Workman's first Daytona Prototype experience short-lived
Atlanta, GA: Jason Workman, the hard-charging and reliable ALMS LMP675 driver in 2003, recently traveled to Florida for the official Grand-Am test days leading up to the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. It was scheduled to be Workman's first experience in the premier Daytona Prototype cars.
Workman was slated to test the "Spirit of Daytona" Chevrolet-Crawford DP of Team Flis Motorsports from Ormond Beach, FL. Regretfully, during Workman's warm up lap in the car during the latter part of the session, another competitor's car caught fire resulting in a premature conclusion to the session and leaving Workman without any "at speed" laps in the car.
"It was very disappointing to be out on the track for my first laps and not get the chance to drive laps at speed," said Workman. "Suddenly, the session was over before it really started! Even without the full experience of the car at speed, I felt instantly comfortable with the Daytona Prototype. The car feels as if it will be a very predictable car to drive. The speed is very comparable with the LMP675. The enclosed cockpit gives me a different sensation. I am accustomed to open-cockpit cars and having my head and helmet buffeted when the car is at full speed. The enclosed cockpit is slightly easier to contend with but I miss the open cockpit feeling of speed."
Workman is in discussions with the team hoping to get back in the car for another opportunity in the near future.
Workman, who was awarded 3rd place trophy in the 2003 ALMS LMP-675 Championship with Essex Racing, is currently reviewing his opportunities to compete in the 2004 racing season. Workman anticipates that his driving duties this year will again be limited to competing in North America after several seasons racing in Europe. He is the 1999 Scandinavian FF2000 Champion. Workman found great success in Europe and is one of the few American drivers to have secured a European based championship crown.
In 2003, Workman was the only ALMS 675 driver to score championship points in eight of the nine rounds of the championship. Workman's consistency enabled him to contend for the series championship all the way to the final race with an exciting conclusion to the season at the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. His bid for the championship failed after 8 hours with mechanical failure and Chris Dyson managed to score additional points in the final race cementing the season long championship battle for the Dyson team.
For additional information on Jason Workman, please visit his official website at www.jasonworkman.com.