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Rotaries outlawed from Daytona 24
Submitted by SuperUser on Wednesday, January 29, 2003 - 5:25pm

This year, the Grand-Am sanctioning body, outlawed all Rotary Engine Powered
Race cars at the Daytona Rolex 24 Hour Race. Section 3-1.6 Rotary engines are not allowed (Rolex Series only). We take this as another one of
those misguided and ignorant decisions, by rules makers and sanctioning
bodies that do not and care not to understand the Rotary power plant. The
Rotary engine has been a mainstay of endurance sports car racing around the
world, for 3 decades. Endurance racing is one of the last great places where
the inherent values of the Rotary Engine can still shine through, at a world
class level of competition, although it's been severely regulated/restricted
of late.

We wanted to ask all Rotary enthusiast what they thought of Grand-Am's
decision to ban Rotary Power, at this, one of the most famous, 24-hour
races. Please send us your thoughts and comments, and we will compile them
and send them to Grand-Am. Let's get Rotary Power back on the endurance
circuit! We want to show Grand-Am and all Road Racing sanctioning bodies,
that Rotary enthusiast play a major part in supporting sports car racing and
we want to see Rotaries back in the game! Click the link below to leave your feedback.

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subject:
Tech & friend to Rotorheads
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Why have you done this again! I am talking directly to the sanctioning bodies, of course! Racing is based on competition, When you decide to eliminate part of it by a vote you yourself have become less competitive. What happened to the saying " If you can't beat them, join them !!" By voting out a small percentage of people, you have in effect, admited your short comings. You have now started a new saying " If you can't beat them, vote them out!" Sampson defeated Golieth because it was one on one, I suppose if Golieth had a sanctioning body he could have defeated Sampson by voting him out !!

The truth is --- that now cars and drivers are going to win by default because some were already eliminated from competition and never got to start their engines. I find this to be a very sad thing.


Chris Greene
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subject:
computer engineer
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The only car race I have ever designed family vacations around is the Rolex 24, and the reason I went was because it was the best place in the U.S. to see a rotary engine running full bore all day long. No more...

It's too bad that they can't come up with some sort of handicap system that accomodates this particular non-traditional design, considering the other accomodations they already make for other design variations...
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subject:
Where to send our "massive" letters of protest.
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
As a disappointed rotary engine fan, I would like to ask you guys at rotary news if ypou could facilitate a address were we fans can voice our dissatisfaction with these officials and their ill conceived desition to ban rotary engines from the competition. Also, I think Mazda should consider taking legal action against this sanctioning body, because the lack of rotary presence will work against Mazda rotary sales by lack of exposure and misconceptions arising from this biased and obscure desition.
Jaime Aguirre
Rotary engine fan
No [pistons, valves, cams, etc...no bull!
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subject:
rotorhead
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The banning of rotaries can, at best, be called shortsighted. When all entrants are reduced to running identical everything, NASCAR-style pileups will be inevitable... Why is it that revolutionary ideas must first be ridiculed, then hated, then banned, before becoming accepted as obvious? Guess we'll just have to create "rotaries-only" racing in response! St--id d--n pis--n-pus---g id--ts!
Pistons suck; ports flow...any questions?
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
It's simply asinine to ban rotaries from this endurance race. The sanctioning body must not be true performance enthusiast.

You've lost a fan....you @%(*&*( !
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subject:
how can they do this?
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
rotary engine is the most brilliant invention in automobile history. no one understands that, and these people heading this endurance event are just adding fuel to the sentiment that rotaries are in some way inferior. just wait till the rotaries come back to glory like in the early 90's with 787B victory at Le Mans
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I believe they should at least state the reason for banning the rotary engine. I sure can't think of any.
Very discouraging!!! Bad move...
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subject:
Operations manager
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
This ruling is foolish at best. What is the point? If the car meets the rest of the rules, what difference does the engine type make? If there is a demonstrated performance advantage then further restrictions and weight penalties can be applied. What they have done is effectivly removed a large part of the available competition pool at a time when major league road racing is floundering in this country. Further everyone in racing complains constantly about the cost of racing, one of the largest costs is the engine program. The least expensive horspower vs. cost is rotary power
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subject:
Mazda banned
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I am a huge fan of Mazda rotary racing, I have seen and heard The Mazda 4 rotor gto cars, the rx-792p and jim downings car many times. I believe the Grand Am sanctioning body has taken a turn and not in the right direction. The ALMS will become stronger and grand am will now be in the shadow of nascar. The rotary engine was not banned from Lemans and if Mazda decide to get back in the game with the renesis it will be to recapture lemans. So may the mazdas keep wailing and their exhaust keep glowing "cherry red"...

