Grand American releases 2004 Daytona Prototype rules; team owners, drivers happy with consistency. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released the 2004 Daytona Prototypes rules today with...
Grand American releases 2004 Daytona Prototype rules; team owners, drivers happy with consistency.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 14, 2003) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released the 2004 Daytona Prototypes rules today with no significant changes from its 2003 rules package. The rules to the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series premier class are now available online at www.grandamerican.com.
Both team owners and drivers were pleased to see that no changes have been made, keeping with Grand American's promise of consistent rules for its premier class.
"From a comparative standpoint, and particularly as a car owner which I am, it is meaningful to me (to have consistent rules). Chasing technology from year-to-year is incredibly expensive, and the competition gets really skewed depending on how much money you spend. Its nice to have a steady rules package to ensure even competition for the long-term," commented Forest Barber, who owns and drives the No. 54 Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype.
"Rules stability dictates the potential success of the racing series. The frequency of rule changes is directly proportional to the operational expenses of a racing team. I am thrilled Grand American has elected to stay the course, therefore allowing me to accurately predict the operation expenses for the next year," noted Brumos Racing team owner Bob Snodgrass, whose team campaigns two Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Series.
"This is a sport, but in the end, it is also entertainment. There is a reason Winston Cup is the biggest racing series out there and why there's a couple hundred thousand people at those events. It's because it's an awesome race all the time. When you have a tighter rules package, the cars are closer. You can see that already with not too many cars in our fields, and as we get more and more cars the competition is going to be just great," remarked points leader Mike Borkowski. "I think this is absolutely going to be the best prototype class and the best sports car series."
The Daytona Prototypes were first announced in January 2002 and made their racing debut at this year's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Since then, they have treated race fans across the country to close, competitive racing. Recently a number of teams made announcements about their plans to campaign Daytona Prototypes in 2004 and a dozen of the cars could be in Daytona for the final race of the 2003 season, November 1.
For more information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and to see the 2004 Daytona Prototype rules, visit www.grandamerican.com.