America's newest road circuit is set to hold its first professional racing meeting this weekend as the Grand-Am Rolex Series visits New Jersey Motorsports Park for the Supercar Life 250; a 250-mile race which will include both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes.

With only the season finale remaining following Sunday's race, the Supercar Life 250 will play a major role in determining the respective Rolex Series champions. Defending Daytona Prototype titlists Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty have been able to trim the lead held by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas from 63 to 42 points over the last two events, while in GT, three teams are battling for the lead with only the Sunchaser 1000 on September 20 at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, following the New Jersey race.

Pruett and Rojas lead the Daytona Prototypes with six victories in addition to second and third-place finishes in the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley. However, they followed up their season-worst finish - 13th in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International - with a sixth-place outing in last weekend's event, the Armed Forces 250 at Infineon Raceway.

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While Gurney and Fogarty have won only one race this year in the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, they have four runner-up finishes, including both of the last two rounds.

"Sonoma was a very good result and we're keeping the championship dream alive," Gurney said. "We've come through a little adversity lately and managed to put up some nice podium finishes the last few races. Everybody on the team has stayed very focused even though we haven't rolled off the trailer super quick. The championship is still up in the air with two races to go and that's important. We'll need some luck but really just one hiccup at the start of the race for the No. 01 and we are right back in it."

Michael Valiante and Max Angelelli scored their first victory of the season in dominant fashion in the #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara at Infineon Raceway. Valiante started from the pole and led the opening 22 laps, while Angelelli paced the final 58 circuits. It was the first Rolex Series victory for Valiante, the first for the Dallara chassis in the division, and the twelfth career triumph for Angelelli.

AIM Autosport saw a two-race winning streak end at Infineon when Brian Frisselle and Mark Wilkins finished third in the #61 Exchange Traded Gold Ford Riley. Despite starting 16th, Frisselle led 17 laps midway through the event. The team has held the lead in eight of the last nine races.

Brumos Racing continues its quest for the team's first victory since 2003. David Donohue is a three-time pole winner this season - tied with Valiante for the lead in that category - and he and Darren Law have three seconds and two thirds in the team's #58 Porsche Riley. JC France and Joao Barbosa finished in the top five in four of the last six races, with Barbosa setting the fastest race lap in three of them in the #59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley.

Looking to get back on track are Mexico City winners Jim Matthews and Marc Goossens in the #91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley, who have placed outside the top ten in six of the last seven races after opening the year with three podium finishes.

Other teams seeking their first triumph of the season include Alex Job Racing, with Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen in the #23 Ruby Tuesday Porsche Riley; Cheever Racing, with Christian Fittipaldi and Antonio Garcia sharing the #16 Crown Royal Cask #16 Pontiac Coyote; Michael Shank Racing, with a pair of Ford Rileys for drivers Oswaldo Negri, Mark Patterson, Ian James and John Pew; the two-car Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola team of Ricardo Zonta, Nic Jonsson, Eric van de Poele and Tracy Krohn; Bill Lester and Shane Lewis in the #3 Southard Motorsports Lexus Riley; Gene Sigal and Matt Plumb in the #7 Rum Bum Racing BMW Riley; #09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote; and Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger in the #77 Doran Racing Kodak Ford Dallara.

The competition in the GT category tightens among three teams. Sylvain Tremblay and co-driver Nick Ham are inching their way closer to GT point leaders Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards, with only six points separating the teams. Ham and Tremblay have two victories and a second place finish in the past three races in the #70 SpeedSource Mazdaspeed/Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8. After winning three races early in the season, Collins and Edwards have been off the podium in four straight events in the #07 Banner Pontiac GXP.R. However, they have the most top tens of any GT team this year with ten of eleven starts.

Also in contention is the #57 Stevenson Motorsports team of Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell, and they hope to capture another victory as they did in Montreal. The duo are sitting first in number of GT class podium finishes for this season with seven, including three victories. The pair is tied for fifth in points with 300, only 16 behind the leaders.

The top two championship contending teams will each field a second car at New Jersey. The Banner sister car, the #06 Pontiac GXP.R, is slated to be driven by team owner Leighton Reese and Marc Bunting. The SpeedSource sister car, the #69 machine driven by Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal, looks to rebound from three straight disappointing finishes. Their most recent misfortune occurred at Montreal when they were running third in class, pitted for fuel in the final laps, and Segal made contact with the wall after leaving the pits. Assentato and Segal captured a victory in June at Watkins Glen and have seven top tens to their credit.

Dirk Werner and Bryce Miller in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 look to get back to the podium after two consecutive second-place finishes midway through this season. Leh Keen and Eric Lux in the #86 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 would also like to have another podium finish after they were victorious at Mid-Ohio in July. The team's third car, the #88 Porsche GT3, is slated to be driven by Steven Johnson and Dave Lacey.

TRG has entered four cars. The #65 TRG/Riegel Autosport Porsche GT3 is slated to be driven by Craig Stanton and John Potter while the #66 TRG Porsche GT3 will be steered by Ted Ballou and Spencer Pumpelly. The #67 TRG Porsche GT3 will be piloted by Tim George Jr. and Andy Lally. George currently leads the MESCO Rolex Series Rookie of the Year award standings and is also the front-runner for the 2008 Bob Akin Award. The #68 TRG Porsche of Bryan Sellers and RJ Valentine - one of the principals of the New Jersey Motorsports Park - rounds out the TRG entrants.

JLowe Racing has two cars entered in the Supercar Life 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Team principal Jim Lowe and co-driver Jim Pace will be behind the wheel of the #63 Porsche GT3 while co-drivers Tim Sugden and Johannes van Overbeek will operate the #64 Porsche GT3.