Team HLM – 2 Infiniti G35s For Rolex GT
Among the wave of press conferences and breaking news items at Daytona last weekend, this one was a little overlooked. We couldn’t announce it beforehand, but can do a proper job now, although the team launch isn't happening officially until the Miami Homestead race.

Peter Law and Frank Howard are the men behind the project – to run two of the Crawford-built ‘Prep 2’ cars in the Rolex Series GT Class. The target is to debut the cars at Homestead in March. Johnny Mowlem, Bryan Sellers and Ian James are definitely on the driver strength, with a fourth top class driver set to be anounced shortly.

Andy Scriven, Max Crawford’s chief designer, has come up with the chassis – almost a DP tubeframe, with the engine at the front. Engine power comes from 4.5 Infiniti V8s, prepared by Menards Engineering – effectively a DP engine. All ready for 2007?

"We will run in GT for 2006,” says Peter Law. “We will probably start a development program mid-year to get us into a Daytona Prototype for the 2007 Rolex 24. We haven't decided if we will run cars in both classes in 2007, but our ultimate goal is to run a DP car in Grand Am. More than likely the car would be an Infiniti powered Crawford.”

“The team does have plans to head towards the Daytona Prototype class by the end of this season,” said Johnny Mowlem. “But more importantly for now is to concentrate on the G35s. Frank Howard and Peter Law (Darren’s father) have set up the team with a very clear plan for the future, and they’ve already developed a close relationship with the Infiniti brand in North America.

“I’m sure Andrew (Scriven) and Max (Crawford) are in the process of creating a very competitive car. I drove an Andrew Scriven-designed car before when I drove for Max in his factory P1 prototype at Daytona in 2002 (with Jan Lammers and Tony Stewart), and I know how professional and competitive his organisation is, so I'm hoping for big things from the new car, once we've obviously done some testing and development. The entry will definitely add to the variety in GT, and our aim is obviously to go and hunt Pontiacs and Porsches!”

Mowlem raced the SAMAX Porsche in the Rolex 24, this car setting the third fastest lap in the class, in his hands, so he obviously knows a little about what the competition will be.

"The SAMAX team worked very hard the whole race, and we were a little unlucky not to finish higher up. We showed we had the speed to win, but unfortunately that's only 50% of what it takes to win an endurance race! The Daytona circuit suited the Porsches over the Pontiac, but the handling of the Pontiac, in particular under braking, was exceptional, and that is going to make them a real threat on circuits where handling is more of a premium."


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