Winning UK drivers feature in half-term report ...
15.06.2010: ...in 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Series
Dalziel wins Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in Daytona Prototype and lies second in the Rolex Championship… in GT, rookie Adam Christodoulou wins at Lime Rock and Ham wins at Daytona
...in 2010 Grand-Am Rolex Series
Dalziel wins Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in Daytona Prototype and lies second in the Rolex Championship… in GT, rookie Adam Christodoulou wins at Lime Rock and Ham wins at Daytona
Just halfway through the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, UK drivers have enjoyed some real success. After six races, three U.K. drivers have won races and one holds second place in the overall championship.
Ryan Dalziel became the second Scot in three years, following Dario Franchitti in 2008, to win the prestigious Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, the opening round of the 12-race Rolex Series circuit. Dalziel shared with 2010 Le Mans 24 Hour race winner Mike Rockenfeller in driving their BMW/Riley Daytona Prototype.
Dalziel is currently second in the overall championship, just 18 points behind leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. He has not finished outside the top 10 in any of his five races, since winning Daytona, with the Miami-based Starworks No. 8 Corsa Car Care BMW/Riley
Justin Wilson was leading the 24 Hours of Daytona when a pit stop in the final three hours of the race cost him the win, settling for second. He took the podium with another British driver, Richard Westbrook, who finished third with Supercar Life Racing.
Other Brits, alongside Franchitti, in the 24 Hours of Daytona Prototypes were Darren Manning, Ian James, and Radical Champion Derek Johnston, the inaugural Sunoco Daytona Challenge winner. In the GT class, Yorkshireman Nick Ham, won the Rolex 24 with SpeedSource No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8.
Long time Rolex Series competitor, another Scot Robin Liddell, has experienced an up-and-down season. He led a race-high 143 laps in the Rolex 24, only to experience clutch problems in the Chevrolet Camaro, and drove from Scotland to Madrid to bypass the Icelandic volcano ash to get to the next race! Liddell sits fifth in points having top-10 finishes in five of six races.
2009 Star Mazda champion, Adam Christodoulou, was brought by Mazda to the top-level of US sports car racing as they seek their first manufacturer title in the Rolex Series. He tackled the short Lime Rock Park race in his Mazda RX-8 in May and won, in just his fifth Rolex Series race.
Luke Hines, son of Zipkart’s Martin Hines, debuted in the Rolex 24 and has competed in three of six races so far this season with a best finish of 15th at Watkins Glen International in his Porsche GT3.
Other U.K. drivers who have competed in the 2010 Rolex Series include Andy Pilgrim, Dan Watkins, Johnny Mowlem and Richard Dean.
The next race in the Rolex Sports Car Series will be the EMCO Gears Classic on Saturday, June 19, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
...with Eye Toward FutureSince Bennett Racing’s inaugural GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 appearance in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway in April, the team has been hard at work making significant modifications to its No. 56 Ferrari F430 Challenge in an effort to bring the car’s weiter >>
After six hours of racing it comes down to less than half a second. From first practice on Friday morning, everything was going in the right direction for AIM Autosport and the Pacific Mobile/Biosign weiter >>
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen race proved to be eventful for Krohn Racing. Team owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn started the race from the 11th position on the grid. After six hours of racing with just four cautions for 17 laps, the No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola finished in the same position.A couple of on-track incidents and a questionable penalty put the team down weiter >>
TRG Porsche Trio Rallies For GT Victory In Watkins Glen Classic
Five days after a three-race GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series winning streak ended in a first-lap crash, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas turned in a solid performance and started a ne weiter >>
Aschenbach, Thilenius Win In ST Class, Extend Championship LeadCharles Espenlaub and Charles Putman recovered from a first-lap spin in Saturday’s Continental Tire 150, the sixth round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season, to win the Grand Sport (GS) race and give Fall-Line Motorsports its first series victory.Both the weiter >>
Miller Barrett Racing had an excellent start to the six-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International, but a parts failure forced an early retirement from the race. The crew worked until 1 am Saturday morning, preparing the N weiter >>
Round 6, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series: Two-Hour ReportWeather At Watkins Glen International:3:15 p.m. - Cloudy; 82 degrees Fahrenheit (28 degrees Celsius)Distance Completed: 69 laps/ 234.6 milesOverall Lap Leaders: Scott Pruett (1-24), Jon Fogarty (25), Scott Pruett (26-30), Jon Fogarty (31-46), Scott Pruett (47-62), Jon weiter >>
DATE: Saturday, June 5 TIME: 2-4 & 6-8:30 p.m. ET NETWORK: SPEED EVENT: Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen It's time for racing at Watkins Glen International! The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen is sure to provide thrilling action on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course. Record weiter >>
Highlights include Introduction of New Merit Badge and “Troop 1” The Boy Scouts of America are celebrating their 100th Anniversary in 2010 and they will be doing it in style at Watkins Glen International starting with the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Saturday, June 5 and ending with the Heluva Good! So weiter >>
