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HOOSIER READY FOR ACTION WITH THE
ROLEX GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING SERIES

By: Paula Nate
4-21-06
Hoosier personnel hard at work at VIR Alton, VA. (April 20, 2006) -- For Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Daytona Prototype points co-leaders Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley a return to Virginia International Raceway for this Sunday's VIR 400 (SPEED, Live, 1:00 p.m. ET) is welcome news for them, given their past record at the 3.27-mile road course. Pruett and Diaz return as defending champions of the VIR 400. This will be the 5th Round of the 14-race 2006 Rolex Series championship. There is a field of 26 DP teams entered for this weekend race.

The point’s race could change significantly this weekend as the Rolex Series introduces 30-minute qualifying races. The qualifying races will award full points (35 for first, 32 for second, 30 for third, etc.) toward the driver, team and manufacturer championships. The qualifying races will not include driver changes, but all entered drivers will earn the same points as the qualifying driver, providing they drive under green flag conditions in the feature race. Additionally, the driver who contests the qualifier cannot be the starting driver in the feature.

The Rolex Series GT class returns to action this weekend for the first time since the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami last month. Leading the 20-car field to Virginia are No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R co-drivers Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards, who have used class victories in Round 2 at Mexico City and Round 3 at Homestead-Miami Speedway to take over the class points lead.

After nearly a three-month break, the Grand-Am Cup Series resumes this weekend with Saturday's VIR 200, Round 2 of the 10-race championship. With an entry list of 91 teams, Saturday's VIR 200 will undoubtedly be action packed. With their victory in the season-opening Grand-Am Cup 200 at Daytona International Speedway in January, Tafel Racing co-drivers Eric Lux and Charles Espenlaub stand atop the Grand Sport (GS) class point standings and will share the No. 175 Rembrandt Charms Porsche 996 this weekend. John Schmitt and Dave Roush lead the way in the Street Tuner (ST) class in the No. 92 Red Line Oil/Honda of America Honda Accord following their class victory at Daytona for the HART team.

Hoosier Racing Tire staff on hand is ready to accommodate this large field of cars, over 137 teams in all. Hoosier Racing Tire delivered several trailers loaded with tires for this weekend's events. Hoosier Racing Tire staff on hand includes tire technicians to mount and dismount throughout the events. In addition, Hoosier’s engineering staff is working closely with all teams to optimize car set-up and monitor tire performance.

SPEED Channel will provide live coverage of Sunday's VIR 400 beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET, while the Grand-Am Cup Series VIR 200 will air on SPEED at 1:00 p.m. ET on April 29. Live Timing & Scoring data and audio webcasts in English and Spanish will be provided on the official web site of the Grand American Road Racing Association, www.grandamerican.com

Hoosier is proud to be the sole tire supplier for the Grand American Rolex Racing Series.

      

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