© Andrew S. Hartwell
The first race of the 2004 Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series was - by many accounts - a complete success. Now the Crawford and SunTrust teams would argue that point because of the mechanical issues that knocked them out so near the end of the grueling 24-hour event. But even those teams that didn't reach the podium would have to concede the race set a tone for the second season of the Daytona Prototypes that suggests even more people will become involved in the series. The racing action was there, just as the Grand-Am's founders said it would be.
Leading up to the Rolex 24, several new teams were formed and new chassis' were purchased, by people who all shared a desire to be a part of this latest incarnation of sportscar racing in North America. The series has grown substantially in just a relatively short period of time. And the series is about to grow again, by at least one more chassis and team.
Jon "Chevy" Leavy recently added his name to the Homestead race entry list for what is the second race of the second season for the DP's. And a point of extreme interest to many who have begun to pay close attention to the series is the car he is planning to run. Leavy will race a Pontiac Chase.