When you can take something good and make it better, you do it. That is what Dennis Spencer and Team Spencer Motorsports have done with their time-tested and race-proven Kudzu-Mazda racecar. And with their 'new and improved' chassis, this veteran team is once again set to challenge the high banking of the Daytona International Speedway in the 40th anniversary running of the Grand American Road Racing Association sanctioned Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The turning hands of time have never deterred the likes of Dennis Spencer or the Kudzu. The team finished second in class at last year's race. For 2002, the team has improved the car beyond its original design in an attempt to bring them back to the top step of the podium. A position they have occupied in the past.
The driver lineup for the Rolex includes Dennis Spencer, Rich Grupp, Ryan Hampton, and Barry Waddell. The team won their class at the "6 Hours of the Glen" (Watkins Glen International race circuit) in both 2000 and 2001. The team also made the record books in 2001 - at Watkins Glen - by being the first SRP2 class chassis in the history of Grand-Am to ever finish 3rd overall, putting them on the same podium with the 1st and 2nd placed SRP class winners.
The entire team is excited to be in a newer car that is still based upon traditional time proven qualities, but updated to reflect competitive pressures and changes in the rules. FabWorks Machine and Design, located in Buford, GA, worked with Team Spencer Motorsports to update the original car design. The revisions bring the car up to current regulations and have in effect created a substantially different racecar from the original 07 Kudzu that rolled out of the Downing/Atlanta manufacturing facility in 1996. The basic Kudzu's time tested, bulletproof design fundamentals have been maintained.
To identify the enhanced chassis a new model # of DLM/FW has been assigned.
The 2001 car differs from the original 1996 Kudzu DLM in several ways.
Increase from 16" wheels to 18" BBS wheels to meet the recent rules changes
Modified Aluminum honeycomb tub to accommodate aerodynamic and chassis changes
Suspension and chassis modifications to increase adjustability of the car
Lower profile frontal area bodywork
Front nose box and splitter improvements
6 piece body style
Roll bar aerodynamics and fairing open area
Rear wing to meet recent rules changes
Data acquisition and logging improvements
Heavier "endurance" 5 speed transmission
Many of these changes were made and tested during the middle of the 2001 season and were in place and tested at the Grand Am finale at Daytona in November.
The car will still carry the team colors of Orange/Blue and White with the familiar CrocoTile modular flooring sponsorship logo on the nose with Trench Shoring Services picking up the ad space on the sides.
Team sponsors are CrocoTile Flooring and Trench Shoring Services.
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Last updated Jan.22,2002