Grand Entrance: Three New GRAND-AM Corvette DPs Test at Daytona
story by Keith Cornett
images by Eric Gilbert and Joe Jennings
Three new Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes arrived in Daytona for two days of testing at the International Speedway as the GRAND-AM series prepares for its season opener at the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 28-29, 2012. Joining the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP that made its public debut last month was the white No. 10 SunTrust Racing Corvette DP, and two entries from Action Express Racing, the No. 5 and No. 9 Corvette DPs also turned their first laps.
The drivers for Action Express are David Donohue and Bondurant executive Darren Law who will pilot the No. 5 Corvette and they joined by Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and JC France who are driving the No. 9 Corvette DP.
Driving the No. 10 Corvette DP for SunTrust Racing is Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor. Corvette Racing aces Antonio Garcia and Oliver Gavin were once again behind the wheel of the blue No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP that was unveiled three weeks ago.
The one Corvette DP that we’ve haven’t yet seen is the No. 99 Red Dragon from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing. Although that Corvette has yet to turn a lap at Daytona, it was the first Daytona Prototype to official enter the 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona.
There are still several testing dates to come before the season opener in late January. Teams not testing this week will have the opportunity to shake down their new cars at Daytona on Monday, Dec. 19. and the next official activity for the Rolex Series will be the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 5-8. The 2012 Rolex Series opens with the Jan 28-29 50th Anniversary Rolex 24 At Daytona.