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Grand Am reveals 2009 calendar.

Grand Am has announced a 13 race calendar for the 2009 Rolex Series season, including a new endurance race and a new home for the season finale.

The new campaign will see each event on the calendar be a combined event for both the Daytona Prototype and the GT classes, while each of the 2008 venues will return with the exception of Infineon Raceway. Of the 13 races featured on the calendar, three will be endurance races while the remaining ten will be sprint events of roughly 250 miles. The Rolex Series will run with the NASCAR Sprint Cup on two occasions during the new season.

The season will begin and end in Florida, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona once again retaining its position as the opening event of the season in late January. The season finale will be held in October at Homestead-Miami Speedway in a race weekend that will also feature the final rounds of the IndyCar Series campaign.

Competitors will return once again to Mexico City, where the Rolex Series will run as the feature event at historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The date is yet to be determined, with the distance tentatively set at 1,000 kilometers or six hours. The other major alterations to the schedule are moving the New Jersey Motorsports Park event from Labour Day to May 3, and changing the race at Miller Motorsports Park from seven hours to 250 miles.

Following the Mexico City race, the Rolex Series returns to Virginia International for the Bosch Engineering 250, scheduled for the weekend of April 25-26, then travels to New Jersey for the Supercar Life 250 on May 3 at Thunderbolt Raceway in the only back-to-back weekends on the schedule.

The series travels to California for the May 17 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca while the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be Saturday 6 June at Watkins Glen International and will be followed by the EMCO Gears Classic on June 20 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Rolex Series will share Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series on Thursday, July 2, with the Brumos Porsche 250 running under the lights. The seventh annual Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant will be held July 19 at Barber Motorsports Park, and will be followed by another combination race with the Sprint Cup Series, the Friday August 7 race at Watkins Glen International.

The Rolex Series competes in its second international event of the season on Saturday, August 29 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. It then races September 20 at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City prior to ending the campaign in metropolitan Miami.

2009 Grand Am Rolex Series calendar:

January 24-25 Daytona International Speedway 24 hours
TBD Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez Mexico City 1000 kilometres
April 26 Virginia International Raceway 250 miles
May 3 New Jersey Motorsports Park 250 miles
May 17 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 250 miles
June 6 Watkins Glen International 6 hours
June 20 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 250 miles
July 2 Daytona International Speedway 250 miles
July 19 Barber Motorsports Park 250 miles
August 7 Watkins Glen International 200 miles
August 29 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 250 miles
September 20 Miller Motorsports Park 250 miles
October 10 Homestead-Miami Speedway 250 miles


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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]
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