Chevrolet Grand-AM Detroit 200 news and notes

Chevrolet Grand-AM Detroit 200 news and notes

31.05.2013: GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES Next Race: Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200 The Place: Raceway At Belle Isle


Next Race: Chevrolet GRAND-AM Detroit 200

The Place: Raceway At Belle Isle

The Date: Saturday, June 1

The Time: 12:25 p.m. (ET)

TV: SPEED, 5 p.m. (ET)

Radio: MRN, LIVE

Distance: 2 hours

GRAND-AM, ALMS To Have Strong Presence At 24 Hours Of Le Mans

North American sports car racing is undergoing major change, and the world is taking notice. This year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 22-23 will feature 31 drivers from both the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) and GRAND-AM Road Racing.

Seven ALMS teams and one from GRAND-AM are expected to be on the grid when GRAND-AM founder Jim France waves the French flag at 9 p.m. ET on Saturday, June 22, to start the endurance classic.

France heads the board of directors for United SportsCar Racing, which will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona, combining GRAND-AM and the ALMS.

This will be the first time that two members of the same family will be honored by starting the race. Bill France Jr. – then NASCAR president – was the 1976 honoree, starting an event that featured two NASCAR stock cars in the one-time “Grand International” class.

Seven-time Le Mans class winning Corvette Racing leads the solid GTE class, alongside SRT Motorsports, while racer/actor Patrick Dempsey and Ricky Taylor are among the Americans competing in the GTE Am class.

Level 5 Motorsports competes in the LMP2 class for the third consecutive year. From the GRAND-AM side, 8Star Motorsports will have owner Enzo Potolicchio and Stephane Sarrazin racing a Ferrari 458 Italia.

Stevenson Camaro Two-Race Winning Streak Tightens GT Championship Hunt

Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards were the inaugural GT winners at Detroit when they combined to capture honors co-driving a Chevrolet Camaro last year for the now inactive Autohaus Motorsports team.

Robin Liddell and John Edwards have the lone Camaro entered at Detroit, and they are looking for their third consecutive victory in the No. 57 Stevenson Auto Group Camaro. The pair combined to win GT honors at both Barber Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta, tightening up the GT points battle in the process.

Liddell and Edwards have moved up to third in the GT title chase, trailing Scuderia Corsa Ferrari driver Alessandro Balzan by eight points (110-102).

John Potter and Andy Lally, drivers of the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3, are one point out of the lead.   

Circuit of The Americas winner Paul Dalla Lana is tied for fourth with AIM Autosport Team FXDD with Ferrari drivers Anthony Lazzaro and Emil Assentato, only one point behind Liddell and Edwards (101 points). Park Place Racing Porsche drivers Patrick Long and Patrick Lindsey are sixth, with 99 points.

There will be a second GM product in the GT field, with Eric Curran and Boris Said returning in the No. 31 Marsh Racing Corvette.

Chevrolet Defending Double Victory In Return To Belle Isle

Chevrolet has its work cut out in defending its double victory in Saturday’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. Ford, BMW and Ferrari are expected to offer strong challenges for in GRAND-AM’s second visit to the automotive capital of the world.

With its Renaissance Center world headquarters as a fitting backdrop, Chevrolet came home a double winner last year at Detroit’s Raceway at Belle Isle Park. Action Express Racing gave the new Corvette DP a one-two sweep in the Daytona Prototype ranks, while Jordan Taylor and Paul Edwards captured top honors in the production-based GT class in the Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro.

For 2013, Corvette DPs lead the way with six prototype entries. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were winners at Circuit of The Americas for Bob Stallings Racing in March, while Wayne Taylor Racing’s Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor won the April round at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Chevrolet is also represented by a Camaro and a Corvette in the GT class.

Ford, headquartered in nearby Dearborn, Mich. is also a solid contender in the DP class, with four Ford-powered Rileys – two each from Starworks Motorsport and Michael Shank Racing.

Ganassi’s Pruett, Rojas Come To Detroit Leading DP Points

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates returns to Detroit with momentum and the Daytona Prototype points lead in the team’s quest for a fourth consecutive title. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, drivers of the No. 01 Cessna-TELMEX BMW/Riley, dominated the most recent round at Road Atlanta after opening the season by winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Winners of the last three DP championships, Pruett (40 DP victories) and Rojas (27) are also the leading winners in class history. Pruett is the lone five-time Rolex Series champion while Rojas’ four titles are second on the all-time list. Chip Ganassi Racing has won six of the 10 total DP team championships.

