GrandAM News Archive. Page 10



  • January 1901

    Open article Dalziel, Dumoulin in at SAMAX.
    1 January 1901: SAMAX Motorsport will have two new drivers for this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Virginia International Speedway, with both Milka Duno and Patrick Carpentier unavailable for different reasons.

  • Open article Brumos CEO passes away.
    1 January 1901: Brumos president and CEO Robert 'Bob' Snodgrass Jr has died, at the age of 64, removing one of the more charismatic members of the current Grand-Am scene.

  • Open article Pontiac chases win double at VIR.
    1 January 1901: With the Daytona Prototype and GT classes set to run separate races for the first time this season when the Grand-Am Rolex Series visits its first 'natural' road course of the season at Virginia International Raceway, Pontiac is targeting a win double this weekend.

  • Open article Cars to honour victims of VT tragedy.
    1 January 1901: Grand-Am officials have confirmed that teams in both of its racing series will display the Virginia Tech University logo on their race cars over the next two weeks in tribute to the victims of this week's tragedy at the school.

  • Open article Martin to try Grand-Am.
    1 January 1901: NASCAR veteran Mark Martin will make a rare endurance racing appearance later this year when he takes part in the inaugural Grand Am Rolex Series race at the Rusty Wallace designed Iowa Speedway.

  • Open article Ganassi expands with Finlay deal.
    1 January 1901: Chip Ganassi Racing has unveiled plans to expand its Grand-Am Rolex Series programme by running Finlay Motorsports' #19 Z-Line Designs entry under the CGRFS umbrella.

  • Open article Pirelli hails successful first test.
    1 January 1901: Pirelli engineers have concluded the opening round of testing for the 2008 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series reporting 'favourable results' from outings on both Daytona Prototype and GT machinery.

  • Open article Successful first test for Pirelli.
    1 January 1901: While there is still a long way to go in the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, race teams, drivers and series officials already have their eye on 2008 as evidenced by this week's test sessions of the new Pirelli P Zero tyres.

  • Open article Pontiac aces battle through adversity.
    1 January 1901: While the SunTrust Racing team had plenty of reason to smile after claiming pole position and another podium finish in last weekend's Grand Prix of Miami, there was less joy further down the field for fellow Pontiac entries.

  • Open article EMCO Gears to continue at Mid-Ohio.
    1 January 1901: EMCO Gears Inc is renewing its commitment to the Grand-Am Rolex Series event at Mid-Ohio for another three years, having served as title sponsor since 2004.

  • Open article Homestead podium keeps Pruett out front.
    1 January 1901: Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett combined to keep the American in the Daytona Prototype points lead by the thinnest of margins at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Sunday, but the field is closing in.

  • Open article AIM and Doncaster solidly in top ten.
    1 January 1901: AIM Autosport and Doncaster Racing both earned top ten finishes in the Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday, displaying consistent speed and encouraging reliability in the two-and-a-half hour sprint.

  • Open article Auberlen hails 'breakthrough' result.
    1 January 1901: Bill Auberlen has described his charge through the field to win the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Speedway this weekend as a breakthrough for the Sigalsport outfit.

  • Open article SunTrust victory drought goes on.
    1 January 1901: Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen are still in search of their maiden Grand-Am victory of the 2007 campaign, after finishing less than two seconds shy of triumphing in this weekend's Grand Prix of Miami despite leading most of the race.

  • Open article Sigalsport stars take back-to-front win.
    1 January 1901: In only their eighth Daytona Prototype start together, Team Sigalsport BMW Riley co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Matthew Alhadeff registered their maiden Grand-Am victory in the Grand Prix of Miami – after starting right towards the back of the grid.

  • Open article Duno milks final sportscar appearance.
    1 January 1901: Milka Duno notched up a fighting fourth-place finish in this weekend's prestigious Grand Prix of Miami – the final Grand-Am appearance for the Venezuelan star before she jumps across to single-seaters.