Stanton Gives Magnus Racing First GT Pole Position at Watkins Glen InternationalBouncing back from his team's worst showing of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season, Scott Pruett shattered the Watkins Glen International track record Friday to capture the pole position for Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.Pruett ran a lap of 1:40.562 ( weiter >>
Justin Piscitell Earns Street Tuner Pole Position In Only Second Series Start Bryan Sellers will lead the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport field to the green flag for Saturday’s Continental Tire 150 after winning the pole position during Friday’s qualifying session at Watkins Glen International.The two-and-a-hal weiter >>
Miller Barrett Racing will start the six-hour GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International from seventh on the GT class grid. Bryce Miller of Summit, N.J., qualified the No. 48 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car in one minute 51.316 seconds on the 3.4-mile road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. His average lap speed was 109.957 mph. weiter >>
Racing Legend has More Victories at WGI Than Any Other Driver Michael Printup, president of Watkins Glen International, announced this afternoon that Hurley Haywood has been named the first member of the Class of 2010 for the Legends of The Glen. In front of media and a large contingent of the B weiter >>
Sahlen's Six Hours of The GlenWatkins Glen, NY June 4 - 5, 2010Watkins Glen International - Long Course1 77 DP 1 Gidley / von Moltke Doran Racing / Ford Dallara 1:43.106 118.712 McDonalds, PR weiter >>
June 4 - 5, 2010Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen - Watkins Glen, NYWatkins Glen International - Long Course1 01 DP 1 Pruett / Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates / BMW Riley 1:41.383 120.730 & weiter >>
Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen June 4 - 5, 2010Watkins Glen International - Long Course Watkins Glen, NY1 99 DP 1 Fogarty / Gurney / Johnson GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing / Chevrolet Riley 1:41.501 120.589   weiter >>
SPEEDTV.com will stream a live qualifying show for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Round 6 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.Qualifying at Watkins Glen International begins at 3:40 p.m. ET on Friday. SPEEDTV.com will begin its coverage at 3:35 p.m., and run through each 15-minute session: Daytona Prototype and Grand Touring (GT). You can access the live st weiter >>
Team works overtime with only four days between races, including travel days It has been a hectic week for the AIM Autosport crew with just four days between races as they moved from Lime Rock Park in Connecticut to Watkins Gle weiter >>
Max Angelelli (No. 10 Suntrust Ford Dallara) trails Scott Pruett (No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Riley) in the 2009 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Angelelli has finished on the podium for the past four years at this event.After four free weekends, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series races twice in less than one week. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen is the second race of a busy week that t weiter >>
Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal finished third in Monday's Memorial Day Classic, giving the drivers of the No. 69 Mazda RX-8 its fourth consecutive GT podium finish, and increasing their lead in the championship.A 16th-place finish in the Rolex 24 was not the best way for Assentato and Segal, the 2008 Sahlen's Six Hours GT winners, to open the 2010 Rolex Series GT championship, weiter >>
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas return to Watkins Glen International seeking their third consecutive victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen - and look to return to championship form after a first-lap incident at Lime Rock Park slashed their commanding lead in the standings.The duo entered Monday's Memorial Day Classic with a 21-point lead in the Daytona Prototype championship. Mo weiter >>
The car count for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge remains strong. Seventy-five cars are entered for the sixth round of 2010 at Watkins Glen International - 36 in the Grand Sport class and 39 in the Street Tuner class. Seven of eight GS race-winning drivers and all eight ST race-winning drivers are entered. * Season's Second Half Starts At The Glen: The Co weiter >>
Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney Provide Star Power to Program’s 2010 Grand Finale at Watkins Glen InternationalThe students of Watkins Glen Elementary School celebrated the conclusion of the Read for Speed program with a trip to Watkins Glen International on Thursday, June 3. About 100 students visited the track as a reward for being named one of the “ weiter >>
The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola started the Memorial Day Classic Rolex GRAND-AM Sports Car Series race from the pole position at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Monday, May 31st. Nic Jönsson captured the first starting spot with a time of 48.786 in the single day event, where teams practiced, qualified and raced all on one day. It was Jönsson’s first Grand-Am Pro weiter >>
Weekend Duties include Giving Command to Start Engines on Saturday, June 5 Fans that visit Watkins Glen International each summer have come to expect Mike Paz’s booming voice over the public address speaker during pre-race ceremonies but he will play a different role this coming weekend. WGI is proud to announce that Paz will serve as the grand marshal f weiter >>
Team recovers from accident in qualifying to run at the front.
