Race fans will get their first look at Daytona Prototypes (DP) competing on the famous Road Atlanta circuit April 19-20. The DP category has attracted the attention of superstar drivers and leading teams through its extremely raceable and relatively affordable format. With its intelligent design, the class has revolutionized sports car racing with plentiful battles at the front of the field and close finishes in virtually every race.
Spring in Atlanta is about change. Not the same as up North, I’ll grant you that, but change none the less. Bermuda grass lawns come out of hibernation, trees bud, flowers bloom and residents head out in droves to soak up the sun and once again fill outdoor dining patios and parks. Then the snow begins... not the fluffy white cold stuff, but the yellow-green pollen that covers everything for what feels like an eternity. Change is everywhere.
This year however brings another change, a louder change, a change with an eye towards the future. As the temperatures warm in the South, a racing series will make its first appearance on the Road Atlanta circuit. On April 19-20th the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will make their one and only stop to the circuit known all over the world as the location of the famous “Petit Le Mans” endurance race. This will be GRAND-AM’s only race at Road Atlanta because by this time next year both the GRAND-AM Series and the American Le Mans Series will join forces to create a new series recently announced as the “United SportsCar Racing.”
Underscoring the cooperative spirit of their merger announced last September, GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón today unveiled the initial concept for the organizations’ unified competition class structure that will debut in January 2014 at the 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
The lineup – in effect for the 2014 and 2015 seasons – is based on a philosophy of inclusion. The majority of classes from both the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the ALMS will be retained with the exception of the ALMS’ P1 prototype class.Read Entire Story at GRAND-AM
A pair of Daytona Prototype teams whose Rolex 24 At Daytona results didn't quite meet expectations look for better performances next week when the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series journeys to Austin, Texas for its inaugural race at the Circuit of The Americas.
Michael Shank Racing, whose No. 6 Ford/Riley finished 41st at Daytona, this week set the car's driver lineup for the remainder of the 2013 season. Columbian Gustavo Yacaman and Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, part of a four-driver tandem at Daytona, will share the No. 6 beginning with the Austin event.
The most significant development in the history of sports car racing in North America was announced today, with plans for a landmark merger of GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) unveiled at Daytona International Speedway.
Under terms of the merger, the following entities will combine with GRAND-AM: the American Le Mans Series; the International Motor Sports Association, which sanctions ALMS events; the Road Atlanta race track facility in Braselton, Ga.; the Chateau Elan Hotel and Conference Center in Sebring, Fla.; and Sebring International Raceway, via a reassignment of the lease agreement with the Sebring Airport Authority to operate the raceway.