haywood says the main concentration for Brumos Racing during the endurance test will be to turn plenty of laps around the 3.56-mile road course.
"We're not going to be worried about trimming the car for the fastest lap time," Haywood said. "Basically, I want all the drivers to do at least three hours in the car so everybody gets super, super comfortable with the car so they're not any big dramas with seating positions. We're just going to put miles on it and see where the weak points are."
The endurance test session began on Thursday with a six-hour session. The 28-hour session begins on Friday at 10 a.m. and concludes on Saturday at 2 p.m.
"We're going to run as much as we can," Haywood said. "I think the plan is that we're going to run in three eight-hour segments. We'll run for eight hours straight. We'll stop and examine the car to make sure that there's nothing going to break on the car. Then we'll go out and do another eight hours and come in to look the car over and do the final eight hours.
"We don't' want to take the chance to run 24 hours continuously where if something does break we could throw the car into the wall. We want to be able to catch a problem if one is developing. This is kind of the standard practice with a lot of teams I've driven for over the years where we setup the thing into three different segments so you can catch the problem before it catches you."
A section of the Oldfield Grandstands, located behind DAYTONA USA, is open and free to the public from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during all three days of testing.
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