ALTON, Va. (December 20, 2002) -- G&W Motorsports has hit the track with their BMW-powered Picchio DP2 Daytona Prototype. The team reports that testing is going well at Virginia International Raceway, having concluded initial shakedown work, wind tunnel testing and development. Comprehensive testing will continue through the weekend as the car is prepared for Pre-season Testing at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 3-5.
"The DP2 showed that its CFD-aided aerodynamic design was impressive in the wind tunnel right out of the box. The incredible facility at Langley allowed us to double our downforce by the end of the test and achieve the desired aerodynamic balance we were looking for," commented G&W Managing Director Price Cobb.
Cort Wagner and Darren Law have turned laps in the car, as well as Price Cobb, who noted the shakedown was the smoothest he could remember. Boris Said is scheduled to assume some testing duties this weekend as the team prepares the new DP2 for suspension shake rig development of the shock and spring package and the Daytona portion of testing in a few short weeks.
"We will be announcing the driver lineup and sponsor package for this car at the January test (in Daytona), but rest assured that we are working hard to make this car a front running competitor in this year's 24 hour," said G&W President Cole Scrogham. "Daytona is a fickle place. Sometimes everything goes right with meager resources, and sometimes everything goes very wrong when you think you have the world by the tail. We will just have to wait and see what happens six weeks from now."
G&W continues to rely heavily on information from tested components in the current SRP II car, as plans continue to prepare an infrastructure to sell, service and support the products from Italian constructor Picchio.
"I don't think that people recognize that this is a coordinated effort with a three-year commitment. We plan to offer the DP2 with a variety of engine options at a set price, realistic parts pricing and inventory, one to three year financing options, and USI Insurance and Financial Services commitment to provide DP2 owners with a ready-made sponsorship package based on business to business relationships. We want to truly develop a program that addresses all of the team's needs," added Scrogham.
Additional information about G&W Motorsports is available at motorsports.gandw.com. Picchio's website can be found at www.Picchio.com. For more information about the Rolex Sports Car Series and Daytona Prototypes, visit www.grandamerican.com.