Hyper Sport Adds To Growing Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Field 2005
Atlanta, Georgia, Thursday, December 9, 2004. Today, Atlanta-based Hyper Sport announced plans to add two more Daytona Prototype entries to the rapidly growing Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series for the 2005 season. Operating from the former Protostar/Cadillac facility which was acquired earlier this year, Hyper Sport will enter the 2005 Daytona Prototype fray with a new chassis/engine combination as it unveils its first-of-a-kind Infiniti powered Doran chassis.
The Infiniti V8 has been fitted to Doran chassis #006 and received approval by the Grand American Road Racing Association. The new engines are built and serviced by Menard Engineering Limited (MEL) at its U.K. and Indianapolis facilities. Chris Sumner, U. S. Manager for MEL, stated, "We are excited and pleased to be supplying Hyper Sport with our latest evolution of the Q45-based engine and look forward to being part of this hugely competitive series. " Team Principal, Rick Skelton also added that, "the national business and racing presence that John Menard's organization affords Hyper Sport is unparalleled in the racing industry; we look forward to teaming with John and his experienced group". The #9 Hyper Sport Doran will test later this month at the Miami based Homestead speedway.
"We are looking forward to our expanded involvement in Grand American Road Racing and the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex Series, said Ron Stukenberg, Senior Manager, Motorsports Marketing and Operations, Nissan North America, Inc. The performance of the Grand-Am series is very much like the Infiniti Q45 - fast and personally invigorating! Hyper Sport is an extremely professional team that should represent all entities well in this highly competitive series."
Hyper Sport team principal Brad Nyberg adds: "What an opportunity the Rolex Series represents! We made the decision on where we wanted to be early this year and have worked extremely hard to make it happen. There is no question that the Grand American Road Racing Association has built a series that is both financially viable for the teams, but also has value for the sponsors the teams bring. We plan to make an impression that will benefit both the series and our sponsors for years to come.
The team plans to run the first chassis at the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the second Hyper Sport Infiniti-Doran being unveiled later in the "sprint" race season. Chassis builder Kevin Doran commented, "Hyper Sport is obviously putting together a competitive program and we look forward to supporting their effort as well as adding the second car for them in the near future."
"Working with Kevin Doran has been absolutely what we would expect from a professional," stated Skelton. "We looked at and spoke with all the leading manufacturers in the paddock and to all their credit, it was a great experience. Ultimately, we decided on the Doran because we think there is untapped potential in the car and Kevin's service and support program has been superb at the race track. I'm excited to be a Doran customer."
Current Hyper Sport drivers; Joe Foster, Rick Skelton and Brad Nyberg will be included in the 2005 Hyper Sport Daytona driver lineup with the balance of the driving team being announced during the Daytona test days in January.
Marketing partners for the Hyper Sport team include Hyperband, a multi-family residential broadband provider and Bon Secour Village, a luxury planned community in Gulf Shores Alabama. Additional sponsorship for the team and the second car will be announced after the New Year.
Hyper Sport, LLC is a multi-service motor sport business located in Atlanta, Georgia. Operating out of its 12,000 sq/ft shop, Hyper Sport along with Hyper Sport Engineering provides fabrication services, electrical and data harness products, street performance upgrades and track day support services in addition to its participation in professional road racing. For additional information visit the Hyper Sport web site at www.hyper-sport.net.