The Grand American Road Racing Series competes at some of the world’s most prestigious venues—Daytona, Long Beach, Mexico City and Watkins Glen—and has taken the role of a top annual attraction at some of the newest venues in the industry such as Miller Motorsports Park, Barber Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway. Grand American is also making a standard out of the newest form of circuit racing—“Stadium Road Racing”—on the road course layouts at tracks like Homestead-Miami Speedway and Phoenix International Raceway.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is home to some of the best and most recognized names in motorsports—Hurley Haywood, Max Papis, Scott Pruett, Wayne Taylor, Christian Fittipaldi, Andy Wallace, Max Angelelli, Adrian Fernandez, Eddie Cheever and more—and is a frequent road racing showcase for top NASCAR stars like Tony Stewart, Bobby Labonte, Casey Mears and others. Open-wheel stars like Danica Patrick, Dan Wheldon, Paul Tracy, Dario Franchitti, Buddy Rice, Scott Dixon and many others will also make spotlight appearances in the Rolex Series this season, as have former Trans-Am winners Ron Fellows, Boris Said, Randy Ruhlman, and Justin Bell.
Grand American’s top-tier Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve begins its seventh season of competition in 2006 and has established itself as the most competitive professional road racing championship in North America. The Rolex Series Daytona Prototype category has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and highly recognizable teams through its emphasis on competition and its relatively affordable format, and has revolutionized sports car racing with plentiful battles at the front of the field and close finishes in virtually every race. The result has been a rush to participate in the class and demand for Daytona Prototypes continues to exceed supply as 2006 gets underway.
Like the Daytona Prototype class that has redefined prototype sports car racing, the Rolex Series GT class has done the same for high-performance, production-based sports car racing. With an eye toward the cost-containment and close competition that has propelled the popularity of the Daytona Prototype class, the GT category provides a stable battleground for the world’s top automobile manufacturers. Perhaps best of all, the Rolex Series’ two-class format allows race fans watching from the grandstands or on television and the media covering the sport to follow the action with just two easy-to-distinguish classes of race cars—Daytona Prototypes and GT
The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 to return stability to major league sports car road racing in North America. As the organization begins its seventh season of competition in 2006, Grand American is universally regarded as one of the world’s fastest-growing motorsports organizations.
Grand American is located in Daytona Beach, Fla. on the same corporate campus that is also home to NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation (ISC) and Daytona International Speedway, but operates as its own stand-alone corporation with a group of independent investors and its own board of advisors. Among the company’s investors are several of the key people behind NASCAR’s success, but Grand American offers an entirely different product that features extremely competitive sports car racing on historic road and street circuits and in major market speedways throughout North America.
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