GrandAM News Archive. Page 10



  • January 1901

    Open article Lally breaks GT victory duck for TRG.
    1 January 1901: With just a few drops of fuel left in his tank, defending Grand-Am GT champion Andy Lally delivered the TRG team a home state victory in Saturday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational at Laguna Seca.

  • Open article Fogarty gives Gainsco Laguna pole.
    1 January 1901: The #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac kept its streak of 2007 Grand-Am front-row starting spots alive on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as Jon Fogarty put the #99 machine on the pole position for Sunday's U.S. Sports Car Invitational.

  • Open article Mazda on pole for home event.
    1 January 1901: The gradual climb of the Mazda RX-8 to the top of the Grand Am Rolex Series pecking order continued at Laguna Seca on Friday as Nick Ham put his SpeedSource prepped machine on pole position for Saturday's stand-alone GT race at the classic Californian track.

  • Open article Carpentier returns for Laguna.
    1 January 1901: Having been forced out of the last race at VIR, Patrick Carpentier will make his return to the Grand Am Rolex Series this weekend for the fifth round of the year at Laguna Seca.

  • Open article Lamy to step into Magnussen's boots.
    1 January 1901: Former grand prix star Pedro Lamy is set to make his Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series bow at Laguna Seca later this month, as he steps into Jan Magnussen's seat at championship leaders SunTrust Racing.

  • Open article John takes a Pew at MSR.
    1 January 1901: Daytona Prototype outfit Michael Shank Racing have announced that John Pew has signed a ten-race contract to replace Henri Zogaib alongside Ian James in the #6 Riley-Lexus.

  • Open article WTR revels in first win.
    1 January 1901: History was made when the #10 SunTrust Racing Riley-Pontiac of Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen took the chequered flag at VIR, as the newly-formed Wayne Taylor Racing operation recorded its first Rolex Series victory after taking on the responsibility of carrying the SunTrust banner.

  • Open article Dalziel, Dumoulin robbed of podium.
    1 January 1901: SAMAX Motorsport's stand-in crew of Ryan Dalziel and Jean-François Dumoulin might have powered their way to a fourth-place finish in Sunday's fourth Grand-Am Rolex Series round at Virginia International Raceway, but were left to rue 'the one that got away'.

  • Open article SunTrust rises over VIR.
    1 January 1901: Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen took charge of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Series standings as the SunTrust Racing team continued its run of top five finishes with a first victory of the season at the VIR 400.

  • Open article Pontiac extends pole streak to four.
    1 January 1901: Krohn Racing maintained Pontiac's four-race pole position streak at Virginia International Raceway this weekend, as Colin Braun saw off all comers to steal the top spot aboard the team's Riley Daytona Prototype.

  • Open article Werner and Miller finally break GT duck.
    1 January 1901: Consistent front-runners throughout the opening three rounds of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner finally scored their breakthrough maiden GT class triumph in the VIR 400 at Virginia International Raceway this weekend.

  • Open article Title chasers SunTrust fall short.
    1 January 1901: Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen, co-driving the SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley, will start today's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series VIR 400 from the inside of the third row – but both know they have some ground to make up come the race.

  • Open article Sensational Braun destroys pole record.
    1 January 1901: Colin Braun smashed the outstanding lap record at Virginia International Raceway set by co-driver Max Papis on his way to a stunning pole position for the VIR 400, the fourth round of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

  • Open article Gurney paces opening day in Virginia.
    1 January 1901: Behind the wheel of the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, Alex Gurney posted the fastest laptime during practice ahead of this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series outing at Virginia International Raceway.

  • Open article Farnbacher Loles bidding for top spot.
    1 January 1901: Hot on the heels of two successive rostrum finishes, the Farnbacher Loles Racing Team is going all-out for victory in the fourth round of the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex GT Series at Virginia International Raceway this weekend.

  • 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.


  • March 2007

    Open article Sigalsport stars take back-to-front win.
    25 March 2007: 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.


  • January 1901

    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.


  • March 2007

    Open article GAINSCO makes it in Mexico.
    4 March 2007: 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.


  • January 1901

    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.
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