GrandAM News Archive. Page 14



  • January 1901

    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.

  • Open article Servia to join Brix, Jourdain at finale.
    1 January 1901: Oriol Servia will join Harrison Brix and Michel Jourdain Jr in the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing Doran at this weekend's season-ending Grand-Am Rolex Series race at the new Miller Motorsport Park.

  • Open article Ganassi team reaches victory landmark.
    1 January 1901: Although their IRL IndyCar Series drivers failed to triumph in Sunday's Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma, Chip Ganassi's weekend at the Infineon Raceway had already been a successful one as a victory in the supporting Grand Am race raised their overall total to a neat 75.

  • Open article Allmendinger forced out of finale.
    1 January 1901: Pacific Coast Motorsports had announced that AJ Allmendinger will no longer drive the teams #89 Pontiac Riley in the final round of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article CompUSA laud hard fought win.
    1 January 1901: CompUSA scored its fifth win of the season at the inaugural Grand Am Rolex Series event held at the Infineon Raceway, crossing the line just two seconds ahead of the Crawford Pontiac.

  • Open article SunTrust battle for fourth.
    1 January 1901: Jan Magnussen and Max Angelelli drove the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley to a solid fourth-place finish in the Daytona Prototype division of Saturday's Sonoma 250 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California.

  • Open article Pruett, Diaz tie record with fifth win.
    1 January 1901: Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz kept their Grand-Am Rolex Series title hopes alive with victory in the Sonoma 250 at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, the #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing pair also tying a record for the number of victories in a single season.


  • August 2006

    Open article Pruett, Diaz tie record with fifth win.
    27 August 2006: Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz kept their Grand-Am Rolex Series title hopes alive with victory in the Sonoma 250 at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, the #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing pair also tying a record for the number of victories in a single season.


  • January 1901

    Open article Magnussen, Liddell score maiden poles.
    1 January 1901: Jan Magnussen recorded his first ever pole position in the Grand-Am Rolex Series to keep SunTrust Racing team-mate Max Angelelli's title hopes alive at Infineon Raceway.

  • Open article Fire sidelines Southard entry.
    1 January 1901: Southard Motorsports faced a race against time to prepare for the latest round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at Infineon Raceway after a bizarre incident hit the #3 Truechoice BMW-Riley hit problems in the first practice session for the Crown Royal Special Reserve Sonoma 250.

  • Open article Angelelli leads first Infineon practice.
    1 January 1901: Defending Daytona Prototype champion Max Angelelli made the most of perfect weather conditions to post the quickest lap in practice ahead of Saturday's inaugural Sonoma 250, the first Grand-Am Rolex Series event at Infineon Raceway.

  • Open article Meira joins Fernandez for series finale.
    1 January 1901: IndyCar Series talent Vitor Meira will join the Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo of Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld for the Grand Am Rolex Series' Discount Tyre Sunchaser event at Miller Motorsports Park on September 2nd.

  • Open article IRL star Sharp to race at Infineon.
    1 January 1901: Current IRL IndyCar Series regular Scott Sharp will join his father-in-law Greg Pickett in this weekend's Sonoma 250 at the Infineon Raceway in Pickett's Team Cytosport Riley-Pontiac.

  • Open article Dalziel hoping to avoid penalties.
    1 January 1901: Ryan Dalziel will be making only his second career appearance at the Infineon Raceway as he lines up for the penultimate round of the Grand Am Rolex Series in his Pacific Coast Motorsport Pontiac Riley in a bid to, along with co-driver Alex Figge, break into the top ten in the standings.

  • Open article Preview - Sonoma 250.
    1 January 1901: Under a number of different scenarios, German racer Jörg Bergmeister can wrap up the 2006 Daytona Prototype driver championship in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Sonoma 250.

  • Open article Carpentier joins CITGO.
    1 January 1901: Patrick Carpentier is the latest driver to join CITGO Racing after confirmation that the Canadian will partner Milka Duno for the Rolex Series race at Infineon Raceway on 26 August.

