GrandAM News Archive. Page 15



  • January 1901

    Open article Daytona win helps TRG pad GT lead.
    1 January 1901: Almost exactly one year ago, Kevin Buckler's The Racers Group team rolled out the new Pontiac GTO.R's at the Daytona International Speedway.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday back on track at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing finished second in Thursday evening's round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at Daytona, taking its best result since its championship challenge began to fizzle out in round six.

  • Open article Braun becomes youngest winner.
    1 January 1901: Playing the fuel strategy game to perfection, Colin Braun became the youngest winner in Rolex Sports Car Series history and his #76 Krohn co-driver Jörg Bergmeister extended his DP points lead with their victory in the Brumos Porsche 250.

  • Open article Broken axle thwarts Doran run.
    1 January 1901: A rare broken axle spoiled the chances of the #77 Feeds the Need/Doran Racing entry in Thursday's Grand-Am Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, after Harrison Brix had pushed the car as high as third place.

  • Open article Gordon to join SunTrust for Rolex 24.
    1 January 1901: SunTrust Racing has announced that four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon will co-drive the #10 SunTrust Racing car at the 45th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 27-28, 2007.

  • Open article Riley and Matthews link up for 2007.
    1 January 1901: Riley Technologies, the winningest chassis constructor in Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series and its satellite Riley Motorsports — which won the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype team title in 2005 — has unveiled its plans for 2007.

  • Open article Ganassi to use Rolex winner at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: After an incident packed outing at Mid Ohio that saw the #01 Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus sustain heavy damage, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz will revert to the car that won this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona for Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250.

  • Open article TRG trying to defend dwindling GT lead.
    1 January 1901: With their lead in the Grand Am Rolex Series GT class dwindling, Kevin Buckler's The Racers Group team will take a four-strong entry to Thursday's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona.

  • Open article Angelelli to double-up at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: Co-defending Grand Am Rolex Series Champion Max Angelelli will pull double duty this weekend at Daytona, driving in both the Brumos Porsche 250 and the IROC race.

  • Open article Dalziel seeking top six at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: A mere five days will have passed between last Saturday's ninth round of the 2006 Grand Am Rolex Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the next battle, due to take place under the lights at Daytona on Thursday.

  • Open article Tafel aiming for three in a row.
    1 January 1901: There has been no rest for the Grand-Am Rolex Series recently as the series prepares for its second race in six days.

  • Open article Grand Am: Preview - Brumos Porsche 250.
    1 January 1901: Just five days after round nine of the 14-race 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, the Rolex Series teams will return to action on Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway for the Brumos Porsche 250.

  • Open article Tracy rejoins MSR at Daytona.
    1 January 1901: After another tough weekend in the Champ Car World Series, Paul Tracy will hope for better luck when he rejoins the Michael Shank Racing team for the Brumos 250 – which takes place over the course of a day at Daytona on Thursday.

  • Open article Hand recalls Mid-Ohio shunt.
    1 January 1901: Joey Hand has spoken for the first time about the dramatic accident that marred the latest round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at Mid-Ohio.

  • Open article Ruby Tuesday fail to build on pole.
    1 January 1901: Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing duo Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long were unable to build on a pole position start in the latest round of the Grand-Am Rolex Series at Mid-Ohio.

  • Open article Mid-Ohio marred by horror smash.
    1 January 1901: The Grand-Am Rolex Series EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio was marred by a frightening accident involving GT class leader Joey Hand and rival Paul Edwards in the closing stages.

  • Open article Back-to-front for Fernandez.
    1 January 1901: After being sent to the back of the Daytona Prototype grid at Mid-Ohio, Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld made it all the way to the front to secure a first Rolex Series win in the EMCO Gears Classic.

  • Open article Long inherits Mid-Ohio pole.
    1 January 1901: Patrick Long will start from pole position for Saturday night's Grand-Am Rolex Series event at Mid-Ohio from pole position after the top three qualifiers for the EMCO Gears Classic failed post-qualifying technical inspections.

