ALTON, Va. (December 11, 2003) -- G&W Motorsports will pair up with new Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series team Michael Shank Racing (MSR) for the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona in a Toyota-powered Doran JE-4. The two teams will share personnel and drivers for the event, which will be entered under the MSR banner.
"I am really excited about teaming up with Mike and his group. Price (Cobb) and Mike have known each other for some time from their Atlantic and IRL team owner days, and they bring a new perspective to the series. We hope to be able to learn something from each other and be at the front in February. They have a great team of talented people, and I hope we don't slow them down," commented G&W Motorsports team owner Cole Scrogham.
"We will start our season with the new JE-4 at Homestead, giving Kevin (Doran) some extra time to finish fitting the BMW engine to his chassis. MSR will get to do some testing here at VIR; we have some time reserved after Christmas. The Doran has proven that it works well right out of the box, and we look forward to great competition at the 24-hour race. Mike is still working on driver details for 2004, so we are going to be able to support each other in that way as well, I have been sending prospects to him and vice versa. It is really the way a partnership should work," Scrogham continued.
"I cannot tell you how pleased we are to have the caliber of drivers coming with the G&W team effort. These guys are champions and will allow us a real opportunity to go for a win at our debut at the 24 hour in Daytona. We look forward to working with them and some of the G&W staff in the upcoming test and race," said Michael Shank, MSR team owner.
G&W will announce their driver lineup soon, as one of the goals of this venture is to provide Championship points for the team's drivers. A second Daytona Prototype entry will be the Picchio DP2 run under the G&W Motorsports banner for Team Championship Points. The G&W team also is firming up plans to add 2 Porsche 996's to the Grand American ranks.
Cole Scrogham formed G&W Motorsports in 1996 to cater specifically to Porsche racing. Focused on the philosophy of winning races in a professional and ethical manner, G&W Motorsports went on to win the inaugural Grand American Championship in 2000 and capture both the Rolex Series GT and GTS Championships in 2001. Since 2000, G&W Motorsports has amassed an impressive Grand American record. A Porsche Cup, A Grand American Championship in 2000, Rolex Series GT and GTS Championships in 2001, SRPII Team, Manufacturer and Driver Championships in 2003 and team finishes of 14 podiums and 7 wins in 2003. G&W's Grand American record includes 51 podiums and 16 wins since the inaugural Grand American season in 2000. Believing in the Daytona Prototype concept and formula Grand American has developed, G&W will continue in the Daytona Prototype class in 2004 as well as the new Rolex SGS class, GT class and Grand-Am Cup.