GrandAM News Archive. Page 12



  • January 1901

    Open article Rolex 24 - 6hrs: Still Ganassi.
    1 January 1901: Having entered the fourth hour with its cars holding the top two spots at Daytona, Chip Ganassi Racing found life a little more difficult as the race reached one-quarter distance.

  • Open article Rolex 24 - 3hrs: Ganassi 1-2.
    1 January 1901: Reigning Rolex 24 at Daytona champions Chip Ganassi Racing held sway as the 2007 edition of the race reached the three-hour mark, with the #01 Riley-Lexus heading a five-way scrap at the head of the field.

  • Open article Daytona 24 is go - with drama!
    1 January 1901: The 45th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona is underway with the field of 70 Grand-Am Prototype and GTs thundering past the circuit's famous branded wall, only for pole sitter Alex Gurney to crash within four laps.

  • Open article Pirelli to replace Hoosier as spec tyre.
    1 January 1901: Pirelli Competizioni was given cause to celebrate its 100th year in top level motorsport after signing an agreement with Grand-Am under which the Italian manufacturer will supply its P Zero Racing tyres to teams competing in the Rolex Series between 2008-10.

  • Open article SunTrust doubles Position Award purse.
    1 January 1901: SunTrust Bank will once again sponsor the 'SunTrust Improve Your Position Award' in the 2007 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series and, for the first time, extends the bonus programme to the supporting Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series.

  • Open article Pecorari gets late Rolex call.
    1 January 1901: Rising single seater star Adam Pecorari has been handed a last minute chance to compete in this weekend's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona after signing up with Matt Connolly's BMW GT class team.

  • Open article Mustang victorious in Daytona opener.
    1 January 1901: David Empringham out-duelled friend and fellow Mustang pilot Scott Maxwell to cross the line in first place by a slim .356-second-margin to claim victory in the Fresh From Florida 200, the traditional Grand Am Cup curtain raiser before the Rolex 24 Hours.

  • Open article Record-breaking Gurney takes Rolex pole.
    1 January 1901: Forty-five years after his father won the first sportscar race at Daytona International Speedway, Alex Gurney took pole position for the Grand-Am season-opener at the same venue.

  • Open article Gurney thrilled by Rolex pole.
    1 January 1901: Alex Gurney admitted he was delighted to snare pole for the Rolex 24 after a record breaking lap during qualifying for the annual round the clock event at Daytona.

  • Open article Huisman takes Daytona GT pole.
    1 January 1901: Patrick Huisman will start the 45th Rolex 24 at Daytona from top spot in the GT class, after taking Synergy Racing's Porsche GT3 to pole in 1min 51.800secs in qualifying.

  • Open article Top six, and back row, for SAMAX.
    1 January 1901: Patrick Carpentier secured a place on the third row of the grid for the #11 CITGO/SAMAX Pontiac Riley after posting the fifth fastest time for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday settle for seventh.
    1 January 1901: After having the car to beat last season, the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing team had to settle for seventh this time around after qualifying for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Tough time for Krohn in qualifying.
    1 January 1901: The Krohn Racing team endured a difficult qualifying session for the Rolex 24 at Daytona after Max Papis was restricted to the twelfth quickest time for the annual round the clock race.

  • Open article GAINSCO aim to start title challenge.
    1 January 1901: The GAINSCO Racing team will look to start its challenge for the Grand Am Rolex Series title on the biggest stage of the year this weekend when the championship season kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Tafel turn attentions to Rolex.
    1 January 1901: Having spent the early part of the week working on its recently announced ALMS campaign, Tafel Racing will switch its focus to Daytona this weekend for the annual running of the Rolex 24.

  • Open article Rolex finish the aim for AIM.
    1 January 1901: AIM Autosport's Ian Willis has admitted that reaching the chequered flag in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona will be regarded as an achievement by the Grand-Am series newcomer, regardless of its position in the race.

  • Open article XM backs VICI effort.
    1 January 1901: VICI Racing has revealed that XM Satellite Radio will back its assault on this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, extending their previous relationship into a third year.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday chase Rolex victory.
    1 January 1901: After an impressive third-place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona last year, the Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team will be looking to win the event for the first time this year with a strong line-up of Jörg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Romain Dumas for this weekends event.

  • Open article Racers Edge to run new Pontiac GXP.
    1 January 1901: Racers Edge Motorsports will campaign a new Pontiac GXP.R in the Grand-Am Rolex Series presented GT class in 2007 starting with next weekend's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona.

  • 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.
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