© Andrew S. Hartwell
While looking over the Daytona test day's entry list I came across two familiar names that hadn't been seen on a sportscar roster for at least a year or more. Under the Southard Motorsports BMW-Fabcar listing, the names George Robinson and Jack Baldwin appeared right alongside veteran Shane Lewis and team owner Steve Southard. While I found the number of entries at the test days to be indicative of a strong series, seeing the former 74 Ranch duo of Robinson and Baldwin told me the best was likely yet to come.
Over the last few years, save for 2003, Robinson and Baldwin competed together in the Grand-Am and the ALMS series. Followers of sportscar action could always count on seeing the orange and blue 74 Ranch Racing entry on the starting grid. After a long run in Trans-Am, Robinson started out in prototype racing in a Riley & Scott MKIII. He later went to a Reynard chassis and then finally to a Riley & Scott MKIIIC. When the Grand-Am was tweaking what would become the rules for a new era in sportscar racing, Robinson decided to wait it out and see what direction sportscar racing would take. His primary driving partner, Jack Baldwin, put his driving suit in the closet and signed on to broadcast the Grand-Am Rolex series on SPEED Channel.
Well, things do change and it seems what was old may once again be new in 2004.