DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 1, 2013 - As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced today plans to bring its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.
The new engine, which will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26 and run the entire 12-race season, will power a new-look Daytona Prototype car, created with Ford corporate design influence. Michael Shank Racing is on board as the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its DP car.
For me, Petit Le Mans started in 1999. I missed the inaugural race in 1998 due to family obligations. Since then I have been in attendance every year. During that time Petit Le Mans has been one of the crown jewels in the American Le Mans Series calendar. The race is a baby when compared to the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but in a short amount of time it has become a prestigious race with teams from around the globe coming to Road Atlanta to try and conquer the course and the competition.
Following a four-hour steering committee meeting at Circuit of The Americas between officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), both organizations today confirmed a collaborative decision that cars eligible for the Prototype class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the LM P2 category internationally will remain so through the conclusion of the 2016 season.
Rising gospel music star Maurice Griffin will sing the National Anthem prior to the start of the 16th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Griffin is a 2013 Stellar Award Nominee for New Artist of the Year, and already has a long list of accomplishments in gospel entertainment. He is a Gospel Treasure Winner at the National Gospel Music Workshop of America and an alumni of BET's Sunday Best (Season 2). Griffin was honored as Best Male Vocalist of the Year at the Dorinda Clark-Cole Singers and Musicians Conference.
Griffin is currently filming a reality show entitled "Life After Sunday Best" and working on his full Christmas Project entitled "My Holiday" set to release Dec. 3, 2013. Now residing in Jacksonville, Florida, Griffin is proud to be a product of Chicago, where he was raised. He got his start under the direction of gospel producers Percy and Jeral Gray of Chicago, and has since established his own music production company, MGM Chicago Music Group. (www.MauriceGriffinOnline.com)