Rolex Testing at Daytona - Day 2
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 competitors finished off the two-day November Test Days on Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, learning much about the 2009-specification Pirelli P Zero tires and coming away with sufficient track time.
Grand-Am Rolex Series October Test at Daytona - Day 3
After three days of the October Test Days at Daytona International Speedway, Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 drivers and teams will focus their efforts on next month's two-day test Nov. 11-12 on the 2009 Pirelli tires. Twenty-four cars were on the grounds Monday morning, and several cars spent all three days on the track in conditions and temperatures seen more regularly during the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The test was the final time teams were using the 2008 Pirelli P Zeros.
Rolex Series Champs Feted
Grand-Am Awards Banquet
The top performers of 2008 were honored Monday night at the Bellagio Resort before a record crowd in the annual Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Champions Banquet. Champions Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas, Kelly Collins, Paul Edwards, Pontiac and Riley won major accolades at the gala fete. "This is the biggest banquet we've had yet," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmondson. "This is our fourth year in Las Vegas, and every year it gets bigger and better.
Matos wins Utah Grand-Am; Pruett, Rojas DP Champs
Grand-Am Rolex Series
Ex-Champ Car Atlantic champion and current Firestone Indy Lights champion Raphael Matos bookended the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season. After winning the GT class in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona back in January, Matos made his return to the series by winning in his first Daytona Prototype start.
Zonta Garners First Career Grand-Am Rolex Series Pole
At Miller Motorsports Park
It's been a learning season for Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 rookie Ricardo Zonta, racing on unfamiliar circuits while his team developed a new Daytona Prototype chassis. Friday, it all came together on the final lap of qualifying, as the Brazilian Formula One veteran captured the pole for the 2008 season finale in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola.
Scenes from New Jersey - Sunday
New Jersey: Negri holds off Angelelli
Oswaldo Negri Jr. held off Max Angelelli by 0.459 seconds Sunday to win the first professional feature race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the Supercar Life 250, while Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched the Daytona Prototype team championship with a ninth-place finish in a backup car.
Scenes from NJ Motorsports Park - Saturday
New Jersey: Frisselle wins first ever pole at NJMP
Mark J. Cipolloni/Grand-Am
Mark Wilkins put his name in the record books as winning the first ever pole position for a major series race at the new 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park outside of Millville, NJ. when he drove his AIM Autosport Ford/Riley to a lap of 1m11.761s to snatch pole position from Michael Valiante in the SunTrust Pontiac Dallara by 0.262s for the Rolex Daytona Prototype cars.
New Jersey: Ruby Tuesday team tops Friday practice
Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team drivers Bill Auberlen and Joey Hand led the opening day of official practice Friday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, starting the Round 14 weekend for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Scenes from Infineon Raceway - Saturday
Valiante and Angelelli dominate at Infineon
The No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) driven by Michael Valiante and Max Angelelli won round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 at Infineon Raceway today. The No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney came home in second giving Pontiac a one-two finish.
Frisselle disqualified, Valiante wins Grand-Am pole
Michael Valiante was awarded his third Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 pole position of the season in Friday's qualifying for the Armed Forces Grand-Am 250 at Infineon Raceway. Valiante ran a lap of 1:25.957 (103.447 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara.
Frisselle and Wilkins bring AIM Second Victory
One week after scoring an improbable first victory in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, AIM Autosport made victory number two look easy Friday night at Watkins Glen International. Brian Frisselle and Mark Wilkins led 78 of the 82 laps to win the Crown Royal 200, Round 12 of the 2008 Rolex Series season showcasing the Daytona Prototypes.
Frisselle Blisters Grand-Am Qualifying Record
One week after scoring his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory, Brian Frisselle captured his first career pole position Thursday in qualifying for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen, shattering the Watkins Glen International 2.45-mile short course record in the process.
Montreal: Closest finish in history of Grand-Am
Close finishes continue to be a common occurrence in the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season, and Friday’s Montreal 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve became the closest in series history. Canadian Mark Wilkins, a native of Toronto, passed another Toronto-born driver Darren Law and Spanish driver Antonio Garcia on the final of 69 laps.
Pruett, Rojas Thrive in the Heat in Birmingham
Scott Pruett loves winning close finishes. One race after scoring the closest finish in the history of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, Pruett beat Darren Law to the stripe by .341 seconds to win the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, the fourth-closest finish in the Daytona Prototype division.
