The trademark of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is close competition among a large number of contenders. This year has started no different than past years for North America’s most competitive road racing series.
Thus far in 2013 after the first three races there have been three different winners in both the Daytona Prototype (DP) and Grand Touring (GT) classes as teams head for their Road Atlanta debut April 19-20. Although the series is well over a decade old, GRAND-AM has never raced at Road Atlanta. Picking a favorite won’t be easy as the 25 entries tackle the 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit for the first time.
In the premier DP category, Wayne Taylor Racing, Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates have each won races this year. Three other teams have earned podiumspots. At the most recent race at Barber Motorsports Park, the top 11 cars all finished on the lead lap.
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas (drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi BMW Riley) lead in the season championshipbattle, but are only two points ahead of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, who pilot the #99 Gainsco/Stallings Corvette DP.
The GT category is just as competitive with three different manufacturers winning the first three races: Audi, BMW and Chevrolet Camaro.
Although this will be the first time many of these teams race at Road Atlanta, it certainly won’t be the last. GRAND-AM is merging with the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, joining to become the United SportsCar Racing series beginning in 2014.
Gates open at Road Atlanta on Friday, April 19th for practice and qualifying. The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series 2-hour 45-minute race starts Saturday at 4:30 pm. It will be preceded by the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for street stock sports cars.