Watkins Glen 6-Hours Grand-Am Rolex Series DP Preview
© Andrew S. Hartwell
The Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes will be racing at Watkins Glen the weekend of June 18-20. This marks the third visit to this historic circuit for the cars that Grand Am hopes will usher in a new era in American sportscar racing. And while some may choose to dispute this new beginning, the facts at present suggest that the 2004 running of the Sahlens 6-hours of Watkins Glen will be substantially improved over the 2003 version for sheer numbers of competitors alone.
From humble beginnings in 2003, the Grand-Am Rolex series has experienced explosive growth in the premier Daytona Prototype class. The proof will be in the pudding - or should we say 'paddock'? - with the entry list for the 2004 edition of the 6-hours showing more than three times the number of entries that ran in DP last year. In 2003, just 5 new DP's started the race. For 2004, the DP count has grown to 18. And the number of teams campaigning a DP is up to 14 versus just 4 that ran in the inaugural visit to this historic circuit. That kind of growth is remarkable. And it appears the people buying into the series are thinking this is a sure thing.
At least it has been a sure thing so far for the limited number of constructors - give or take a few.
But coming back to the contrast between 03 and 04 at the Glen, the four DP teams that ran the 6-hours last year were Brumos Porsche (2 Fabcar chassis), Cegwa Sport (Toyota-Fabcar), G+W Motorsports (BMW-Picchio) and Bell Motorsports (Chevy-Doran). All of them will be back this year, but some changes in driver lineups and chassis choices have been made. And as we said earlier, many more new faces will be joining them on the track.