Essex Racing switches to Multimatic in 2004

Essex Racing to campaign Ford Focus Daytona Prototype; first Multimatic-developed, Yates-powered customer car goes to established Atlanta-based sports car experts. ATLANTA, Ga. (June 30, 2003) -- Essex Racing Services announced today that it has...

Essex Racing to campaign Ford Focus Daytona Prototype; first Multimatic-developed, Yates-powered customer car goes to established Atlanta-based sports car experts.

ATLANTA, Ga. (June 30, 2003) -- Essex Racing Services announced today that it has placed an order for a new Multimatic Robert Yates-powered Ford Focus Daytona Prototype. The team plans on taking delivery of the car in late August and then, after initial testing, will enter the Daytona Finale, as a warm-up for the 2004 season.

Essex Racing's President Michael Gue stated, "With Grand American's commitment to rules stability, we are taking the long view and believe that the series will grow, so now is the time for us to commit to a car and be in on the ground floor. We have spent a long time looking at our options and are very impressed with the Multimatic/Ford package. The resources that Multimatic and Yates have available will be a great asset to us throughout the season."

Multimatic's Vice President of Engineering Larry Holt added, "I am thrilled to have done a deal with Michael and Essex Racing. They are one of the very top North American sports car teams, and with Tony Dowe running the technical side of their operation, I don't think we could have found a better organization to showcase our technology. We will be fully supporting them in their championship campaign."

"Ford has a long, rich history of success in endurance racing and Multimatic's winning effort at the Rolex 24 at Daytona reinforced that. To capture the overall pole and win the Daytona Prototype class the first time out was a tremendous accomplishment and a testament to Multimatic's program. Having proven the capabilities of the Ford Focus Daytona Prototype, it's now time for the responsibility of on-track competition to be handed over to customer teams, such as Essex Racing, capable of matching that success," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology.

Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson concluded, "We created the Daytona Prototypes class to stabilize American road racing, and I am encouraged that a well-established team like Essex Racing has recognized this commitment and joined the series. We are very happy they are going to campaign the Ford Focus Daytona Prototype. Competition in the Daytona Prototypes has already been intense and with new teams like Essex Racing joining the field, fans have a lot to get excited about."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Robert Yates