  • Open article Lowes Fernandez duo aim high.
    1 January 1901: Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld will return from a two-week break to bid for success as the Grand American Rolex series heads to Mid-Ohio for the 11th round of the championship.

  • Open article Fernandez happy about Mid Ohio return.
    1 January 1901: The Fernandez Racing Grand Am Rolex Series team are preparing for the series' annual blast around the 2.258-mile Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, a circuit the team owner hasn't seen since his Champ Car days.

  • Open article MSR prepare for home event.
    1 January 1901: Michael Shank Racing will be chasing a good home result as the Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Mid-Ohio for the ninth round of the season – the EMCO Gears Classic.

  • Open article Beretta joins Duno again.
    1 January 1901: Milka Duno, for the second time this season, will team with Corvette Racing driver Olivier Beretta for round nine of the Rolex Sports Cars Series Championship at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

  • Open article Dalziel eyes Mid-Ohio progress.
    1 January 1901: Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to the Mid-Ohio for the latest round of the Grand American Rolex Series with the Pacific Coast Motorsports' #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley aiming to continue his good season form.

  • Open article Tafel continue Pontiac pursuit.
    1 January 1901: After winning the GT class of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen, Tafel Racing's Wolf Henzler and Robin Liddell are ready to take on the factory blessed Pontiac GTO's in the next round of the Grand Am Rolex Series at Mid Ohio.

  • Open article Tafel proves Porsche still has pace.
    1 January 1901: There was fog, rain, cold, and more rain, but in the end the only thing that mattered was the result and for Grand Am Rolex Series GT team Tafel Racing the result at a wet and windy Watkins Glen was a class P1.

  • Open article Strong fourth for Shank team at The Glen
    1 January 1901: MSR team-mates Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson recorded their best Rolex Series finish since the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona when they crossed the line fourth in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

  • Open article Unser helps Frisselles' to Glen top ten.
    1 January 1901: Al Unser Jr helped Grand Am racing brothers Burt and Brian Frisselle to their best Rolex Series result of the season in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

  • Open article Crash costs Fernandez at wet Watkins.
    1 January 1901: The variable conditions in Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen put paid to Adrian Fernandez's hopes of another strong result with his eponymous Grand Am Daytona Prototype team.

  • Open article Dalziel sees the flag.
    1 January 1901: For the first time in three races, Ryan Dalziel finally saw the chequered flag in a Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race held at Watkins Glen as the 24-year-old came home tenth in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

  • Open article Bergmeister retakes lead with Glen win.
    1 January 1901: In a race featuring 20 lead changes among nine cars and twelve drivers, Jorg Bergmeister reclaimed the points lead in Grand-Am's Rolex Series with victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

  • Open article Grand Am: CompUSA take pole on points.
    1 January 1901: Rolex Series points leaders Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz claimed pole position at Watkins Glen, despite only finishing final practice in ninth place.

  • Open article Grand Am: Rockenfeller heads Glen practice.
    1 January 1901: On a day that included three practice sessions but no qualifying owing to Thursday's legal action, which prevented Daytona Prototypes from practicing, Mike Rockenfeller posted the quickest lap in the final session in preparation for Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

  • Open article Grand Am: Glen action to run as normal.
    1 January 1901: The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen weekend schedule will proceed as originally planned - with Daytona Prototypes and GT cars competing simultaneously - as Grand Am officials have reached a settlement agreement with Krohn Racing.

  • Open article Legal appeal halts Glen action.
    1 January 1901: There was no running for the Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes at Watkins Glen on Thursday after an injunction was granted to Krohn Racing and driver Colin Braun by New York State Supreme Court judge Judith O'Shea.

  • Open article MSR joins Playboy Racing stable.
    1 January 1901: Playboy Racing has announced that Playboy Enterprises and Palms Hotel is to sponsor the #6 Lexus-powered Riley of Michael Shank Racing for the rest of the 2006 Rolex Series season - starting with the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen this coming weekend.

