DP Rule Changes
Grand Am announced a number of rule changes yesterday, November
13, “all designed to control costs in the Daytona Prototype
is gone, with effect from next year’s Rolex 24, changes to
fuel cells are banned and there are 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.”
The decision to eliminate traction control was made after last week’s
test at Daytona, in which some teams used the Bosch ECU for the
first time. The SunTrust Riley has always run with the Bosch system,
and that ran trouble free at the Daytona test. The Riley Motorsports
Riley used the Bosch system last week, as did one of the Howard
Motorsports Crawfords – both struggling to get the system
working well – while Brumos went home after losing an engine.
challenge from Grand Am will be to ensure that traction control
has been eliminated? Why eliminate it anyway, when the Bosch system
can be made to work? Presumably there will be implications in terms
of tyre wear and 'gentleman driver pace', compared to the professionals.
The fuel cell
changes “do away with high-cost internal components that teams
were adopting to speed-up refuelling on pit stops”. Instead,
the size of the fuel hose restrictor has been increased.
The explanation of the new tyre regulations reads as follows:
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.