GrandAM News Archive. Page 12



  • January 1901

    Open article Gidley signs with Doran.
    1 January 1901: The Doran Daytona Prototype may be becoming something of a rarity in the Grand Am Rolex Series against the massed ranks of the Riley and Crawford runners and Kevin Doran has turned to Memo Gidley as he tries to turn around the marque's fortunes.

  • Open article Shank gets Fresh.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing has added Fresh From Florida to its sponsor roster for the upcoming Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

  • Open article Frisselles join AIM.
    1 January 1901: Brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle will return to the Grand Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype division in 2007, sharing the second seat in the new AIM Autosport Riley-Lexus.

  • Open article Doran confirms all-star line-up.
    1 January 1901: Doran Racing has assembled a star-studded driver roster for the 45th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month, confirming that Michel Jourdain Jr, Oriol Servia, Fabrizio Gollin and Memo Gidley will pilot its Kodak-backed JE4 in the endurance classic.

  • Open article Gue joins Stevenson for Rolex 24.
    1 January 1901: Sportscar expert James Gue will join Stevenson Motorsports for this month's Rolex 24 at Daytona, running in the GT class of the traditional US season-opener.

  • Open article Dyson takes Porsche link to Rolex Series
    1 January 1901: Further strengthening its renewed relationship with Porsche, Dyson Racing has revealed that its Grand-Am campaign will also be powered by the German marque.

  • Open article Taylor relishing ownership role.
    1 January 1901: Since taking over the ownership of the championship winning SunTrust Racing Daytona Prototype team from Bill Riley, South African veteran Wayne Taylor has been thriving in his new role, even if it means less time to relax between the traditional pre Rolex 24 Hours test at Daytona and the race itself.

  • Open article 'Objectives met' for Duno and Co.
    1 January 1901: Despite missing the final day of the recent three-day test at Daytona, Milka Duno and her SAMAX teammates are pleased with the progress they made before mechanical problems curtailed their running.

  • Open article Legge positive ahead of 24-hour debut.
    1 January 1901: Katherine Legge might still be waiting to hear if she will be back on the Champ Car grid this season, but has at least one drive sorted for 2007, having been confirmed as part of the Rolex 24 line-up for Robinson Racing.

  • Open article Rolex 24 entry confirms all-star line-up
    1 January 1901: The entry list for this season's Rolex 24 at Daytona not only includes 21 former overall winners and 47 previous class winners, it also confirms the growing attraction of America's foremost endurance race for champions and superstar from other forms of motorsport.

  • Open article Rahal Jr confirmed at Southard.
    1 January 1901: One of Graham Rahal's 18th birthday wishes has come true just days after the second-generation racer celebrated the landmark, as he was named to join Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman in the Southard Motorsports Daytona 24 Hours entry.

  • Open article Gordon's bright hopes in Sunshine State.
    1 January 1901: Four-time NASCAR Winston Cup Champion Jeff Gordon will be making his Daytona 24 Hours bow later this month, and he says if the performance matches up to the in-team chemistry he cannot wait to get started.

  • Open article Seasoned Pruett foresees tough contest.
    1 January 1901: Former Champ Car race-winner Scott Pruett came agonisingly close to winning not only the Daytona 24 Hours in 2006, but also the Grand-Am Prototype Drivers' Championship, and this year the veteran American is out to turn the tables.

  • Open article JPM aims to repeat sportscar success.
    1 January 1901: Formula One refugee Juan-Pablo Montoya may be making his first sportscar start in more than ten years in this month's Daytona 24 Hours, but the recent NASCAR convert has only one thing on his mind as he heads into the Florida classic – victory.

  • Open article Mowlem signs for Doncaster.
    1 January 1901: Johnny Mowlem has guaranteed a return to the scene of one of his greatest victories, having inked a deal to contest the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona with Doncaster Racing.

  • Open article Allmendinger back for Daytona revenge.
    1 January 1901: Champ Car race winner and new NASCAR star A.J. Allmendinger is returning to the Daytona 24 Hours this year intent on going one better than in 2006, when steering issues and pit-lane woes deprived him of a famous victory at his maiden attempt.

  • Open article GAINSCO shuffles pack.
    1 January 1901: After a season that saw them do everything but win a race, the GAINSCO-backed Bob Stallings Racing team has undergone something of a shake-up ahead of the 2007 Grand Am Rolex Series season.

