American Le Mans Series team Conquest has tested its LMP2 Morgan-Nissan at Grand-Am's headline venue Daytona as part of preparations for the Grand-Am and ALMS merger in 2014.
The unification of the two series is expected to see LMP2 cars and Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype machinery become the headline categories. Conquest driver Martin Plowman ran alongside a number of Grand-Am teams at Daytona, venue for Grand-Am's showpiece 24-hour race, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The outing was an initial data gathering exercise, as the car employed the Continental tires used for Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype class.
“That was a great experience, running our P2 car through those high banks was definitely a different feel to what we are used to," related Plowman We had a specific plan to make sure we adapted the setup of the car to the Continental tires, we ended up very happy with the result. The tires performed very well, we could make changes and have a good reading on the balance of the car and we are confident that we left the track with a good understanding on how to move forward.”
Team boss Eric Bachelart was delighted his squad had been involved in the exercise, which he felt was an important step towards American sports car racing's future.
"Sharing the track with the Grand-Am cars was a very positive glimpse into the future," he said. "We are all working together now to make sure that the unified series will be a big success both for the teams and the fans."