GRAND-AM Mandating Intensified Post-Race Inspection Procedure

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 14, 2011) – Kicking off a new, intensified post-race inspection process, GRAND-AM announced today that an examination of the No. 01 BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype that won the Rolex 24 At Daytona has been completed, with no rule violations found.

Following the Jan. 30 victory by the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates entry, the car was transported to the NASCAR Research and Development Center in Concord, N.C., as part of an ongoing commitment to monitoring the competitive environment in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and keeping the playing field as level as possible.

“This marks the beginning of a ‘stepped-up’ procedure to inspect our race cars,” said GRAND-AM President Tom Bledsoe. “We feel extremely confident about our procedure. It is thorough … the ultimate fine-tooth comb, so to speak.”

During the inspection of the No. 01, both GRAND-AM technical staff and No. 01 team members were on hand. The following were completely disassembled and inspected: All wiring, electrical and electronic systems; dash display and data systems; bodywork and floor panels; engine and engine management systems; the clutch, gearbox, differential, uprights and wheel bearings; brake calipers; and suspension dampers.

“Deep post-race inspections of this type are a necessity, as we continue to monitor and grow the Daytona Prototype class,” Bledsoe said. “This process will continue, as a normal part of our post-race process.”

source http://www.grand-am.com

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