DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 30, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association announced rules for the Daytona Prototypes that will become the featured class in the Rolex Sports Car Series beginning in 2003. The class will consist of the open ...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 30, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association announced rules for the Daytona Prototypes that will become the featured class in the Rolex Sports Car Series beginning in 2003. The class will consist of the open cockpit roadsters of the current SportsRacing Prototype class and new Daytona Coupes. Specifications for the design of the coupes are now available and several car builders are ready to take orders for cars.
"We are proud to introduce this new category for sports car racing," Grand American President Roger Edmondson commented. "Preliminary drawings we have seen from designers show sleek full-bodied race cars that American race fans will easily identify with. The new Daytona Coupes are taking sports car racing in the same direction as the automobile industry. American and international manufacturers are introducing sleek sporty cars to meet the interests of the public. In the same way, the Daytona Coupes are the next logical step in the evolution of prototype sports cars."
Competition among the roadsters and coupes will be tight with both categories of cars conforming to the same engine, weight and tire size regulations. Engines for the cars will be approved in two categories. Normally aspirated production six or eight-cylinder 245 CID powerplants will be open to modification, allowing America's hot rod spirit to thrive. The second category for V-8 engines up to 305 CID will have tightly controlled specifications and must be run as produced.
"The engines we have in mind are the latest powerplants that American and international manufacturers are offering to the buying public," Grand American Director of Competition Dave Watson noted. "Our specifications on the engines, just like the specifications on the rest of the car, are based on a collaborative effort by a variety of individuals that have been at the forefront of sports car racing and have the knowledge and commitment to the sport to help us move forward."
The Daytona Coupes will be sophisticated race cars with engines, chassis and bodies integrated into a performance package sure to interest both fans and competitors. "We started this project with a simple goal," Edmondson continued, "To offer the broadest opportunity for people interested in sports car racing to participate in a major professional racing series. With a reasonable cap on technology designed into the rules, major championship racing will be open to more people than ever before."
More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.