Valiante Breaks Rolex Series Qualifying Track Record
Michael Valiante broke the Barber Motorsports Park four-year-old track record with a lap of 1:20.521 (102.830 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara to win the pole position for Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, Round 10 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Pruett Makes Last Lap Pass to Win at Daytona
Scott Pruett won the closest finish in Grand-Am Rolex Series history Thursday night at Daytona by 0.081-second with a pass of Alex Gurney coming out of the final turn. The move to win the race was made on the high side of the No.99 car and gave the No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team its fifth visit to victory lane.
Scenes from Grand-Am Cup ST race at Mid-Ohio - Sun.
Scenes from Mid-Ohio - Saturday
Fogarty and Gurney shine in the rain at Mid Ohio
While it poured Saturday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley of Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney found a ray of sunshine. Gurney passed Matt Plumb on the outside with nine laps remaining in the 76-lap (two hours and 45 minutes) race and went on to win his first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory of 2008.
Scenes from Mid-Ohio: Friday
Pruett, Rojas Brave the Heat at The Glen
Iron man Scott Pruett braved the heat at Watkins Glen International Saturday, running the final three hours to win the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Round 7 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Pruett passed Ricardo Zonta on a restart with 45 minutes remaining and went on to score his fourth victory in six Daytona Prototype races
SunTrust Pontiac on pole at The Glen
Max Angelelli drove his SunTrust Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) to pole position for tomorrow’s round six of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race to be run at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Paul Edwards will start from the front row in GT in his Pontiac GXP.R.
Scenes from Atlantic race - Laguna Seca
Dalziel Steers SAMAX to Maiden Grand-Am Victory
Scotland’s Ryan Dalziel took the lead from Scott Pruett on a three-wide pass on Lap 76 and held off Marc Goossens by 1.504 seconds to give SAMAX its first Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 victory in Saturday's RumBum.com 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Scenes from Grand-Am race at Laguna Seca
Pruett Holds on for Third Victory for Lexus/Toyota
Grand-Am at VIR
Catching Scott Pruett is one thing. Passing him is another. Pruett held off a stiff challenge from Ryan Dalziel to win Sunday's Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway by .548 seconds. It was the third victory in four 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 races for Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 SAMAX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley.
Rojas Puts Lexus On Pole at Mexico City 250
Hometown hero Memo Rojas grabbed the pole by two one-thousandths of a second in Friday's qualifying for the Mexico City 250 to give Lexus its first pole position of the 2008 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Rojas' pole was his first in the No. 01 Telmex Lexus. He and teammate Scott Pruett will look for the team's second Mexico City win from the pole in the last three years on Saturday.
Setzer Takes Hamilton Racing Back To Victory Lane
For the first time since the late Bobby Hamilton won at Mansfield, Ohio, in 2005, Dennis Setzer took Bobby Hamilton Racing back to victory lane. "This win right here is for Bobby Hamilton only -- he is the man!" shouted crew chief Marcus Richmond after Setzer, who had run 173 laps since his final pit stop, crossed the finish line with trucks wrecking in his wake.
Pruett and Rojas win again
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 point lead Saturday with their second straight win in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley, in the GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Chip Ganassi Racing Pulls Off Rolex 24 Three-Peat
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates continued their dominance of the Rolex 24 sports car race winning their third straight overall victory on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway with the team of Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Dario Franchitti.
Rolex 24 At Daytona Hour 15: Allmendinger sittin' pretty
As the rain pelted historic Daytona International Speedway 15 hours into the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona, AJ Allmendinger piloted his No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley to the front of the pack in the 46th running of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona. Dario Franchitti was 2nd.
Michael Shank Racing to start 1-2 for Rolex 24
Michael Shank Racing used Ford power to sweep the front row Thursday during qualifying for the 46th running of Rolex 24 At Daytona, which starts at 1:30 p.m. ET Saturday, for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 at Daytona International Speedway. Oswaldo Negri Jr. drove his No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley to a lap time of 1:40.793 (127.151 mph) around the 3.56-mile road course.
O'Connell Leads Final Day of Testing at Daytona
The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 completed a successful January Test Days on Sunday, setting the stage for the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona Jan. 25-27 with three days of on-track testing at Daytona International Speedway. Johnny O'Connell topped the Sunday afternoon time charts on the third and final day of the test, circulating the 12-turn, 3.56-mile infield road course in 1:42.396 (125.194 mph) behind the wheel of the No. 91 Riley-Mathews Motorsports Pontiac Riley.
Montoya Leads First Day Grand-Am Rolex Series Test
Opening Day of testing at Daytona for Grand-Am
The 2008 international racing season officially got underway today at Daytona International Speedway as 61 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 machines turned the first laps of the season in preparation for the 46th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Today's opening day of the three-day January Test Days saw 15 Daytona Prototypes better the pole time of 1:43.475 set by Alex Gurney one season ago.