GrandAM News Archive. Page 13

  • January 1901

    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.

  • Open article Sahlen to return with new 'Vettes.
    1 January 1901: The Team Sahlen operation run by the prolific Nonnamaker family will return to the full-time Grand Am Rolex Series ranks next year with a brace of newly built Chevrolet Corvette GT entries.

  • Open article Sharp, Rice, Moreno in at Brumos.
    1 January 1901: US open-wheel series veterans Scott Sharp, Buddy Rice and Roberto Moreno will join Brumos Racing for next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona, as the Grand-Am stalwart attempts to rediscover previous success.

  • Open article Grand Am: TRG pledge five Porsches for Daytona.
    1 January 1901: TRG will begin the defence of their Grand-Am GT team, driver and manufacturer titles with a five-car assault on the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona, although this year they will field an entire Porsche 911 line-up.

  • Open article Carpentier encouraged by Rolex test.
    1 January 1901: Former Champ Car and IRL front-runner Patrick Carpentier enjoyed a successful Homestead test as he put the #11 CITGO Pontiac Riley second fastest on the opening day and fourth fastest on combined times.

  • Open article Five selected to AARWBA team.
    1 January 1901: For the third consecutive year, the Grand-Am Series Daytona Prototype champion has earned a first team selection to the prestigious American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Auto Racing All-America Team.

  • Open article Champion outsiders set sights on Rolex.
    1 January 1901: Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Sam Hornish Jr have undoubtedly earned their share of jewellery from their racing exploits over the years, but all three drivers have their eyes on the Rolex watch handed out to winners of the Daytona 24 Hours.

  • Open article Valiante continues to set pace.
    1 January 1901: Michael Valiante may just have come of age at this week's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series test at Homestead-Miami Speedway, pacing both days to set himself and Finlay Motorsports up as potential racewinners in 2007.

  • Open article New logo, name to boost recognition. [1]
    1 January 1901: As the last on-track activity of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series wound down at Homestead-Miami Speedway, Grand-Am president Roger Edmondson unveiled a new series of logos for the organisation ahead of the 2007 campaign.

  • Open article Baron impressed by Kimber-Smith.
    1 January 1901: SAMAX Motorsport took advantage of the close proximity of its race shop to Homestead-Miami Speedway to run two cars - and a fresh British face - at this week's Grand-Am Rolex Series test.

  • Open article JPM visit stirs Homestead test.
    1 January 1901: Juan Pablo Montoya's presence at Tuesday's Grand-Am Rolex Series test at Homestead-Miami Speedway livened up an otherwise normal session, sparking suggestions that the Colombian may make his series debut at Daytona next month.

  • Open article Lowe's to back Johnson Grand-Am ventures.
    1 January 1901: Lowe's has revealed that it will sponsor Nextel Cup champion Jimmie Johnson in both of his planned Grand-Am Rolex Series outings at Daytona next season, extending it presence in the series despite seeing 2006 partner Fernandez Racing head to the ALMS.

  • Open article GAINSCO/Stallings look to bigger things.
    1 January 1901: Following an impressive first full season in the Grand-Am Rolex Series in 2006, GAINSCO-backed Bob Stallings Racing is hoping for even bigger things next year.

  • Open article Wallace tests G35.
    1 January 1901: Rolex Series veteran Andy Wallace spent the early portion of the Homestead-Miami Speedway test aboard the new #35 Team HLM Infiniti G35 GT machine in addition to turning laps in the #20 Howard Motorsports Crawford-Pontiac Daytona Prototype.

  • Open article Seven in running for All-America squad.
    1 January 1901: Led by 2006 Grand American Rolex Series champion Jorg Bergmeister, seven Rolex Series drivers have been listed on the ballot for the 2006 American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association Auto Racing All-America Team.

  • Open article Series looking at sunny future.
    1 January 1901: The Grand American Road Racing Association is facing a bright future after extending its current relationship with SunTrust Banks Inc. until at least 2009.

  • Open article Taylor ready to keep winning as owner.
    1 January 1901: Throughout his career as a professional sportscar driver, Wayne Taylor has worn many hats, but he hopes to continue the success he has found as owner of the SunTrust Racing Team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

  • Open article Cost-cutting rule changes for DPs.
    1 January 1901: A number of rule changes designed to control costs in the Daytona Prototype category of the Grand-Am Rolex Series were unveiled overnight by series officials, and will be enforced from the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona over 27-28 January.

  • Open article Sabre to give DP future cutting edge.
    1 January 1901: Grand-Am president Roger Edmondson used this week's test at Daytona to unveil his vision for the future of the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class, admitting that it had already proven more successful than anyone had envisaged.

  • Open article Braun paces final day at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Teenager Colin Braun posted the quickest time at Daytona on Tuesday as the two-day Grand Am Rolex Series test session drew to a close in damp weather conditions.

  • Open article MSR sign Penske pair for Rolex 24.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing has announced the signing of Indy Racing League duo Sam Hornish Jr and Helio Castroneves for the 2007 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • Open article Legge enjoys first DP laps.
    1 January 1901: Katherine Legge completed her first laps in a Daytona Prototype during the opening day of Grand-Am group testing at Daytona International Speedway on Monday [6 November], joining the Robinson Racing 74 Ranch Resort team.

  • Open article AJR closes on second DP entry.
    1 January 1901: Grand-Am team owner Alex Job has confirmed that he is closing on a deal to run a second Daytona Prototype alongside the #23 Ruby Tuesday entry in next year's Rolex Series.

  • Open article Pobst considering Speedsource switch?
    1 January 1901: Reigning Rolex 24 GT class champion Randy Pobst is reportedly considering switching from the TPC Racing team to rival Speedsource, after testing the latter's Mazda RX-8 on the opening day of the current Daytona group test.

  • Open article Lester chases Rolex 24 ride with MSR.
    1 January 1901: NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competitor Bill Lester was back at Daytona International Speedway yesterday, this time turning laps in the #6 Michael Shank Racing Riley-Lexus, as he chases a berth in next January's Rolex 24 at the circuit.

  • Open article Angelelli paces day one at Daytona test.
    1 January 1901: Out-going Daytona Prototype champion Max Angelelli posted the fastest time of the day as the latest Grand-Am group test got underway at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Open article Sigalsport working on second entry.
    1 January 1901: Los Angeles-based Sigalsport has revealed that it is in the early stages of negotiations to add a second car to its 2007 Rolex Series roster, at least for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

  • Open article TRG ramps up multi-car programme.
    1 January 1901: TRG has taken five Porsche GT3s and an army of drivers to Daytona in preparation for another run at Rolex 24 glory, having already proven that it has what it takes to win the blue riband event outright.

  • Open article Howard confirms Patrick absence.
    1 January 1901: Confirming recent speculation, Howard Motorsports has revealed that Indy Racing League star Danica Patrick will not be present at next week's Grand-Am Rolex Series group test at Daytona International Speedway.

  • Open article Legge to sample DP at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Katherine Legge could join fellow female racers Milka Duno and Danica Patrick on track at Daytona International Speedway next week as she gets her first taste of Grand-Am Rolex Series action ahead of a possible seat in the 2007 Daytona 24 Hours.

  • Open article Stars out for Daytona test.
    1 January 1901: If next week's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series test sessions at Daytona International Speedway are any indication, next January's headlining Rolex 24 will be bigger and better than ever.

  • Open article Cup series renamed after KONI deal.
    1 January 1901: The Grand American Road Racing Association has announced that KONI has become the title sponsor of the Grand-Am Cup Series, which will be renamed the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series in 2007.
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