Crawford DP03 has successful debut test

Car is ready to contend in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series DENVER, N.C. (November 20, 2003) -- One of the U.S.'s most accomplished racing fabricators, Crawford Race Cars of Denver, N.C., staged the first successful test of its all-new ...

Car is ready to contend in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

DENVER, N.C. (November 20, 2003) -- One of the U.S.'s most accomplished racing fabricators, Crawford Race Cars of Denver, N.C., staged the first successful test of its all-new Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype race car on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, S.C.

Former Rolex 24 winner Andy Wallace of Buckinghamshire, England, served as test driver for the first runs. Wallace, who has a long list of victories in the world's major road races, said he was extremely pleased with the new Daytona Prototype.

"Even though we were only doing the first system testing, I was surprised how fast the car was. It is extremely easy to drive; you can throw it in any direction and retrieve it. It's great fun," commented Wallace. "I think it will be a top contender not only in the Rolex 24 next February, but throughout the 2004 Grand American Rolex Series season."

The DP03 is an all-new design, which will accommodate a variety of power plants. The DP03 uses a broad range of components designed and built by Crawford Race Cars.

This marks the debut of the second Crawford-designed road racer. The first was the Crawford SSC2K, one of the prime SRP contenders in the 2002 Rolex Series. The Crawford SSC2K had multiple top-five finishes, including an overall victory at Virginia International Raceway piloted by Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson.

Max Crawford, head of Crawford Race Cars, said he was ecstatic with the first track day for the new Daytona Prototype.

"We've worked for more than a year and a half on the design of our new DP03 chassis. It incorporates much of the thinking from our successful SSC2K SRP car, while maintaining the integrity of the Grand American concept for major-league road racing," he remarked.

Like its SRP predecessor, the DP03 is the work of designer Andy Scriven. Already, two of the Crawford-built machines have been purchased for competition in the Rolex Series next season. Boss Motorsports owner David Brule of Iron Mountain, Mich., purchased a car. The second car has been purchased by Doug Goad and will be campaigned by 'The Spirit of Daytona,' based in Daytona Beach, Fla. Both cars will utilize Chevrolet power.

Additional information about the Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype is available online at www.crawfordcomposites.com/crcenter.htm. Information about the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series can be found online at www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Doug Goad , Max Crawford , Chris Dyson