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.
Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the
sole supplier of tires for the Grand American / Rolex racing series.