Pruett has history on his side at the Motor City. He won an IMSA GTO race for Jack Roush in 1987, when the cars raced through the downtown streets. At Belle Isle, he won his first CART pole and finished second in the 1989 event.

Rojas competed in a pair of Barber Dodge Pro Series open-wheel races at the circuit, with his best finish 19th in 1999 – finishing between Michael Valiante and Jon Fogarty. The pair finished third in last year’s inaugural DP race at Belle Isle.

Ganassi Racing’s main challenge for a fourth consecutive DP title are a pair of Corvette teams that both have already won this season – GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing.

Consistency has been the biggest advantage for the Ganassi gang with a season-worst finish of fourth. The team’s lone hiccup came at Circuit of the Americas when the team suffered damage midway through the race, but a timely caution and diligent work by the crew allowed Pruett to race back to a third place finish.

Chevrolet Holds Tight Lead In DP Manufacturer Race

There will be more than bragging rights on the line for GRAND-AM’s second annual visit to Detroit, where two hometown manufacturers are battling for a championship.

Coming to the Motor City, Chevrolet and Ford are fighting it out for the coveted Rolex Series Daytona Prototype manufacturer’s championship. After four races, Chevy holds a four-point lead over Ford, 132-128. BMW ranks third with 112 points.

Chevrolet is the defending GT winner at Detroit, and returns to Belle Isle with a two-race winning streak in the production-based division. However, imports are dominating the manufacturer points.

Despite not winning a race this season, Ferrari holds a three-point lead over Porsche (118-115). COTA winner BMW is third with 98 points, followed by Chevrolet with 96.

Porsche continues to enjoy the advantage in the new GX class with 137 points. Mazda cut the lead to 10 points in the most recent race at Road Atlanta, with SpeedSource Mazda6 drivers Andrew Carbonell and Joel Miller taking the first victory for a diesel-powered car in GRAND-AM competition.

8Star Motorsports Signs Open-Wheel Veteran As Race Engineer

8Star Motorsports continues to grow in its quest to become competitive in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series DP class.

Team owner Enzo Potolicchio recently named open-wheel veteran Yves Touron as race engineer for its Rolex Series DP program for the No. 3 Corvette DP.

Potolicchio stepped away from driving, turning the wheel over to veterans Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy. Potolicchio hopes to return to competition later this season in a second team DP.

Touron’s extensive credentials include work with Panther/Dreyer & Reinbold Racing (2009-2013) and PKV Racing. He also worked with Team Cadillac and Giroix Racing’s McLaren F1 GTR.

Touron recently worked with the Pompano, Fla.-based team’s Corvette DP at a test at Sebring International Raceway. Drivers Michael Valiante, Rafael Matos and Potolicchio drove at the test. Valiante will drive with the team at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Action Express Racing Looks To Repeat Belle Isle Dominance, Double Podium

Action Express Racing will have a new look for Saturday’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 – but hopes to find similar success to last year’s inaugural Rolex Series race at the Raceway at Belle Isle.

A year ago, Action Express Racing shuffled its driver lineup for Detroit – and came through with a one-two finish. Joao Barbosa and Darren Law won in the team’s No. 9 Corvette DP, with David Donohue and Terry Borcheller finishing second in the No. 5.

The team added three new drivers for 2013, and changed its lineup for the most recent Rolex Series race at Road Atlanta. Barbosa moved from the No. 9 to join Christian Fittipaldi in the No. 5, while brothers Brian and Burt Frisselle now co-drive the No. 9.

While Fittipaldi did not compete in last year’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Detroit, he has experience racing at the circuit in CART. He finished second in 1996 and fifth in 2001, both with Newman/Haas Racing.

Fittipaldi’s GRAND-AM experience dates back to 2003 – winning the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona – but 2013 is his first fulltime ride since 2007, when he drove for Eddie Cheever Racing.

He is currently 10th in DP points with a season-best finish of fifth coming at Circuit of The Americas in March.

Rolex Series, Etc.

* Michael Shank Racing driver Ozz Negri will miss this weekend’s event as he continues to recover from an offseason leg injury. Subbing for Negri will be Michael Valiante who will co-drive with John Pew in the No. 60 Ford/Riley prototype.

* Gustavo Yacaman, driver of the No. 6 Tuvacol Ford/Riley for Michael Shank Racing, won last year’s Indy Lights race at Belle Isle. He will co-drive this weekend with Antonio Pizzonia who drove to a season-best finish of fourth at Road Atlanta.

GRAND-AM Corporate Corner


- Through GRAND-AM’s partnership with InterContinental Hotels Group select IHG properties in Detroit will have GRAND-AM hotel key cards. The cards will be available at IHG hotels in five GRAND-AM markets throughout the season.
- The official pace car for this weekend’s Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 from Belle Isle will be the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1.

