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Rolex teams return to track next week.


Daytona Prototypes and the GT machines of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series return to the track next week for a two-day test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for next month's GAINSCO Grand Prix of Miami.

Included on the entry list for the February 25-26 test are 19 Daytona Prototypes and 15 GT cars.

The test marks the return to the track for the Rolex Series, led by Rolex 24 At Daytona champion #01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.

Pruett and Rojas' overall race win gives them an edge in the 2008 championship battle, as joined with NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti to capture the car's second consecutive victory in the twice-around-the-clock race.

Defending Rolex Series champions Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty are in much better shape after one race than a season ago, when a 22nd-place class finish put the duo behind the 8-ball on their run to the title. A second-place finish with Jimmie Johnson and Jimmy Vasser at this year's Rolex 24 places the pair just three points behind Pruett and Rojas entering the second of the season's 14 races.

Other Daytona Prototypes expected to attend include the Lola machines of Krohn Racing, the #16 Cheever Racing Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Pontiac Coyote, the #31 Chase Engineering Pontiac Chase, and the Riley prototypes of SAMAX, Michael Shank Racing, Southard Motorsports, RVO, Brumos Porsche, AIM Autosport, Riley Matthews and Spirit of Daytona.

In GT, the top three cars from the Rolex 24 (entries from SpeedSource and TRG) won't attend the test, but with the depth of the Rolex Series GT field there will be no shortage of talent at the event.

Defending Team Champions Farnbacher Loles Racing lead the 15-car GT field with the #86, #87 and #88 Porsche GT3 machines on hand for the test session. Alegra Motorsports will join the Farnbacher Loles team to represent Porsche.

Pontiac will also be well represented at the test, with Banner Racing, Autohaus and Stevenson Motorsports testing Pontiac GXP.R machines. Matt Connolly Motorsports will test a GTO.R at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Blackforest Motorsports will test its two-car Mustang effort, while Racers Edge Motorsports will continue to develop the Mazda RX-8 and Level 5 Motorsports debuts the Ferrari the team will campaign for 2008.


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Pruett/Franchitti/Montoya/Rojas - Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: grand-am.com]
Max Angelelli / Jordan Taylor. GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Presented by BMW at Lime Rock Park. 2013 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series
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Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor drive the #10 Velocity Worldwide Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (left) to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jo Fogarty, drivers of the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP (right) finish in second place. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Robin Liddell, drivers of the # 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R., race to victory Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Grand Touring (GT) class of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
John Edwards and Matt Bell, drivers of the # 9 Camaro GS.R, race to second place Saturday, April 6, 2013 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Brian Cleary for Chevrolet)
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Rolex Series action [Pic credit: Grand-Am]
Alex Popow and Sebastian Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Ford Riley, celebrate in Victory Lane after wininng the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images for NASCAR)
Alex Popow and Sebastien Bourdais, drivers of the #2 Soloson Ford Riley, celebrate after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series inaugural Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Photo Credit: Tom Pennington/Getty Images for NASCAR)
The winning #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Ford Riley car is brought into victory lane after a gruelling 50th anniversary Rolex 24 at Daytona. [Picture Credit: Daytona International Speedway]
Action Express win the Rolex 24 [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Derek Johnston [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Wilkins/Frisselle - AIM Autosport [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Spencer Pumpelly - TRG Porsche [Pic credit: Grand Am]

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