© Andrew S. Hartwell
The first Saturday in February 2004 is shaping up to be a new classic for sportscar racing in North America. The Grand-Am sanctioned, Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is expected to have anywhere from 18 to 20 new - and almost new - Daytona Prototypes on the grid. Most of these will be new cars and new teams that either haven't run before at all, or only in limited races at the end of the 2003 season. And the total of new DPs to hit the banking will be at least four times the number that started this race in 2003.
Yes, it would appear the dream of the DP architects is about to come true. But for at least one team, the dream will take a bit longer to become reality.
Terry Rohr intends to endure the tribulations dreamers sometimes experience. Recently, his Gray Tiger Racing effort to build a Daytona Prototype was seemingly written off by the Grand-Am fans that so passionately post on the GA website forum.
An example: "what happened to them, I've heard nothing about testing, or the car they ordered. The web-site doesn't have anything news-wise newer than June 2003. Could someone give me the details here?"
With little news coming out of Rohr's shop and so much news coming from the camps of several other new teams and constructors, one might reasonably conclude that this tiger had been shot. But Terry Rohr's tiger is anything but dead. It just hasn't had much to 'Rohr' about. (Sorry, it just fit so nicely there.)