Engine certification guidelines released

Daytona Prototypes Engine certification guidelines released. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released guidelines and an application form for testing and certifying engines for the Daytona Prototypes...

Daytona Prototypes Engine certification guidelines released.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 23, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association released guidelines and an application form for testing and certifying engines for the Daytona Prototypes class, which will debut at the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Testing and certification of engines will be conducted at Pro-Motor Engineering in Mooresville, N.C. Once an engine has been tested and certified, it will be legal and eligible for competition specifically as approved. "When we test an engine, we will specify certain components, measurements and performance criteria for that engine," Daytona Prototypes Project Manager Mark Raffauf explained. "Engines used in competition must meet all the criteria and specifications we establish."

Teams wishing to use an approved engine with a different configuration will have an option. The first example of a single brand/model engine will be tested and certified at no charge. Teams or engine builders wishing to use the same engine with different components or specifications may resubmit that engine for approval with those different characteristics, but all submissions of an engine after the base brand/model has been approved will be charged a $3,000 testing fee.

"We don't want to close the door on any engine builder's own way of doing things. In fact, we are looking forward to having a class with a lot of different engines," Grand American Director of Competition Dave Watson added. "But at the same time, it isn't practical for us to underwrite the testing of every tuning theory that gets presented to us. Obviously, if someone has an engine they want to put in a car, they should get it to us right away so they can avoid the testing fee."

In addition to submitting the application form, companies need to schedule an appointment with Pro-Motor Engineering by calling PME President Peter Guild at (704) 664-6800.

More information on the Daytona Prototypes and the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.

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