© Andrew S. Hartwell
Those who know the history of the origins of the Grand American Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class know that Dave Klym was right there at the very beginning, lending his voice to the call for an "American" series that would open up opportunities for chassis builders. Klym - as the owner of Fabcar, a company with a proven track record in race car construction - had a keen interest in developing a series that would lead people to buy new racecars. Cars that companies like his, and Kevin Doran's Doran Designs, and Max Crawford's Crawford Composites could build. New cars meant new dollars and, perhaps, even more success on the race track, leading to the sale of even more new cars.
Those initial discussions occurred at a time when the costs of sportscar racing - and the factory teams that were winning races left and right - were making it harder and harder for smaller constructors to sell cars. It was a time when a new approach was needed if the builders were going to prosper. With the end of the 2005 season one race away, it is appropriate that we take a look at what the Grand Am "experiment" has meant to Fabcar and what the future holds for the Brumos Racing team, the team that runs a pair of Fabcar FDSC cars. This team hasn't missed a single Grand Am Rolex Series race since the very first one, the 2003 Rolex 24 hours.