Whelen Motorsports

Marsh Racing & Whelen are stepping up to the Prototype class in 2014

IMSA • July 19, 2013

Next January's Rolex 24 At Daytona will be a completely different experience for GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series veteran Boris Said.

He and co-driver Eric Curran will be behind the wheel of a Corvette DP rather than their current GT class No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette.

"It's a different discipline but it should be easier (in one respect) not worrying about looking in my mirrors all the time," Said explained.

Actually, Said has competed in the Daytona Prototype class before. He teamed with Jörg Bergmeister in Krohn Racing's Ford/Riley to win the 2006 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Curran, who boasts two GT victories, has yet to compete in DP.

Said participated in GRAND-AM's initial DP event and recalled there were only five cars on the grid.

"It's a lot tougher now. There are a lot of good teams," said Said, looking forward to competing in the new United SportsCar Racing sanctioned by IMSA. "I hope we see races with 40 cars."

Marsh Racing is sponsored by Whelen Engineering, whose owner, Sonny Whelen, gave the greenlight for the move. As a dyed-in-the-wool Chevrolet proponent, Whelen is ecstatic about the esthetics of the Corvette DP. He also sees enhanced sponsor value in the shift to DP, which will be combined with the American Le Mans Series' existing P2 class to form next season's Prototype class.

Whelen calls it a "win-win" decision.

Marsh Racing purchased a 2010 Coyote-chassis car from Spirit of Daytona Racing and will work with the Florida-based team when intensive testing begins as early as next month. Whelen drove the car in last week's Goodwood Festival of Speed in Great Britain.

"The big thing is that both Boris and I will need seat time," Curran said. "We'll need to get in the car and drive it."

Said and Curran will continue to compete in the GT class this season where they rank ninth in driver points entering next week's Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis. The team is coming off consecutive seventh-place finishes and logged its only podium – a third – at Barber Motorsports Park earlier this spring. The pair was the seventh-place GT finisher in last year's inaugural Brickyard race.

SPEED will broadcast the July 26 Brickyard Grand Prix at 7:30 p.m. ET.