  • Open article Magnussen: We're tired of finishing 3rd!
    1 January 1901: Jan Magnussen mastered Grand-Am's 15-minute qualifying format for the second time at Homestead this weekend, by putting the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley on pole position for round three of the 2007 Rolex Series – the prestigious Grand Prix of Miami.

  • Open article Great Dane Magnussen on pole in Miami.
    1 January 1901: For the second time in his Grand-Am career, Jan Magnussen will start from pole position when the field takes the green flag in Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Speedway.

  • Open article Krohn on offensive after qualifying.
    1 January 1901: Krohn Racing enjoyed contrasting fortunes in qualifying for this weekend's Grand Prix of Miami, with Colin Braun claiming a place on the second row of the grid but team owner Tracy Krohn all at sea further back in 17th.

  • Open article Pontiac on-track for success in Miami.
    1 January 1901: Pontiac looks well-placed to strike in today's Grand Prix of Miami, with three of its cars in the top four on the starting grid.

  • Open article Lola, Krohn acquire Multimatic licence.
    1 January 1901: Internationally-renowned chassis builder Lola will join forces with reigning Rolex Series champion Krohn Racing to produce a new car for Grand-Am's 2008 Daytona Prototype category.

  • Open article Donohue, Lally lead practice in Miami.
    1 January 1901: In a practice session that included a rain shower for the final 30 minutes, David Donohue took the #58 Red Bull/Brumos Racing Riley-Porsche to the top of the timesheets in practice for Saturday's Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami.

  • Open article Miami really is 'anybody's race'.
    1 January 1901: Grand-Am recently unveiled a new tagline that definitely applies to this Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami. It's anybody's race.

  • Open article AJR hoping history repeats itself.
    1 January 1901: Ruby Tuesday is aiming to defend its Grand Prix of Miami crown from a year ago – and in so doing break its 2007 duck – when it takes to the track on Saturday for round three of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

  • Open article AIM continues strong early season form.
    1 January 1901: Having taken fifth place in the season opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, the AIM Autosport team made it two top ten finished in a row in Mexico City with a fine run to seventh at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

  • Open article Gurney, Fogarty revel in first win.
    1 January 1901: After 23 races and nearly two years of trying, the emotions and champagne flowed as Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty finally got the #99 Riley-Pontiac into Victory Lane at the Mexico City 400k.

  • Open article Pole-sitters settle for second.
    1 January 1901: Having secured pole position thanks to a storming lap from teenager Colin Braun, Krohn Racing was forced to settle for second in the Mexico City 400km after Braun and team-mate Max Papis lost out on victory to GAINSCO Racing pair Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the closing stages.

  • Open article Pruett retains points lead in Mexico.
    1 January 1901: Scott Pruett has retained his lead in the Grand-Am Rolex Series standings after the #01 TELMEX Lexus Riley came home fourth in the Mexico City 400k on the famed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit.

  • Open article SunTrust bounce back for Mexican podium.
    1 January 1901: SunTrust Racing pair Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen bounced back from an early drive through penalty in the Mexico City 400km to secure a podium finish that lifts them to within three points of Grand-Am Rolex Series leader Scott Pruett.

  • Open article Double top ten for MSR.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing was able to celebrate a double top ten finish in the second round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a 100-lap Mexico City 400km highlighted by no yellow flag caution periods.

  • Open article Top five for Ruby Tuesday.
    1 January 1901: The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing overcame early weekend setbacks to secure its first top five finish of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season on the teams maiden appearance on Mexican soil.

  • Open article GAINSCO makes it in Mexico.
    1 January 1901: The GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team finally broke its Grand-Am hoodoo by posting a first Daytona Prototype victory in round two of the Rolex Series at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City.

  • Open article Record-breaker Braun sets Mexico pole.
    1 January 1901: One year after claiming his first Grand-Am Rolex Series podium at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, 18-year old Colin Braun returned to Mexico City to claim pole for the 2007 event with a record-breaking lap in qualifying.