  • Open article AIM climb mountain at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: The AIM Autosport team has continued its preparations for the Rolex 24 at Daytona after completing three days of testing at Daytona ahead of the endurance event at the end of the month.

  • Open article Said sledges as Krohn readies for Rolex.
    1 January 1901: While Boris Said is expected to race in the Rolex 24 later this month, he missed the Krohn racing team's preparations at Daytona last weekend - to go sledding!

  • Open article SunTrust pleased to pace Daytona.
    1 January 1901: The SunTrust Racing team enjoyed the perfect warm-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month after the #10 Pontiac Riley of Max Angelelli, Wayne Taylor, Jeff Gordon and Jan Magnussen emerged quickest from three days of testing for the event.

  • Open article IRL team-mates say experience is key.
    1 January 1901: Defending Daytona 24 Hours title-holders Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon say experience will be the key to sealing a second consecutive success in this year's endurance classic, but are under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead of them.

  • Open article Ganassi pulls in talent to defend crown.
    1 January 1901: Aiming to repeat its Daytona 24 Hours success from 2006 in this year's edition of the round-the-clock classic, multiple Champ Car title-winning outfit Chip Ganassi Racing has assembled a star-studded driver line-up in its efforts to defend its hard-won trophy.

  • Open article Tracy wants payback for 2006 heartbreak.
    1 January 1901: Champ Car star Paul Tracy is out to avenge the disappointment of retirement from the 2006 Daytona 24 Hours – when he made all the early running at the wheel of the Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley – with victory in this year's event.

  • Open article Carpentier happy with SAMAX showing.
    1 January 1901: Despite missing the final day of the three-day Rolex 24 Hour test at Daytona, Patrick Carpentier was pleased with the performance of his SAMAX Motorsport Riley-Pontiac and teammates Milka Duno, Ryan Dalziel and Darren Manning.

  • Open article Job team bemoan speed shortage.
    1 January 1901: Alex Job Racing and their Crawford-Porsche Daytona Prototype were arguably the stars of the show in last year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona even though they came up just short of overall victory. But things have moved on in the Grand-Am world and the team found themselves struggling during the 2007 test days.

  • Open article Angelelli returns SunTrust to top.
    1 January 1901: Max Angelelli returned to the top of the timesheets in the third and final day of testing ahead of the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month, the SunTrust driver managing the fastest time of the weekend too.

  • Open article Maassen holding victory hope for Cheever
    1 January 1901: The pre-Rolex 24 Hour test at Daytona got off to a slow-ish start for the #39 Cheever Racing Crawford-Porsche but ended on a high note as the Sascha Maassen, Emmanuel Collard, Christian Fittipaldi, Eddie Cheever crewed machine found some much needed time on the third and final day.

  • Open article Duran chuffed with 'unexpected' chance.
    1 January 1901: Salvador Duran wasted no time in getting up to speed with his Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus Daytona Prototype during the third and final day of the pre-Rolex 24 Hour test session, a drive he hadn't been expecting to get.

  • Open article Former Forsythe partners join Shank.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing has once again opted for the services of a pair of top line single seater drivers to bolster their driving strength for the upcoming Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona with the signings of former Forsythe Racing Champ Car teammates AJ Allmendinger and Paul Tracy.

  • Open article Duno lines up all-star squad again.
    1 January 1901: Venezuelan racer Milka Duno will get her fourth crack at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona later this month and thanks to her main sponsors CITGO, she once again has an all-star driving squad behind her.

  • Open article Dixon tops second day at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Although most of the eyes of the media were focused on the No.1 Target Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley of high-profile debutant Juan Pablo Montoya, it was the No.2 car of Scott Dixon that was instead setting the pace on the second day of testing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Krohn aiming one higher in 2007.
    1 January 1901: Grand Am Rolex Series team boss Tracy Krohn may have helped guide Jorg Bergmeister to the 2006 Daytona Prototype drivers title and in addition to going for a repeat triumph this year he is also trying to guide his eponymous team to the DP team title.

  • Open article Montoya confirmed in Ganassi seat.
    1 January 1901: Defending Grand-Am team champions and, Rolex 24 at Daytona winners, Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed its two-car driver line-up for the annual round the clock event – with former F1 racer Juan Pablo Montoya set to make his Rolex Series debut.

