Team HLM Continues Work for Rolex Grand-Am Series Debut DAYTON, OH (May 25, 2006)-Despite an anticipated launch timeline, Team HLM announced today that the Dayton, Ohio-based team will continue research and development before making its ...
Team HLM Continues Work for Rolex Grand-Am Series Debut
DAYTON, OH (May 25, 2006)-Despite an anticipated launch timeline, Team HLM announced today that the Dayton, Ohio-based team will continue research and development before making its official Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series debut. While the motorsports community has anxiously been awaiting the arrival of Team HLM and their two Infiniti G35 GT Coupes to the GT division of the Rolex series, the brand new race car has been undergoing continued development to meet the new organization's competition goals.
"We have said all along that we wouldn't go racing until everything is right," explained Team HLM co-owner Frank Howard. "The reality is, that philosophy hasn't changed. We decided on a set of criteria on the competition and commercial sides of Team HLM, and we're not going to lower our standards to meet an arbitrary timeline. That's not what Team HLM stands for and that's not what our partners would expect either."
"Unfortunately, as with any new race car, there are design issues and such that come up," added co-owner Peter Law. "We have been working through those with Crawford Race Cars and Menards Engineering International. On the commercial front, I think we're right on track and everything is heading in a very positive direction."
Last week, the Infiniti G35 underwent some initial shakedown testing with excellent results.
"We were very happy with the testing," said Max Crawford, whose outfit led the sessions. "Normally, when you are at this point, you expect certain problems and we had zero issues really. Team HLM and Crawford Race Cars put a checklist in place early on and we didn't want to sacrifice that set of goals. We wanted to be competitive out of the box, because the Rolex Grand-Am Series demands it. We all made the decision to not waiver, and continue to finish out that checklist. I can say that we are very happy right now with where we are at with the Infiniti."
Team HLM will continue testing in the upcoming weeks and then re-evaluate its formal competition debut.