Grand-Am Road Racing Announces 2010 Rolex Series Schedule
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 10, 2009) - Grand-Am Road Racing announced today its 2010 schedule for the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, featuring 12 Daytona Prototype and GT class combined-races in a dozen family-friendly weekends of world famous sports car racing.
The 11th season of competition will include several staple events, including the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen endurance races, as well as exciting and significant changes to a pair of sprint races at Lime Rock Park and Barber Motorsports Park.
The series will continue its focus on building fan-friendly events that appeal to the whole family and offer unparalleled access to the racing experience, including the pit road fan walk and direct access to drivers, team members and race cars. All Grand-Am events include driver autograph sessions, a pit road fan walk and access to the team paddock, as well as new activities to be introduced in the 2010 season.
Rolex Series competition returns to Lime Rock Park during Memorial Day weekend, and for the first time, GT class competitors will be joined by Daytona Prototype teams and drivers. The Rolex Series has competed at the Connecticut track four times since the series' first season in 2000. Barber also features a new date, moving its regular July race to April for the first time.
The season again begins with the 48th running of the Rolex 24, Jan. 30-31 at Daytona International Speedway. Series regulars Scott Pruett, Alex Gurney and David Donohue - co-winner of the closest Rolex 24 in the race's history - have been challenged by star drivers from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, IndyCar Series and international sports car racing. In recent years, Jimmie Johnson, Scott Dixon and Danica Patrick competed in the Rolex 24.
The 2010 Rolex 24 will also include the winner of the 2009 Sunoco Driver Challenge Award, who will drive a Daytona Prototype for a team to be announced a later date.
Other major alterations to the schedule include moving the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway from the Fall to back to Springtime, to March 6-8; the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park from July to April 10-11; and New Jersey Motorsports Park from May to the weekend of July 17. The season finale returns to Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, competing on the Outer Perimeter course for the first time.
The schedule also includes the prestigious road courses at which the series has competed through the years and their regular dates, returning to Virginia International Raceway for the Bosch Engineering 250, scheduled for the weekend of April 24-25.
The series also returns June 5-6 with the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, then travels to Lexington, Ohio, the weekend of June 19 for the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Competitors return to Daytona on the Fourth of July weekend and again will share the track with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, running the historic Brumos Porsche 250. New Jersey is the next stop with the new date the weekend of July 17, and will be followed by another combination race with the Sprint Cup Series, Aug. 7-8 at Watkins Glen.
The Rolex Series then crosses into Canada for its fourth race at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, sharing the track with the NASCAR Nationwide Series Aug. 28-29, before the Miller finale, scheduled for Sept. 10-11.
To view the complete 2010 schedule visit www.grand-am.com/2010rolexseries.
Grand-Am will announce its 2010 television package in the near future.
Grand-Am Road Racing, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the KONI Sports Car Challenge, is the premier road racing organization in North America. In 2009, the 12-race Rolex Series schedule and 11-race KONI Challenge calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America, with broadcasts in the U.S. and Canada on SPEED and distribution globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the Rolex Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand-Am at www.grand-am.com.