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Grand-Am


The Grand American Road Racing Association or Grand-Am is an auto racing sanctioning body that was established in 1999 to organize endurance road racing competitions in North America.

Racing action in the 2005 Grand-Am Road & Track 250 at Laguna Seca

Overview

The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 and is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the same corporate campus that is also home to NASCAR, ISC (International Speedway Corporation) and Daytona International Speedway, but operates as its own stand-alone corporation with a group of independent investors and its own board of advisors. Among the corporation’s investors are several of the key people behind NASCAR’s success, but Grand American offers an entirely different product that features world-class sports car racing on historic road racing circuits and in major market speedways throughout North America.

Grand American currently sanctions three separate series. The premier Rolex Sports Car Series featuring Daytona Prototype and GT endurance events, the Grand-Am Cup featuring street-stock production cars, and the Ferrari Challenge featuring race versions of the Ferrari 360, the new Ferrari 430, and historic Ferrari race cars.

Rolex Sports Car Series

In the Rolex Sports Car Series, two classes compete for victories - Daytona Prototypes and Grand Touring. The crown jewel of the Rolex Sports Car Series season is the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, which is the first race of the year.

Daytona Prototype

The Daytona Prototypes are purpose- built chassis powered by stock-block production engines from Lexus, Pontiac, Porsche, BMW, Infiniti and Ford, in the interest of keeping operating costs low and attempting to ensure equality through the field. Approved chassis are built by Riley Technologies, Fabcar, Crawford, Doran, Picchio, Multimatic and Chase. The class has less powerful motors and less aerodynamic designs than Le Mans Prototypes built to ACO rules. The rule limitations are a result of the desire to maintain safe speeds at the series' fastest track, Daytona International Speedway, and maintain close competition. Daytona International Speedway hosts two premier events in the series, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and a 250-mile sprint on the same weekend as NASCAR's Pepsi 400.

Another important benefit of the Daytona Prototype class is that the chassis feature cost efficient construction using steel tube chassis instead of a carbon fiber tub. Not only does this reduce initial acquisition costs - bare rolling chassis cost in the neighborhood of $375,000 with ready-to-race examples costing around $600,000 - but operational costs are also much lower than those for ACO-spec Le Mans Prototypes. This relative affordability has sparked tremendous growth in field size, and as of 2006 upwards of 25 Daytona Prototypes regularly campaign in the series.

Grand Touring

For 2005, the Grand Touring (GT) and Super Grand Sport (SGS) classes were consolidated into a single GT class, which features high-tech sports car models approved by Grand-Am like the Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Ferrari 360 Modena, and BMW M3. However, new rules introduced in 2005, commonly referred to as Prep2, allow for the introduction of tube-frame, purpose-built cars into the class. The first examples of these are Pontiac GTOs campaigned by Horizon Motorsports and The Racer's Group.

Grand-Am Cup

The Grand-Am Cup is a production-based racing series, separated into two classes. Grand Sport (GS) includes sports cars, and Street Tuner (ST) consists of four-door sedans and sport coupes. Grand-Am Cup events are usually support events for Rolex Sports Car events.

