Series schedules meetings with teams

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing held a summit meeting in Indianapolis earlier this month to discuss the Daytona Prototypes with constructors and major component suppliers. Now the organization has announced a ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing held a summit meeting in Indianapolis earlier this month to discuss the Daytona Prototypes with constructors and major component suppliers. Now the organization has announced a follow-up meeting to provide an open forum for existing and potential Daytona Prototype customers to interact and ask questions of Grand American, the car constructors and suppliers.

The Daytona Prototype Team Conference is scheduled for Friday, May 2 at Phoenix International Raceway. The invitation-only gathering will give race team principals the opportunity to speak with all of the approved Prototype constructors as well as the teams that are currently running Daytona Prototypes in Rolex Series competition.

"There has been a lot of interest in the Daytona Prototypes by potential customers," Grand American President Roger Edmondson noted. "This meeting will put those individuals in the same room with the companies that are building these cars and the other teams that are racing them. It should get them answers to any questions they may have and help them decide which car they think will be best for them."

Planning is underway to host another conference for GT and GTS class competitors during the inaugural Barber 250 at The Park at Barber Motorsports Park on May 16-18. The Grand Touring division conference will be used to discuss current GT and GTS regulations and to outline future planning for Grand American GT racing.

"The rules for GT and GTS were changed for 2003 and this will be a good time to get feedback from our teams on how things are going," Edmondson added. "The GT rules were brought in line with FIA and ACO regulations so racers could easily compete in different series and the GTS rules got revamped to include the tube-framed American cars that used to run in AGT," he explained.

The announcements come on the heels of a successful meeting with Grand-Am Cup teams held during the recent race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "We had a good meeting with the Grand-Am Cup guys," Director of Competition Mark Raffauf said. "It helps us to learn what is on the minds of the team owners as we plan for 2004 and I think it helps them to know what things we are working on that will impact the series."

Individuals giving serious consideration to competing in the Daytona Prototypes class who wish to be invited to the Phoenix conference should contact Raffauf at the Grand American office (386-947-6681).

Additional information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grandamerican.com.

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