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SPLIT-CLASS FORMAT PUTS
ROLEX SERIES DP & GT MACHINES
UNDER PRIME TIME SPOTLIGHT IN PHOENIX 

9-12-05
By: Paula Nate
DP & GT together in Prime TimePhoenix, AZ. (September 8, 2005) -- For the first time since the inception of the Daytona Prototype class in 2003, this weekend's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series visit to Phoenix International Raceway will see the two Rolex Series classes co-headline the Phoenix 250 (GT race - SPEED Channel, 9/9 12:00 Midnight ET; Daytona Prototype race - SPEED Channel, 9/11 4:00 p.m. ET).

The Phoenix International Speedway is 250 miles of tricky, 1.51-mile, 11-turn circuits. Adding to the expectations for the drivers this weekend is that the Phoenix 250 marks the first time in Rolex Sports Car Series history that the thoroughbred Daytona Prototype racing machines will compete in a stand-alone event. As is traditional in sports car racing, every other event since the creation of the Series has been run as a multi-class format. In 2005, Grand American officials shrunk the number of classes to two; DPs and production-based GTs. With the slower GT cars competing in their own race on Friday evening, the drivers of the Daytona Prototypes will not have to concern themselves with getting involved in the battles between the slower GT cars. Saturday's race should be a full-out battle for DP supremacy. The 21 Daytona Prototype field is scheduled to take the green flag for the 250-mile (166 laps) event at 7 PM (PDT) on Saturday, September 10.

Live coverage throughout the weekend, including live timing & scoring data and audio webcasts, will be provided on the official web site of the Grand American Road Racing Association, www.grandamerican.com

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