- Sherwin-Williams recently announced a multi-tiered partnership with NASCAR that designated the company as a Promotional Partner of GRAND-AM and IMSA. As part of the two-year agreement, the company will begin a contingency program for each race for competitors in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Herb Branham and MMA


31.05.2013 / MaP

More News

Ryan Dalziel aiming to be a Detroit winner
Fired-up endurance star Ryan Dalziel is aiming to build on his hard-fought second place in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Cars Series at Road Atlanta by finding Victory Lane in the Chevrolet Grand-Am Detroit 200 at Belle Isle .The proud Scot was in determined mood as he left his home in Windermere, Florida, to fire up Starworks Motorsport’s title charge in De more >>
R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport and AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari 458 Italias Finish Sixth and Eighth
--in Competitive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Race at Road AtlantaNo. 61 R.Ferri/AIM Ferrari Leads With Segal and Papis; Lazzaro Sets Fastest GT Lap in No. 69 AIM/FXDD Ferrari after He and Assentato Rebound from Opening-Lap more >>
GRAND-AM Makes Maiden Visit to Road Atlanta This Weekend
Fast FactsGRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car SeriesThe Race:  Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of AtlantaThe Place: Road AtlantaThe Date/Time: Saturday, 4:30 p.m. ETTV:  SPEED, 4:30 p.m. ETRadio: MRN Radio, 4:30 more >>
R. Ferri / AIM Motorosport AIM Autosport Team FXDD RACING WITH FERRARI
Road Atlanta Not All New for AIM Autosport Team FXDD and R.Ferri/AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 Italia TeamsHome Track for Emil Assentato’s No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD Ferrari Co-Driver Anthony Lazzaro; Jeff Segal and Max Papis more >>
All Four Multimatic Astons in Top Ten After Intense Action in Alabama
In a race that saw Scott Maxwell's #55 Aston Martin Vantage twice taken out by competitor's mistakes, and David Empringham's #15 trading paint with the Stevenson Camaro in the closing stages, it was impressive that the two Multimatic more >>
Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park team news
Barber Motorsports Park  Corvette DP, Spirit of Daytona Return To Site Of First Win Barber Motorsports Park was a breakthrough track for both the Corvette DP and Spirit of Daytona Racing in 2012. One year after earning t more >>
Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park fast facts
GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car SeriesThe Race: Porsche 250The Place: Barber Motorsports ParkThe Date/Time: Saturday, 1:45 p.m. ETTV: SPEED – Sunday, 5:30 p.m. ETRadio: MRN, 1:30 p.m. ET (local affiliate WYDE 1260 AM)Race Length: 2 hoursGRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports more >>
MAX ANGELELLI & JORDAN TAYLOR on the Rebound Like Never Before at Saturday’s Porsche 250 in Alabama
In the spirit of this weekend’s NCAA men’s basketball Final Four just two hours east on I-20 in Atlanta, Max Angelelli, his co-driver Jordan Taylor, and the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP team of Wayne Taylor Racing will be looking to rebound like never b more >>
Scuderia Corsa Ferrari announces addition of Jeff Westphal to driver lineup
...for remainder of Grand-Am seasonScuderia Corsa, the Los Angeles based Ferrari team competing in its first full season of Grand-AM, has announced that young driver Jeff Westphal will join Alessandro Ba more >>
Barber Motorsports Park 2013 Official Time Schedule and Speed TV
Barber Motorsports Park Track Length – 2.3 miles (3/15/13 – subject to change)Thursday, April 4 – NOT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC1:00 PM 1:45 PM Practice – Continental Tire Challenge2:00 PM 2:30 more >>
Lamborghini Super Trofeo Mono Marque Series Makes USA Debut In 2013
Italian Super Sports Car Marque Launches New Series, Expands Into Third ContinentAutomobili Lamborghini has announced its single marque racing series, the Lamborghini Super Trofeo, will launch in North America in 2013.  The North American series will be sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association [IMSA] this year and will race predominantly a more >>
PRELIMINARY 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series International Distribution
Broadcast Partner    Country(ies)       Territories                   Programming    more >>
Multimatic Tenacity Returns Strong Result in Difficult Circumstances at Circuit of The Americas
Multimatic Motorsports rose to a host of challenges in a weekend that saw one car withdrawn before practice even started and its Daytona podium finisher suffer electronic problems that took it out of contention during more >>
Ryan Dalziel takes stunning second in Austin
