ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 3 - The biggest news out of the paddock area at the recent June Sprints at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., was the introduction of a new, cost-efficient D-Sports Racer (DSR) designed by Galmer, Inc. and built by renown...
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., July 3 - The biggest news out of the paddock area at the recent June Sprints at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., was the introduction of a new, cost-efficient D-Sports Racer (DSR) designed by Galmer, Inc. and built by renown engineer Alan Mertens of Albuquerque-based Merloy Racing.
Mertens, formerly the owner of Galmer Engineer Ltd., owns Merloy Racing in partnership with construction company executive Mike Maloy and two-time Indy 500 winner Al Unser Jr. Mertens has designed, manufactured and engineered cars at the international levels of the sport, with race victories and/or championships in Formula 2000, Formula 3, Formula 2, Formula 1, CART and the IRL.
The car, which received rave reviews, was included in a display prepared by Racer Parts Wholesale (RPW). Tom Volk, who owns that award-winning, Indianapolis-based parts company, is the Merloy DSR's exclusive distributor.
Both a full-bodied car and a bare chassis were shown as part of the display so that potential buyers could see the car ready to race and also examine its suspension components and internal mechanisms closely. The bare chassis included the latest-generation Stack data-acquisition system, featuring the "heads-up" GT8600 steering wheel display unit.
Due to the overwhelmingly favorable response at Road America, Merloy Racing will conduct a test session with the car for serious prospective customers in August. Both a Yamaha and a Suzuki-engined Merloy DSR will be used for the test. Four different engine packages are available: Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Kawasaki.
Although a nominal fee will be required of the test participants to help defray the test's costs, it will be refunded in full or in part if a car is purchased within a certain time period following the test.