The current design and build is being done by Danny Perez in Tampa with assistance from Mike Schmidt. Danny has contributed greatly to Rodger Cook's Prince DSR which remains the
dominant car/driver combination in the SE Div.
It is my understanding that Glenn Cooper will head up the driver development for the project. Glenn is a very experienced racer lately in a Formula Mazda, which I believe he has
sold. He was extremely quick in Ben's Radical at Sebring, but suffered a mechanical failure early on in that race.
I think the bodywork remains as pictured at the PRI last year, but an entirely new tube frame and suspension are being developed, using the very successful Prince design from
Rodger's car as a template, so to speak. They were hoping to have #1 ready to shake down at Kershaw in a few weeks but Schmidty told me today that "it ain't ready yet".
I've seen the tube frame and Danny had some pictures of the car in progress that he shared at Sebring.
From what I know of those involved in the project, I expect that it will be a solid performer right out of the box, will not suffer for lack of development funds, and will be
tested and refined by two excellent drivers (Glenn and Mike).
I don't know what Ben's marketing plan is, but Danny assures me that the price will be competitive in the "turn key" DSR realm and that there will be a variety of
options available including motorcylce engine mounts for all the usual suspects. I believe the first two chassis will have GSXR engines for power. Stay tuned. It's a good
ride." Craig Stafford
September 17, 2004