GrandAM News Archive. Page 14



  • January 1901

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Open article Frisselles join MSR.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing has announced that Burt and Brian Frisselle will race the #6 Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus Riley in the final three rounds of the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

  • Open article Dixon to join Ganassi for season finale.
    1 January 1901: Current IRL IndyCar Series championship contender Scott Dixon will join his Chip Ganassi Racing Grand-Am teammates Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz for the Rolex Series season finale at the brand new Miller Motorsports Park.

  • Open article Fourth GT win for Bunting and Lally.
    1 January 1901: The fourth win of the season for Marc Bunting and Andy Lally in the #65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R came after a race full of yellow flags and patient, consistent racing at the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant.

  • Open article Barbosa joins Citgo for The Glen.
    1 January 1901: Joaa Barbosa will return to the Grand Am Rolex Series at Watkins Glen when he joins up with Milka Duno for the Crown Royal 250 at the Glen later this month

  • Open article PCM sign Allmendinger for finale.
    1 January 1901: Pacific Coast Motorsports has announced the addition of Champ Car World Series title chaser AJ Allmendinger to its line-up for the final round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

  • Open article CyberSpeed quits Rolex Series.
    1 January 1901: CyberSpeed Racing team owner Skip Cummins decided to withdraw the team's #97 Riley-Pontiac from Sunday's Grand-Am Rolex Series Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park - before turning his back on the championship altogether.

  • Open article Krohn goes back-to-back at Barber.
    1 January 1901: Jorg Bergmeister and the #76 Krohn Racing team tightened their grasp on the Grand-Am Rolex Series title with a second-consecutive victory, this time with Bergmeister and 17-year old co-driver Colin Braun leading the way home at Barber Motorsports Park.

  • Open article Braun takes Barber pole for Krohn.
    1 January 1901: Krohn Racing performance in qualifying for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant was a perfect match for the hot temperatures at Barber Motorsport Park, as 17-year old Colin Braun put the #76 Riley-Ford on pole position.

  • Open article Fittipaldi fastest at Barber.
    1 January 1901: Christian Fittipaldi turned the day's fastest time around the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course as practice for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant was blessed by a continuation of the sunshine that has graced the US in recent weeks.

  • Open article Full house for Iowa weekend.
    1 January 1901: Grand American officials have revealed that it will run both its Rolex Series and Cup championships, as well as its new Moto-ST bike initiative - at the new Iowa Speedway, when the association debuts on the 1.3-mile infield road course on 13-14 July next year.

  • Open article Said, Cunningham for #8 Doran at Barber.
    1 January 1901: Boris Said and Brian Cunningham will share the #8 Synergy Racing Doran-Porsche previously campaigned by the Frisselle brothers at this weekend's Porsche 250 Rolex Series round at Barber Motorsports Park.

  • Open article SunTrust up for title fight.
    1 January 1901: The chase for the championship is on. Not in NASCAR, but in the Daytona Prototype division of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

  • Open article MSR revitalised after break.
    1 January 1901: After a four-week break, Michael Shank Racing is looking forward to returning to Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama this weekend for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, round eleven of the 2006 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday aims for Barber win.
    1 January 1901: The Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing team will be looking to go one better when it heads to Barber Motorsport Park for round eleven of the Grand-Am Rolex Series this weekend, having made a welcome return to the podium last time out at Daytona.

  • Open article Double duty for Dalziel at BMP.
    1 January 1901: Scotland's Ryan Dalziel follows a month-long race drought with back-to-back races this weekend, as the Grand American Cup and Rolex Sports Car Series head to the stunning Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.

  • Open article Frisselles sign PCM GT deal.
    1 January 1901: Pacific Coast Motorsports has signed Burt and Brian Frisselle to drive in GT class Pontiac GTO.R in the Barber Motorsports Park round of the Rolex Sports Car Series.

  • Open article Out of work Frisselles' eye SunTrust?
    1 January 1901: After losing their ride with Grand Am Daytona Prototype team Synergy Racing, the Frisselle brothers are on the hunt for a new team in the series with Brian testing the SunTrust Racing Riley-Pontiac at Miller Motorsports Park recently.

  • Open article Lowe's Fernandez adds ALMS programme.
    1 January 1901: Lowe's Fernandez Racing has been revealed as one of three teams set to campaign an Acura-powered entry in next season's American Le Mans Series, adding to its Grand-Am and Indy Racing League programmes.

  • Open article Teams turn first laps at Miller.
    1 January 1901: No sooner had the ALMS crews packed up and decamped from the new Miller Motorsports Park facility than their Grand-Am counterparts arrived for a group test ahead of the season-ending SunChaser event scheduled for the first weekend in September.

  • Open article Tagliani to make Grand-Am Cup debut.
    1 January 1901: Team Australia driver Alex Tagliani will make his debut in the Grand-Am Cup Series next month after agreeing a deal to share the #4 Blackforest Motorsports Group Mustang FR500C in the 37th running of the Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres.

  • Open article Braun targets more Daytona success.
    1 January 1901: Colin Braun became the youngest driver ever to win a professional non-support-series race in North America, but the teenager has already set his sights on further success.
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