GrandAM News Archive. Page 13



  • January 1901

    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.

  • Open article MSR sign Zogaib, James for '07.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing has announced the signing of Henri Zogaib and Ian James for its second entry in the 2007 Grand Am Rolex Series season.

  • Open article Carpentier, SAMAX deal confirmed.
    1 January 1901: Patrick Carpentier will contest the entire Grand-Am Rolex Series at the wheel of a Daytona Prototype next season, having confirmed the deal he wanted with SAMAX Motorsport.

  • Open article 2007 schedule unveiled.
    1 January 1901: Two new events, an expanded number of split-class races and visits to key markets in the United States, Canada and Mexico highlight the 2007 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series schedule, which has been unveiled by Grand American road racing association president Roger Edmondson.

  • Open article Rolex Series confirms Montreal date.
    1 January 1901: Series officials have announced that the Grand-Am Rolex Series will make its first appearance at Montreal's famed Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve as part of the 2007 schedule..

  • Open article Carpentier eyes CITGO ride.
    1 January 1901: Former Champ Car and IRL frontrunner Patrick Carpentier tested alongside Milka Duno as the CITGO Racing team returned to action at Daytona this week, and admits that he would be interested in partnering the Venezuelan next season.

  • Open article Blackforest join Rolex Series.
    1 January 1901: Blackforest Motorsports – who delivered the Ford Mustang FR500C's first win in Grand-Am Cup Series competition in its debut at Daytona International Speedway in 2005 - will hope to repeat the feat next season after announcing plans to race in the GT class of the Rolex Series.

  • Open article PaceSetter programme offers record purse
    1 January 1901: Grand-Am officials have revealed that the expansion of the Hoosier PaceSetter programme for 2007 will include the top 15 Daytona Prototype and top ten GT teams in a race for a record bonus pool will offer $810,000.

  • Open article TRG celebrates GT triple crown.
    1 January 1901: A nine-hour race to decide the Rolex Sports Car GT Series champion was hardly the best case scenario for TRG team owner Kevin Buckler and his series-leading #65 drivers and crew, but the team focused squarely on the goal of finishing fourth or better to take home the multiple titles on the line.

  • Open article Champions honoured at banquet.
    1 January 1901: Nearly 500 specially-invited guests witnessed the 2006 Grand-Am Rolex Series champions receive their awards at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas a day after the season finished in spectacular style at the new Miller Motorsport facility in Utah.

  • Open article Bergmeister clinches title.
    1 January 1901: Sixth place was all that was needed for Jorg Bergmeister to claim the Grand American Rolex Series title in the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park, the German claiming his first championship win for Krohn Racing.

  • Open article Pruett piles on pressure with pole.
    1 January 1901: Although they still have a 19 point deficit to make up, CompUSA trio Scott Pruett, Luis Diaz and Scott Dixon made an ideal start to the final race of the season for the Grand American Rolex Series by claiming pole at Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article CompUSA claim pole at Miller.
    1 January 1901: In the first-ever Grand American Rolex Series qualifying session at Miller Motorsports Park, 2004 Daytona Prototype co-champion Scott Pruett drove the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to the pole position in the season's championship deciding finale.

  • Open article Angelelli quickest in Sunchaser practice
    1 January 1901: Defending Daytona Prototype champion Max Angelelli paced the first official Grand-Am Rolex Series session at the impressive Miller Motorsports Park on Thursday night, underlining the intention to make a late charge to retain his crown.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday snaps up Borcheller.
    1 January 1901: Former Grand-Am Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller didn't remain unemployed for long following his split with the Kodak/Feed the Needs Doran team.

  • Open article Preview - Sunchaser 9Hrs.
    1 January 1901: Virtually all of the 2006 Grand-Am Rolex Series championships remain to be decided by a star-studded entry list this weekend, as the series gears up for its finale in Saturday's nine-hour Discount Tyre Sunchaser event.

  • Open article Johansson joins Duno, Goossens at CITGO.
    1 January 1901: Milka Duno will be joined by Stefan Johansson as well as regular team-mate Marc Goossens for the finale of the 2006 Rolex Series at Miller Motorsports Park this Saturday, with the Swede having accepted the third seat in the CITGO-backed Riley-Pontiac.

  • Open article Lexus and Pontiac battle it out.
    1 January 1901: Lexus has moved into pole position for the Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship after their consecutive wins gave them a slight lead in the standings with one Grand-Am Rolex Series race remaining.

  • Open article SunTrust edge closer to team title.
    1 January 1901: Just four points currently separate four drivers in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, with SunTrust Racing's Max Angelelli amongst that coveted quartet in third, 23 points off championship leader Jorg Bergmeister, as they head into the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article Empringham fills AJ-sized hole at PCM.
    1 January 1901: David Empringham will join series regulars Alex Figge and Ryan Dalziel behind the wheel of Pacific Coast Motorsports Daytona Prototype at this weekend's Grand-Am Rolex Series finale at Miller Motorsport Park.
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