2006 Daytona Prototype teams and drivers

No Entrant Engine Chassis Drivers Third driver(s) Sponsors
3 Southard Motorsports BMW Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Shane Lewis 22px-Flag of the United States.png Randy LaJoie Southard Motorsports
22px-Flag of the United States.png Craig Stanton
4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford 22px-Flag of the United States.png Butch Leitzinger 22px-Flag of the United States.png Tony Stewart The Boss Snowplow
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Andy Wallace
5 Finlay Motorsports Ford Crawford 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Michael Valiante 22px-Flag of the United States.png Bryan Herta
 22px-Flag of the United States.png Buddy Rice
Make-a-Wish
22px-Flag of the United States.png Rob Finlay
6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mike Borkowski 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Paul Tracy
 22px-Flag of the United States.png   Paul Mears, Jr.
Playboy
22px-Flag of the United States.png Tommy Constantine
8 Synergy Racing Porsche Doran 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Patrick Huisman 22px-Flag of the United States.png Al Unser, Jr. Gamewell Mechanical
22px-Flag of the United States.png Boris Said
10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Max Angelelli 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Jan Magnussen SunTrust Banks
22px-Flag of the United States.png Wayne Taylor
11 CITGO Racing by SAMAX Pontiac Riley 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Stefan Johansson 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Marino Franchitti CITGO
22px-Flag of Venezuela.png Milka Duno
12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley 22px-Flag of Mexico.png Adrian Fernandez 22px-Flag of the United States.png Scott Sharp Lowe's
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Mario Haberfeld
16 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Guy Smith 22px-Flag of the United States.png Rob Dyson Thetford, Norcold
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chris Dyson
19 Playboy/Uniden Racing Ford Crawford 22px-Flag of the United States.png Memo Gidley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Alex Barron Playboy, Uniden
22px-Flag of the United States.png Michael McDowell
23 Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford 22px-Flag of Germany.png Mike Rockenfeller 22px-Flag of Germany.png Lucas Luhr Ruby Tuesday
22px-Flag of the United States.png Patrick Long
30 SigalSport BMW Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Bill Auberlen None Alhadeff Companies
22px-Flag of the United States.png Matthew Alhadeff
39 Cheever Racing Porsche Crawford 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Christian Fittipaldi 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Hoover Orsi
 22px-Flag of the Canada.png   Patrick Carpentier
Crown Royal
22px-Flag of the United States.png Eddie Cheever
40 Derhaag Motorsports Pontiac Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Randy Ruhlman 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Ron Fellows
 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png   Justin Bell 
22px-Flag of the United States.png Paul Dallenbach
Preformed Line Products
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chris Bingham
47 TruSpeed Motorsports Porsche Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Rob Morgan None Querencia Golf Club
22px-Flag of the United States.png Charles Morgan
50 Rocketsports Racing Ford Crawford 22px-Flag of the United States.png Tomy Drissi Estonia flag.jpg Tonis Kasemets None
22px-Flag of the United States.png Paul Gentilozzi
58 Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Darren Law 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sascha Maassen Red Bull
22px-Flag of the United States.png David Donohue
59 Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Hurley Haywood 22px-Flag of Portugal.png Joao Barbosa Brumos Porsche
22px-Flag of the United States.png J.C. France
60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Oswaldo Negri, Jr. 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Justin Wilson
 22px-Flag of the United States.png   A.J. Allmendinger
Flight Options
22px-Flag of South Africa.png Mark Patterson
75 Krohn Racing Ford Riley 22px-Flag of Sweden.png Niclas Jönsson None Krohn Racing
22px-Flag of the United States.png Tracy Krohn
76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jorg Bergmeister None Krohn Racing
22px-Flag of the United States.png Colin Braun
77 Doran Racing Ford Doran 22px-Flag of the United States.png Terry Borcheller None Kodak, Amp'd Mobile
22px-Flag of the United States.png Harrison Brix
89 Pacific Coast Motorsports Pontiac Riley 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Ryan Dalziel None Playboy
22px-Flag of the United States.png Alex Figge
99 GAINSCO/Blackhawk Racing Pontiac Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Alex Gurney 22px-Flag of the United States.png Jimmy Vasser
 22px-Flag of the United States.png   Rocky Moran, Jr.
Gainsco Auto Insurance
22px-Flag of the United States.png Jon Fogarty
01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley 22px-Flag of the United States.png Scott Pruett 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Max Papis CompUSA, Telmex
22px-Flag of Mexico.png Luis Diaz
07 Spirit of Daytona Racing Pontiac Crawford 22px-Flag of the United States.png Guy Cosmo none DirecTV
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bobby Labonte
09 Spirit of Daytona Racing Pontiac Crawford 22px-Flag of the United States.png Doug Goad 22px-Flag of the United States.png Larry Oberto None
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Marc-Antoine Camirand


2006 Race Schedule

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