DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 14, 2001) -- Details are beginning to emerge about the Daytona Sports Car announced by Grand American Road Racing President Roger Edmondson in November. Grand American officials have been in contact with a number of fabricators and component suppliers with everyone seemingly eager to be involved in the project scheduled to begin with the 2003 season.
"We've said from the beginning that our goal is to develop regulations that create opportunities for everyone in the sport - drivers, team owners, chassis and engine manufacturers and component suppliers," Edmondson noted. "Several chassis builders and component suppliers have expressed a desire to be involved in this project. We are very excited about the development of this new car.
"The Daytona Sports Car will not only provide a stable baseline of performance and affordability for an extended period of time, but will also compete with the cars from the current SRP and SRPII classes for the overall race win in Rolex Sports Car Series events, including the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona," he added.
Several design features have already been determined as the rules are nearing completion. The Daytona Sports Car may be an open cockpit or GT style design, at the option of the entrant. The chassis will incorporate a flat bottom with controlled dimension bulkheads. Construction will be aluminum honeycomb or steel tubing. A specific-dimension composite side-intrusion structure will be required on all cars. Dimensions, including weight, height, width, length, etc. are still under development.
Grand American approved, normally aspirated production based engines will be used.
Edmondson noted that rumors the Daytona Sports Car would be a spec design are unfounded. Certain components and materials will be specified, but the balance of the regulations for the Daytona Sports Car will resemble rules for other classes and other series.
The restricted list of approved components include gearboxes, brakes, shocks, clutch assemblies, spindles, fuel cells, tires and wheels. Grand American is soliciting proposals for suppliers of those components and will choose multiple suppliers on certain items.
More information on Grand American Road Racing and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.