Go Mazda!!!
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I could respond appropriately if there had been a reason given in the articles. Why are Rotaries not allowed? The Rotary and Mazda have been a big part of this world famous endurance race for many years. I just don't understand.. Grand American may have just lost a fan!

LC
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
This decision is based on the fact that the rotary has an inherant advantage in endurance compaired to piston engines and if Mazda rotary powered cars begain to dominate the series then eventually other makes would pullout. Too bad that the american public will not be allowed to know the truth. Reminds me of Audi being outlawed because of the quattro advantage. Current restictions are sufficient. Thank god I can still race my RX-7 in SCCA.
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subject:
It's bullshit
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I would like to say the ban on the mighty rotarie is bullshit.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
The Rolex Grand Am Series is a second class series next to the American LeMans Series. This decision just helps to support my opinion even further.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I don't understand what the big deal is, rotory engines have a history in the sport of racing that I don't think would be fair to rule out. Racing is a spectator sport, and always will be. And the most important people are the spectators. give the people what they want to see.And we don,t want to see another 91 LeMans. the only reason that they band rotory engines is because the 787b blew all their asses away, and they were pissed off about it.
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subject:
Misunderstood
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
Taking rotaries out of the equasion, will not only cause nascar style pile ups/wrecks/slowness. But will also take a goal away from many drivers of piston powered cars, which is always "Beat the Rotary". Sure the rotary is known for its ability to run at high rpm's for huge amounts of time, but isn't that the goal of the Rolex 24hr? If you ask me, people were paid by a Piston bearing team to make this decision, because despite many tries, and leaps in technoligical innovation with piston motors, they just don't match a rotary in this style racing. However implementing some sort of handicap would eliminate this rotary advantage. I am a huge fan of the rotary motor and I have not understood why Mazda does not put this motor in every vehicle they make. They are sitting on the best motor technology, yet they refuse to use it. People have been afraid of the rotary motor for too long now. ACCEPT IT
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subject:
manager
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
i would to see rotary power back to daytona rolex 24 hrs.becaused i build my 1 gen rx7 fully prep,turbocharged w/frt &rear suspension twin A arms & 2nd championship overall in GTM classed cattegories in western canada.
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subject:
manager
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
i would to see rotary power back to daytona rolex 24 hrs.becaused i build my 1 gen rx7 fully prep,turbocharged w/frt &rear suspension twin A arms & 2nd championship overall in GTM classed cattegories in western canada road racing ofcaused.
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subject:
its your future
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
rotary engines are the future. youre only hurting yourself by banning the use of this technolgy at your event. oh well, there will be other events that allow the use of rotary engines. looks like our oil supply might have a chance at outlasting the daytona 24!
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subject:
That is so stupid
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
If rotaries were anything other than a little sideshow on the internal combustion highway they would be winning races, which they aren't. The banning of them from the Daytona 24hrs isn't because the other racers are scared of them.

Maybe scared they will get in the way when they are attempting a pass of the slower rotary.
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subject:
No title supplied
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
I dont understand what the officials are afraid of ? it sounds like there is a secret for the potential of mazda rotary that would put all other engines out of the picture ? at one time all makers were looking at that potential but then suddenly dropped the research ???? something is up --- HOPE THERE IS A OFFICAL INVESTIGATION
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subject:
fight back
author:
No Rotor
date:
December 31, 1969 - 4:00pm
To my shame I am late on reading that the rotary has been banned from the 24hrs at Daytona. This is sad news especially since that is one of my favorite endurance races. I hope that mazda fight back because technologically the Mazda R&D program is light years ahead of the pistion competition. The rotary has increased in popularity and could take away some of piston market share. I hope to see one day when the RX-7 is sold as a 4 rotor, all wheel drive super car.
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