2007 Crawford Childress-Howard Daytona Prototype news, pictures, and information
This Pontiac Crawford was recently unveiled under partnership from superstar NASCAR team Richard Childress Racing and longtime sports car racers Howard Motorsports. Richard Childress Racing captured six top level NASCAR championship with legend Dale Earnhardt, while Howard Motorsports began competing in the Rolex Series in 2004 and has earned six victories and twenty podium finishes in only 47 races. Rolex 24 at Daytona champion Andy Wallace, along with a yet to be announced co-driver, will campaign races in the 2008 Rolex Series including stops throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Daytona Prototypes are exotic, mid-engine machines that are seriously built for competition on the race track. Low to the ground and capable of speeds in excess of 185 mph, Daytona Prototypes also feature the latest in car technology, including carbon fiber side-impact panels and a multi-point roll cage with a unique center post at mid-windshield.
Daytona Prototype chassis, which are required to weigh a minimum of 2250 lbs, cost between $400,000 and $550,000, but the cars can be raced in their current configuration for several years within Grand-Am's stable rules package. Several different chassis constructors and many well-known engine manufacturers participate in Rolex Series Daytona Prototype competition. The No. 2 is powered by a 500 horsepower Pontiac 5-liter V8 and the chassis is built by Crawford Race Cars.
Childress-Howard Motorsports to Field Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Team for Partial Season in 2008Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and Howard Motorsports have joined forces as Childress-Howard Motorsports (CHM) to field a Daytona Prototype team for a limited number of events in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
The announcement was made and the No. 2 CHM Pontiac Crawford was unveiled Jan. 21 at the RCR facility during its stop on the NASCAR Media Tour. The team will utilize the driving talents of Andy Wallace and be powered by a Pontiac engine in a Crawford DPO3 chassis.
'This is a fantastic opportunity for everyone involved in the Childress-Howard Motorsports program,' said Richard Childress, president and CEO of Richard Childress Racing. '
Rick Howard, president of Howard Motorsports of Denver, N.C., began competing in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype Class in 2004. In 47 events, the team has won six races and earned 20 podium (top three) finishes. This is the second time Howard has teamed up wîth RCR – he was involved wîth the Mom ‘N' Pop's / Western Steer Family Steakhouse program that was an associate sponsor of Dale Earnhardt's legendary No. 3 GM Goodwrench team from 1991-96.
'I've been involved in motorsports for over 45 years, and have been very fortunate to enjoy many highlights,' said Howard. 'But, the formation of Childress-Howard Motorsports could be the brightest highlight. We have enjoyed success in the Rolex Series since our first race in 2004, but this association wîth Richard (Childress) will take this team to a new level. I know that Jim France has a passion for the Grand-Am Rolex Series, and hopefully Childress-Howard Motorsports can increase the exposure for the series and encourage new owners and teams to be involved. We look forward to a relationship wîth a marketing partner and developing this championship caliber team.'
Wallace, of Oxford, England, counts three Rolex 24 at Daytona (1990, '97, '99), one 24 Hours of Le Mans (1988), and two 12 Hours of Sebring (1992, '93) championships in a stellar professional racing career that began in the 1980s. He has driven for Howard Motorsports since 2004.
'This is an exciting announcement wîth the formation of Childress-Howard Motorsports,' said Wallace. 'I've been wîth Howard Motorsports since their start in 2004, and have been fortunate to contribute to the development of this team and the Crawford chassis. It will be exciting to get back to racing and continue what we have started. The Grand-Am Rolex Series continues to get more and more competitive, and to succeed, you need to go up a gear in every direction. With Childress-Howard Motorsports, this is a perfect opportunity to push our program forward.'
Crawford Race Cars, LLC, is a North Carolina company located near Charlotte. CRC is one of the original, approved chassis constructors for the Grand-Am Rolex Series. CRC designs, engineers, and develops the Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype as well as GT chassis. Crawford Race Cars, LLC was formed in 1998.
Andrew Scriven, whose design talents have proven very successful since the 1980s in sports car racing, Indy Car racing and NASCAR, is the chief designer for Crawford Race Cars.
'The formation of Childress-Howard Motorsports is tremendous news for Crawford Race Cars and our Daytona Prototype Crawford chassis,' said Max Crawford, president of Crawford Race Cars. 'Crawford has been an ardent support of the Grand-Am Rolex Series, and this association is a wonderful opportunity to continue that support. I am so happy for my long-time friend, Rick Howard, and his partnership wîth Richard Childress. Both men have outstanding integrity and their prominence in racing is evident by the depth of their organizations. Rick Howard had tremendous success wîth Howard Motorsports in Grand-Am wîth the Crawford DP03 chassis, and I feel this partnership will put Crawford Race Cars back in victory lane.'
About Richard Childress RacingRichard Childress Racing (www.rcrracing.com) has earned nearly 180 victories and 11 NASCAR championships, including the 2007 NASCAR Busch Series owners' point title and six in the Cup Series wîth the legendary Dale Earnhardt. RCR was the first organization to win championships in the Cup Series, Busch Series and Truck Series. Its 2008 Cup Series lineup includes Clint Bowyer (No. 07 Jack Daniel's), Kevin Harvick (No. 29 Shell-Pennzoil) and Jeff Burton (No. 31 AT&T). Its 2008 Nationwide Series lineup includes Clint Bowyer (No. 2 BB&T), Bobby Labonte (No. 21 Chevrolet) and Burton and Scott Wimmer (No. 29 Holiday Inn).
About Howard Motorsports
Howard Motorsports, LLC (www.howardmotorsports.com) is a car racing entity based in Denver, North Carolina. Howard Motorsports enjoys a close factory relationship wîth GM and Crawford Race Cars and is an integral part of the development of the Crawford DP03 chassis. Howard Motorsports began competing in the Rolex Series in 2004 and has earned six victories and twenty podium finishes in only 47 races. Howard Motorsports looks forward to reentering the Grand-Am Rolex Series wîth their Pontiac Crawford DP03 cars under the name Childress-Howard Motorsports.
About Crawford Race Cars
Crawford Race Cars, LLC. was formed in 1998 and is one of the original approved chassis constructors for the Grand-Am Rolex Series. A full-service design, engineering, and development manufacturer, CRC's first Rolex Series win came at Virginia International Raceway wîth the SSC2K in September, 2002. The first win for the Crawford DP03 Daytona Prototype came in March, 2004, at the Homestead-Miami Speedway. CRC test, development, and lead driver, Andy Wallace, scored both historic wins for the company.Source - Childress-Howard Motorsports
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