  • Open article Dalziel angry at 'wrong' penalty.
    1 January 1901: Ryan Dalziel steered Pacific Coast Motorsports' Pontiac Riley Daytona Prototype to an eighth place finish in the 'Crown Royal 200 at The Glen', but could have been higher had it not been for a questionable penalty call from Grand-Am officials.

  • Open article Hunter-Reay in at SunTrust for finale.
    1 January 1901: SunTrust Racing has tabbed American driver Ryan Hunter-Reay to partner with Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor in the Daytona Prototype division of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article Rice and Moreno in at Brumos.
    1 January 1901: Brumos Racing owner Bob Snodgrass announced 2004 Indy 500 winner Buddy Rice and Roberto Moreno as the third drivers in their two-car Daytona Protoype effort in the Grand American Rolex Series finale at Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article CompUSA edge SunTrust for Glen win.
    1 January 1901: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley duo Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz scored their fourth victory of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen, tightening the championship points battle with only two races remaining.


  • August 2006

    Open article CompUSA edge SunTrust for Glen win.
    12 August 2006: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley duo Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz scored their fourth victory of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen, tightening the championship points battle with only two races remaining.


  • January 1901

    Open article Lap record gives Gurney pole at Glen.
    1 January 1901: Alex Gurney scored his third career Grand-Am Rolex Series pole on Thursday afternoon, setting a new short course record of 1min 07.496secs to claim top spot in qualifying for the season's second race at Watkins Glen International.

  • Open article Preview - Crown Royal 250 at The Glen.
    1 January 1901: Daytona Prototype points leader Jorg Bergmeister and his 17-year-old co-driver Colin Braun will be looking for hat-trick of wins as the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Watkins Glen International for the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen on Friday night.

  • Open article Ruby squad out to extend podium run.
    1 January 1901: The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Team is travelling to Watkins Glen International Raceway for round 12 of the Grand American Rolex Series for the Crown Royal 200 with the intention of claiming their third straight podium finish.

  • Open article Fernandez aim to extend run.
    1 January 1901: Lowe's Fernandez Racing duo Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will look to build on a run of three top-five finishes in the last five events when the Grand-Am Rolex Series returns to Watkins Glen on Friday for the Crown Royal 250.

  • Open article Kasemets to get track time in Grand-Am.
    1 January 1901: Tonis Kasemets may have only signed a six-race Champ Car deal with the Rocketsports team, but he will get an extra outing with the team as he joins Tomy Drissi behind the wheel of its #50 Crawford-Ford Daytona Prototype in this weekend's Grand-Am event at Watkins Glen.

  • Open article Kasemets to drive Rocketsports DP entry.
    1 January 1901: Having initially agreed a six-race deal to compete with Rocketsports Racing's Champ Car outfit, Estonian Tonis Kasemets has been drafted into the team's Daytona Prototype line-up for the upcoming Grand-Am Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen.

  • Open article Dalziel hoping for strong Glen show.
    1 January 1901: Ryan Dalziel will hope to secure a strong finish at Watkins Glen this weekend after two tough race meetings for the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley of Pacific Coast Motorsports.

  • Open article SunTrust aim to keep title hopes alive.
    1 January 1901: SunTrust Racing will aim to keep the Grand-Am Rolex Series championship fight alive at Watkins Glen as the series heads into the finishing straight.

  • Open article Tags delights home crowd in Grand-Am Cup race.
    1 January 1901: Champ Car World Series star Alex Tagliani finished eleventh in Sunday's Grand Am Cup race at the famous Trois Rivieres street circuit in Canada in the Ford Mustang he shared with lady racer Valerie Limoges.

  • Open article Tagliani to get a taste of Grand-Am life.
    1 January 1901: Leading Champ Car star Alex Tagliani will swap disciplines this weekend as he takes to the Trois-Rivieres circuit in the Grand-Am Cup.

  • Open article Testing announced ahead of 2007 season.
    1 January 1901: While the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series draws to a close on September 2 at the brand-new Miller Motorsports Park, teams and drivers will not have to wait long to begin their preparations for 2007.
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