  • Open article Lehto, Said to bolster Krohn squad.
    1 January 1901: Krohn Racing has added JJ Lehto and Boris Said to its Rolex 24 at Daytona line-up, completing a six-man, two-car entry to begin a season where the team defends the drivers' title won with Jorg Bergmeister in 2006.

  • Open article George's Vision extends to Rolex Series.
    1 January 1901: Vision Racing, owned by Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Indy Racing League CEO Tony George, will added to the eclectic mix of teams and drivers for this month's Rolex 24 at Daytona after confirming that it will run a former Cheever Racing Crawford-Porsche.

  • Open article Montoya to make Rolex debut today?
    1 January 1901: Juan Pablo Montoya could get his first outing in one of Chip Ganassi's Daytona Prototypes later today [Friday], as momentum builds behind the rumour that he will contest this month's Rolex 24 Hours.

  • Open article Bergmeister eyes title defence.
    1 January 1901: Jorg Bergmeister says he is looking to defend his Grand Am Rolex Series title after switching to the Alex Job Racing run Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing team for the 2007 season.

  • Open article Angelelli paces first day of Rolex test
    1 January 1901: Star names may have descended on Daytona International Speedway from all areas of the motorsport world, but the first day of traditional Rolex 24 testing was headed by a man very familiar with the Grand-Am series.

  • Open article Auberlen, Sigalsport make flying start.
    1 January 1901: The Sigalsport team was rapid out of the blocks as the traditional Daytona Test Days began ahead of the Grand-Am Rolex Series season, posting some of the most impressive times of the opening day.

  • Open article Familiar face completes SunTrust squad.
    1 January 1901: Team owner Wayne Taylor has announced that the familiar face of Jan Magnussen will complete the driver line-up in the #10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Fittipaldi confident of Cheever chances.
    1 January 1901: Christian Fittipaldi has admitted that he feels very optimistic about his chances of success in this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona, despite the Cheever Racing team still searching for its first win in the Grand-Am series.

  • Open article Dyson set for Howard's way.
    1 January 1901: Although an official announcement is not expected until next week, ALMS regular Chris Dyson appears committed to greater involvement in the Rolex Series this season, continuing Dyson Racing's efforts with Howard Motorsports.

  • Open article Doran names four; VICI rings Bell.
    1 January 1901: Doran Racing unveiled its driver line-up for the Rolex 24 at Daytona on the opening day of pre-race testing, with Rolex Series race winner Memo Gidley joining Michel Jourdain Jr, Oriol Servia and Fabrizio Gollin in the #77 Kodak-backed Doran-Ford.

  • Open article New Porsche built to Cup spec.
    1 January 1901: For the first time since it started building race versions of the 911, Porsche Motorsports has built Cup cars to specific series rules with the creation of twelve 911 GT3 Cup cars for the 2007 Rolex Series.

  • Open article Empringham takes AIM for Daytona.
    1 January 1901: AIM Autosport has confirmed both a full-time Grand-Am Rolex Series campaign for 2007 and its four-man line-up for the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours, with veteran David Empringham joining Mark Wilkins and the Frisselle brothers in the team's Riley-Lexus.

  • Open article New names in frame as Vici heads to test
    1 January 1901: Vici Racing will introduce a number of new names to Grand-Am's Daytona Prototype class when it takes part in this week's official Daytona Test Days, with three Europeans set to run alongside DP veteran Terry Borcheller for a place in the team's Rolex 24 line-up.

  • Open article Wendlinger joins Sigal for Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Former Rolex 24 winner Karl Wendlinger will return to the famed endurance race for the first time since 2005 after signing a deal to drive the Sigalsport BMW Riley at Daytona.

  • Open article Huge entry for Daytona tests.
    1 January 1901: While most people are enjoying Christmas and the New Year, the teams and drivers from the Grand Am Rolex Series are busy preparing for the new season, with the annual Daytona test days scheduled for 4-6 January.

  • Open article Krohn sign Papis.
    1 January 1901: Krohn Racing has announced the signing of Max Papis for the 2007 Grand Am Rolex Series season, with the Italian replacing champion Jorg Bergmeister in the two-car team.

  • Open article Porsche privateers rewarded for success.
    1 January 1901: Two of the top Porsche drivers in world sportscar racing have been lauded for their achievements at a special presentation ceremony.
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