  • Open article Dalziel targets Glen podium.
    1 January 1901: Scotland's Ryan Dalziel heads to Watkins Glen this weekend for the Grand American Rolex Sportscar Series buoyed by his first podium in the Prototype class at Phoenix with the Pacific Motorsport Pontiac.

  • Open article Patterson, Negri chasing Glen victory.
    1 January 1901: With Michael Shank having travelled home from Watkins Glen with a trophy every year his team has competed at the venue, the Michael Shank Racing boss will be looking for more silverware in the latest round of the Rolex Series – which takes place at The Glen this weekend.

  • Open article Job team ready to rebound.
    1 January 1901: Alex Job Racing have rested and regrouped following several disappointing Grand Am Rolex Series races and are ready to challenge for victory again in this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours at the Glen.

  • Open article Preview – Sahlen's Six Hours.
    1 January 1901: With a series-leading three victories from seven Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series events, #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley co-drivers Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz head into the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen as the co-leaders in the Daytona Prototype driver point standings.

  • Open article Unser joins Frisselles at the Glen.
    1 January 1901: A new chapter in the long racing history between the Frisselle and Unser families will open at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen when two-time Indianapolis 500 champion Al Unser Jr joins forces with Burt and Brian Frisselle for the latest round of the Rolex Series at Watkins Glen.

  • Open article TRG duo extend GT lead at Lime Rock.
    1 January 1901: Pontiac drivers Andy Lally and Marc Bunting turned in a dominating performance to win the first Grand-Am Rolex Series event at Lime Rock Park since 2001, their second victory of the season extending their lead at the top of the GT standings.

  • Open article Riley, SunTrust go separate ways.
    1 January 1901: Less than a year after winning the Grand-Am Rolex Series title, Riley Motorsports and Surrey Sport - which operates the SunTrust Racing team - have announced that they will no longer be working together.

  • Open article Grand Am: HLM continue Infiniti development.
    1 January 1901: Team HLM are continuing development of their new Infiniti G35 GT Coupes, ahead of its Rolex Grand Am Series debut later in the year.

  • Open article Rudd tests DP, ponders race option.
    1 January 1901: NASCAR 'Iron Man' Ricky Rudd became the latest stock car racer to try his hand in a Rolex Series Daytona Prototype, when he joined the Synergy Motorsports team for a test at Mid-Ohio ahead of the circuit's EMCO Gears Classic round next month.

  • Open article TRG hungry for success at Lime Rock.
    1 January 1901: The Rolex GT Series Challenge takes place next Monday at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut in a race that will feature just GT Sportscars competing without the faster Daytona Prototype machines as usual.

  • Open article GT Preview - Lime Rock Park.
    1 January 1901: Riding a streak of five podium finishes in six 2006 Grand Am GT races, The Racers Group teammates Marc Bunting and Andy Lally lead the Rolex Series GT class back to the historic Lime Rock Park circuit for the first time since 2001 in Monday's Rolex GT Series Challenge.

  • Open article Dalziel helps PCM to best finish yet.
    1 January 1901: Ryan Dalziel and Alex Figge guided Pacific Coast Motorsports to their first ever Grand Am Rolex Series podium finish on Saturday night at the Phoenix International Raceway as the Scottish-American duo took second place in the Gainsco Grand Prix.

  • Open article Another podium for Southard.
    1 January 1901: Unfancied Grand Am Rolex Series team Southard Motorsports earned its second podium finish of the season at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday with drivers Shane Lewis and Craig Stanton.

  • Open article Alternator finishes dire weekend for Job
    1 January 1901: Alex Job Racing's Grand Am Rolex Series season stuttered for the second weekend in succession with drivers Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long leaving the Phoenix International Raceway with a disappointing 20th place finish in the Daytona Prototype class.

  • Open article Best weekend yet for Fernandez.
    1 January 1901: Adrian Fernandez's eponymous Grand Am Rolex Series team had their most successful weekend to date at the Phoenix International Raceway; coming away from the 1.51-mile circuit with a win and a top five finish.
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