Rule Changes Announced For Daytona Prototypes Cost-Savers Include No More Traction Control, Fuel Cell Changes and Test Tire Regs DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 13, 2006) -- A number of rule changes all designed to control costs in the Daytona ...
Rule Changes Announced For Daytona Prototypes
Cost-Savers Include No More Traction Control, Fuel Cell Changes and Test Tire Regs
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 13, 2006) -- A number of rule changes all designed to control costs in the Daytona Prototype category of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve were announced today by series officials and will be enforced commencing with the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 27 -- 28.
The changes include the elimination of traction control and high-cost internal modifications to fuel cells as well as revised Hoosier test tire allocations that should provide teams with more opportunities to use the tires they earn the right to purchase.
"Our continuous goal with all of our racing series is to keep costs in-check and the racing relatively affordable," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "Incredibly close racing and intense competition -- and we have seen plenty of that in the Rolex Series the last few years -- can drive costs up so it is up to us to do what we can to keep expenses under control."
Traction control has been closely monitored by Grand-Am since the Daytona Prototype category debuted in 2003, but the decision to eliminate it was made after a successful first test of the new series-standard Bosch 4.3 Engine Control Units (ECU) at Daytona International Speedway last week. The new SunTrust/Wayne Taylor Racing team recently completed its transition to all new equipment, support vehicles and race staff and set the pace during the test straight out-of-the-box with one of the new ECUs.
The fuel cell changes do away with high-cost internal components that teams were adopting to speed-up refuelling on pit stops. Instead, Grand-Am officials have increased the size of the fuel hose restrictor that basically provides for a larger filler hole to allow for quicker refuelling.
The new Hoosier test tire allocations will see all teams competing in the Rolex 24 granted the right to purchase six sets of test tires. Another six-set allotment will then be made available to any team that competes in the year's first three races (including the Rolex 24). The 12 sets of Hoosiers can be used at any time throughout the year but will be impounded by Hoosier on race weekends. All teams must notify Grand-Am two weeks prior to all testing and that information will be posted on grandamerican.com commencing in 2007.
Two more series test sessions will be conducted before the 2007 Rolex 24. A two-day test session at Homestead-Miami Speedway takes place on December 5 -- 6 while traditional Daytona Test Days take place January 4 -- 6.