  • Open article New look GAINSCO on front row.
    1 January 1901: For the second event in a row, the #99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac-powered Riley will be at the front of the grid, after Jon Fogarty stuck the specially-painted car on the outside of the front row for Rolex Series Mexico City 400k, where he'll share the car with co-driver Alex Gurney.

  • Open article Rojas leads Lexus challenge in Mexico.
    1 January 1901: Ahead of only his second Grand-Am Daytona Prototype event, Memo Rojas has qualified third on the grid for the Mexico City 400k at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – securing his place as the leading Lexus-powered runner on the grid.

  • Open article Top six for SunTrust.
    1 January 1901: The #10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley of Wayne Taylor Racing will start the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Mexico City 400K on the outside of the third row after qualifying at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez road circuit in downtown Mexico City.

  • Open article Patterson just misses top ten for MSR.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing will line up on the sixth and ninth rows of the grid for the Mexico City 400k at the Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez with the team looking to get a solid result from both cars towards the championship title race.

  • Open article Auberlen tops first Mexican practice.
    1 January 1901: Bill Auberlen vaulted to the head of the timesheets just as the chequered flag on the second of two practice sessions for the Grand-Am Rolex Series in Mexico City, giving the #05 Luggage Express Sigalsport a place in the sun for at least a few hours.

  • Open article Edwards chases Mexican hat-trick.
    1 January 1901: Paul Edwards will be looking for a 'three-peat' as the Grand-Am Rolex Series heads to Mexico City this weekend, having acquired a perfect two win record since the championship began visiting the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday set for Mexican bow.
    1 January 1901: The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will make its first-ever trip south of the border this weekend to take part in the second round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series in Mexico City.

  • Open article GAINSCO go Hispanic.
    1 January 1901: For the first time ever this weekend in Mexico City, the #99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley will wear colours other than red, as a set of striking white and green stripes down the side will set Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty apart from the rest of the field for the Mexico City 400k.

  • Open article Pruett leads record field to Mexico.
    1 January 1901: Daytona Prototype points leader Scott Pruett will lead a record field of 38 cars to Mexico City's famed Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez this weekend for Saturday's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Mexico City 400k.

  • Open article Duno, Carpentier aim to build on Daytona
    1 January 1901: Milka Duno and Patrick Carpentier will hope to build on a second place finish in the Rolex 24 when the Grand Am Rolex Series returns to action this weekend in Mexico City.

  • Open article Tafel confirms '07 plans.
    1 January 1901: Having finished last season as runners-up in the GT class of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car series, Tafel Racing has confirmed that it will field a two-car effort in 2007 alongside its commitments in the American Le Mans Series.

  • Open article Rookies take AIM at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Despite being a rookie team, the AIM Autosport squad surprised many with its performance in the recent Rolex 24 at Daytona, as the team secured a fine fifth place finish in the round the clock race that kicked off the Grand Am season.

  • Open article Farnbacher Loles confirms two for season
    1 January 1901: Fresh from a strong, if ultimately frustrating, performance in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Farnbacher Loles Racing has revealed that it will run a two-car effort in the remainder of the 2007 Grand-Am series.

  • Open article Double finish like win for Stevenson.
    1 January 1901: It may not have had the added satisfaction of making it to the top step of the podium at Daytona but, for Stevenson Motorsports, getting its two different Chevrolet Corvettes to the finish line after 24 hours of tough competition was a result in itself.

  • Open article Tough Daytona debut for Legge.
    1 January 1901: Katherine Legge has chalked her first 24-hour race down to experience after a disappointing end to a battling performance from the Robinson Racing team at Daytona.

  • Open article Top ten for Mowlem at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Johnny Mowlem kicked off his 2007 season with a race of highs and lows at Daytona as the Doncaster Racing squad came home eighth in class in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Krohn focus on points chase.
    1 January 1901: Having failed to launch a challenge for victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Krohn Racing team preferred to look to the rest of the season ahead after both cars managed to score points in the season opening round the clock event.
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