Howard Motorsports Completes Initial 2007 Test at Daytona Drivers, team work to solve many issues for upcoming season Denver, N.C. . With a two-day test session at the Daytona International Speedway on November 6th and 7th, Howard...
Howard Motorsports Completes Initial 2007 Test at Daytona
Drivers, team work to solve many issues for upcoming season
Denver, N.C. . With a two-day test session at the Daytona International Speedway on November 6th and 7th, Howard Motorsports began their testing for the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona. And, with two Crawford DP03 cars and four drivers participating, it was a very interesting two days at the World Center of Racing.
The November test at Daytona was basically an opportunity for Howard Motorsports to test the new Bosch system and to work with two "new" drivers. With regular Howard Motorsports drivers Andy Wallace and Butch Leitzinger handling the bulk of the on-track testing, Howard Motorsports was able to maximize their two days in Daytona.
Andy Wallace, who piloted the #20 Crawford DP03, tested the new Bosch system to work out some "teething" problems. While there are still issues to resolve, a tremendous amount of knowledge was gained during the test.
"It took us both days to sort out the new Bosch system that Grand Am made mandatory for the 2007 season," Wallace commented. "We did long runs on the tires and a few aero tests. We got a lot of feedback from the car and now we just need to digest all the data we got from these two days."
Butch Leitzinger tested the #2 Crawford DP03 with the 2006 ignition spec and worked with some different aero packages. Leitzinger also tested the 2007 spec Hoosier tire.
"We had a very productive test at Daytona," Leitzinger added. "Our main reason for testing this weekend was to get the Bosch unit working with the cars. We also focused on a variety of setups and had two drivers get a chance to drive the Crawford Daytona Prototype. Both did a good job."
The two drivers Leitzinger mentioned were Rafael Matos and Joey Hand. Both were given an opportunity to pilot the Crawford DP03 during the test. And, both received high marks.
"Both Rafael and Joey impressed me very much," Max Crawford stated. "They were both fast, professional, and did an excellent job even though they had limited testing time due to the rain."
"My first impression of the Crawford DP03 was that the car was very easy to drive and comfortable," Joey Hand said. "My driving style is aggressive and the car took to my style right away. The car drives aggressively, so it was a good fit. The car handled the corners well, and the only thing that I had to adjust to was the brakes. I just need a little more time to get use to the brakes. Other than the brakes, I loved the car and want to thank the Crawford's and the team for all their help this weekend."
"This weekend was a great experience for me," Matos added. "I first want to thank the team and Max (Crawford) for all of their help this weekend. I drove the Crawford DP03 for the first time on Monday, and my second time around in the car on Tuesday, I felt better and more comfortable. Unfortunately, my track time was limited due to the rain. This was a great opportunity for me to see where I can improve my driving skills with the DP car. I would love to come back for more testing and possibly for the Rolex 24 At Daytona."
The next test session for the 2007 season will be held at the Homestead- Miami Speedway on December 5th and 6th. Between now and then, it's back to the Denver, North Carolina shop and more hard work as Howard Motorsports continues preparation for the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.