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Exclusive: First Photos of Daytona Prototype Evo

Exclusive: First photos of Spirit of Daytona DP with aero modifications…

Photo: Halston Pitman/MotorSportMedia

Photo: Halston Pitman/MotorSportMedia

With a draft version of the 2014 Daytona Prototype technical regulations having recently been released, teams are beginning to gear up for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in their own ways.

One DP team that’s been looking to get a head start is Spirit of Daytona Racing, which has tested aero modifications to its Corvette DP. The Troy Flis-led team rolled out with a self-developed underbody tunnel last month and was spotted testing today at Road Atlanta by photographer Halston Pitman.

Pitman, of MotorSportMedia, has provided Sportscar365 with exclusive photos of the Coyote-chassied DP, as it took part in a one-day Continental Tire test, alongside Marsh Racing’s DP, believed to be running to 2013 specification.

The DeltaWing, running on Continental tires for the first time, as well as an undisclosed GT Daytona car, which turned its first laps in America, were also on hand at the test Monday.

Further developments appear to have been made to the DP’s aero package, including a dual-element rear wing and tunnel/diffuser package, both of which have been included in the initial set of DP technical regulations. Additionally, revised bodywork appears in the nose and side sections as well.

It’s understood SDR’s tunnels/diffuser mod is not officially approved by IMSA, although data from its initial test at Roebling Road Raceway was used towards the design of the official aero updates, according to vice president of competition and technical regulations, Scot Elkins.

The official rollout of the new parts could come prior to next month’s Balance of Performance tests at Sebring and Daytona.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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