AIM Autosport arrived at Lime Rock Park this morning all set for a good day. In the end it turned out not too badly but there were some twists and turns along the way. The single-day event weiter >>
After four free weekends, Monday's Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park opens up the busiest week of the Rolex Series season.Because only five days later, Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International will take the series to the midway point of the 2010 campaign.The visit to the scenic Lakeville, Conn., circuit will be a one-d weiter >>
Scott Pruett feels the pressure will be on all of the Daytona Prototype teams when they unload at Lime Rock Park for Monday's Memorial Day Classic, the first event for the Rolex Series' premier class at the 1.5-mile Connecticut circuit."I feel it's going to be a unique opportunity for everyone," said Pruett who will join co-driver Memo Rojas in the two-hour, 45-minute event. "It's a weiter >>
Four-time reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Champion Jimmie Johnson is gearing up to make his second start of the 2010 season with GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and its team of two-time champion drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty.The June 5 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will take place on the full 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.The weiter >>
Marking a new phase in the long-standing relationship between Michael Shank Racing and CAP & Associates, team owner Mike Shank announced on Tuesday that the No. 6 Ford Riley will carry sponsorship from CAP & Associates in the next two rounds of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.Based in Columbus, Ohio, also the home of Michael Shank Racing, CAP & Associates is a desig weiter >>
Paddock and Garage Access also Included in Price of Weekend AdmissionFans attending this year’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen event weekend, June 4-6, will have easy access to their favorite teams and drivers, and to make it even better, all of the activities are included with the price of any admission ticket! Fans will be granted access to the G weiter >>
Team looks to continue the streak started at VIR AIM Autosport is heading to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut this weekend with a lot on its mind and something to prove. There is a new technical partner on board and the team is also coming off it's best result, a second place at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), the team's first podium in almost two years, so weiter >>
Johnson to co-drive with 2007 Sahlen’s Six Hours Champions Alex Gurney and Jon FogartyOver the course of its history, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen has featured some of the top names in all of motorsports and this year another illustrious driver will add his name to the list - NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star Jimmie Johnson. The 4-time defending weiter >>
Biosign Technologies Inc. (CNSX:BIO) (“Biosign” or the “Company”) and AIM Autosport (“AIM”) announced today a multi-year technical partnership for enhancing driver performance and safety in the motor sport industry.Modern racing demands top conditioning of car and driver. Fine tuning the vehicle involves advanced test and diagnost weiter >>
Following a five week break, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron returns to action at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend (May 20-22) where Robertson Racing will be targeting another top ten finish.The demanding 11-turn, 2.238-mile venue located on the Monterey Peninsula, California, is a favourite amongst drivers and fans alike thanks, in par weiter >>
... and is on the prowl for endurance fight at Mazda Raceway Laguna SecaThe JaguarRSR race team returns to California this week for Round Three of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It was seven months ago that the JaguarRSR XKR GT took its first green flag on this very same track with Marc Goossens and weiter >>
The Krohn-Risi Ferrari team is back at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this week hoping to apply their endurance racing experience in the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Patron race, May 22, 2010. The new six-hour race will pit skilled drivers of 36 cars around the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Northern California road course. Drivers of the No. 61 green-and-blue Risi Competizione-prepared Ferrar weiter >>
Grand-AM VIR 200DATE: Saturday, May 1 TIME: 1 p.m. ETNETWORK: SPEEDEVENT: VIR 200 (Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge)The edge-of-your-seat action continues on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course at Virginia International Raceway. Jack Roush Jr. leads 58 of the latest production-based sports cars to the green f weiter >>
In preparation for the upcoming Continental Tire 150 during the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 4-6, several drivers from the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge made a stop at Watkins Glen International to test their equipment on Wednesday, April 28.
The testing not only provided valuable information for the race in Ju weiter >>
TRG's Andy Lally will make his 100th career Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask no. 16 race start today. Lally becomes only the second driver in Grand-Am history to reach the century mark in starts, the other is Darren Law with 128. Lally made his made his first start in the series behind the wheel of a SRPII Lola at Elkhart Lake, Wiscons weiter >>
Round 4 on the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series calendar is the Bosch Engineering 250 on April 24-25 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Virginia. The No. 75 Krohn Racing Ford Proto-Auto Lola with owner/driver Tracy W. Krohn and teammate Nic Jönsson will pilot the 530-horsepower car around the 3.27-mile, 17-turn historic Virginia circuit.
In one of the biggest sponsorship and partnership announcements in professional sportscar racing this year, AXA Financial and Brent Koch have chosen TRG to partner in a new program together. Following the team's absence from the previous Grand-Am round at Barber Motorsports Park, TRG and AXA will return to this weekend's festivities at Virginia International Raceway, with a bigger announcement weiter >>
The ride toward the 2011 Rolex 24 At Daytona begins this weekend for Bennett Racing as the team will make its GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 debut on Saturday afternoon in the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. The race will be televised on Saturday, April 24 beginning at 2:00 p.m. ET on SPEED.Co-driving the team’s N weiter >>
Porsche 250 At Barber Motorsports ParkLiddell Looks To Rebound In Next Event After Struggling With CamaroRolex 24 At Daytona co-winner Ryan Dalziel didn’t gain any ground during Saturday’s Porsche 250, the third round of the GR weiter >>