2012 Daytona Prototype Moving Forward with an Eye at Daytona 24

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - GRAND-AM is moving forward with the new generation of Daytona Prototypes scheduled to debut next season, starting with the 50th anniversary running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28-29, 2012.

Cars built to the new regulations will be called "DPG3" - a reference to what will be the third generation for the DPs, which debuted in 2003 as GRAND-AM's premier Rolex Series class. DPG3s will be distinguished by an all-new body with a smaller greenhouse for better proportion, with new regulations also offering more potential for brand character and design innovation throughout the rest of the bodywork.

GRAND-AM has instituted a design approval process for current licensed constructors. The process has multiple phases, similar to past processes. Earlier this month, GRAND-AM received submissions including detailed CAD models from all three current and active constructors: Coyote, Dallara and Riley.

GRAND-AM is working with these partners to enable an OEM body design applicable to more than one chassis - and also, constructor-branded body designs.

Earlier this week, GRAND-AM responded to the submissions, confirming that the body/chassis designs conform to the new regulations; and approving the constructors to move forward in the design/development process subject to future rounds of approval.

Renderings of the DPG3 are in the works, said GRAND-AM Vice President of Competition Dave Spitzer.

"We know our fans want to see the new cars, and we're working diligently to provide those ‘sneak previews'," Spitzer said. "The expectation is that by mid-August, we will be able to show images that will definitely boost interest and excitement for the Rolex 24 and the rest of the 2012 season."

Daytona Prototypes were introduced in 2003; they're set to race for the 113th time on Sunday, at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The first generation of the DPs raced through the end of the 2007 season; the second generation began in 2008 and will continue to race into the future.

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