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DeltaWing Ready For TUDOR Championship Florida Tests

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Dr. Panoz's DeltaWing Elan will close out the ALMS era at Petit Le Mans (Credit: Kelsi Nilsson)

The Elan DeltaWing Coupe is prepared for the Balance of Performance tests at Sebring and Daytona that decide the air restrictor settings and finalise the 2014 prototype rules for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Running in the P1 category last season in the ALMS, the Deltawing will need to be performance balanced downwards to fit into the new Prototype class made up of ACO P2 cars and Grand-Am Daytona Prototypes.

The tests will mark only the second and third time that the car has run on the 2014 spec Continental tyres, it’s also the third time in as many years that the Deltawing has run tyres by a different manufacturer having forays with Michelin in 2012 and Bridgestone this year.

While plans are still to be given the final touches, the tests provide valuable running time for the newly roofed car and for drivers Katherine Legge and Andy Meyrick.

“We were encouraged by the Continental tire test at Road Atlanta and look forward to continuing that progress,” said team manager David Price. “At Sebring, we’ll continue to develop the car on the new tires, while working on reliability and fuel consumption. It will be a new experience for us on the banking at Daytona; we’ll sort out some of the aero package but it’s definitely not beyond the car’s capabilities. Our ultimate goal is 24 hour reliability.”

DeltaWing Racing Cars President and COO Al Speyer said: “We want to support IMSA and the new series in setting specifications for next year, while continuing to demonstrate the car and educate any potential customers who are interested in purchasing a Deltawing Coupe.”

The two tests will take place at Sebring on November 16 and 17 with the Daytona test two days after on November 19 and 20. The sessions will be timed live at http://scoring.imsa.com/united-sportscar.

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