2012 Sports Car driver of the year Ryan Dalziel produced a driving masterclass to help Starworks Motorsport to second place at the Grand-Am Of The Americas in Austin, Texas.The proud Scot - who now lives in Windermere, Florida – needed all his battling qualities to fight his way up the field in the #2 Ford Riley. He had an excellent crowd on it more >>
Circuit Of The Americas The Recap, facts and figures
GRAND-AM Of The Americas Presented By GAINSCO And TOTAL  Rolex Sports Car Series The RecapIt had been a long time since Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty last won a Rolex Sports Car Series race – Montreal in 2011 to be exact. more >>
AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari F458 Moves to Second
04.03.2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car GT Points After Fifth-Place at Circuit of The AmericasR. Ferri / AIM Motorosport AIM Autosport Team FXDD RACING WITH FERRARIAIM FXDD’s Assentato and Lazzaro Rally in Repaired No. 69 Ferrari; P more >>
Jeff Segal Endures Another Challenging GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Race
04.03.2013 the GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and TOTALEarly Race Lead Goes For Naught after Pit Issues and a Hard Hit from a GT Competitor Results in a 10th Place Finish for Segal and No. 61 R.Ferri AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458 more >>
Krohn Racing Friday Notes and Quotes
Grand-Am at COTA - Austin    The Krohn Racing Team spent Thursday learning the new Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas during the promoter’s Test Day. They put that knowledge into use today during three practice sessions more >>
Starworks Fords Fastest At Circuit Of The Americas Test Day
Ferraris Top GT Practice; Qualifying Sessions Set For Friday  GRAND-AM Road Racing teams got their first look at America’s newest motorsports venue on Thursday with unofficial testing for Saturday’s GRAND-AM of The Americas prese more >>
Jeff Segal Ready to Rebound With R.Ferri AIM Motorsport Racing in Texas
with Ferrari F458 At This Weekend’s Inaugural GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Race at Circuit of The AmericasTwo-time and reigning GT Champ Set for First Success with New Teammate Max Papis in Saturday’s GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINS more >>
Grand-Am at Circuit of The Americas in Austin by Gainsco & Total
ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIESThe Race: GRAND-AM of The Americas pres. by GAINSCO & TOTALThe Place: 3.40-mile road courseThe Date/Time: Saturday, 4 p.m. ETThe Race Length: 2 hours, 45 minutesTV: SPEED, 5:30 p.m. ETRadio: MRN Radio, 3:45 p.m. ETMRN Affiliates: KWNX 1260 AM / ESPN Radio – KTXX more >>
Inaugural GRAND-AM of the Americas Takes Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP to Austin
Max Angelelli & Jordan TaylorWhat a difference a year makes as the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Dallara DP team of Wayne Taylor Racing heads to the beautiful, new Circuit of The Americas Formula 1 facility in Austin, Texas, for roun more >>
Krohn Racing Returns to Grand-Am Racing at Circuit of the Americas in Austin
Home State Race for Texas Businessman and Team Owner Tracy W. Krohn The Krohn Racing team returns to Grand-Am racing this weekend at the GRAND-AM of the Americans presented by Gainsco and Total race, March 1-2, 2013. The two hour and forty more >>
MOMO NGT Motorsport Team Analysis Report for Rolex 24 at Daytona Retirement
Following an in-depth analysis of all the parts involved in the retirement of the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 from the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona race, Team Manager and NGT Motorsport owner, Ramez Wahab, reported that a brake rotor exploded, causing the more >>
Jeff Segal Battles Through Challenging Rolex 24 At Daytona Weekend
...with debuting R.Ferri AIM Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458Two-time and reigning GT Champ finds footing with new team, co-driver Max Papis and Rolex 24 teammates Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni VilanderTwo-time and reigning more >>
AIM Autosport Team FXDD Racing with Ferrari Finishes Third in Rolex 24 At Daytona
...with Lazzaro, Wilkins, Longhi and AssentatoNo. 69 AIM/FXDD F458 Scores Team’s First Rolex 24 Podium While No. 61 R.Ferri Aim Motorsport Racing with Ferrari F458 Runs Fast Laps in DebutFor the No. 69 A more >>
Martin Ragginger in Daytona inmitten der Weltklasse!
Martin Ragginger fährt 2013 weiterhin in Höchstform: Beim zweitwichtigsten Langstrecken-Rennen der Welt, den 24-Stunden von Daytona in Florida, USA, belegte das FOAMETIX Burtin Racing-Team des 24-jährigen Salzburge more >>
Napleton Racing Delivers Dominant GX Class Debut Victory in Rolex 24 At Daytona
No. 16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman S with Shane Lewis, David Donohue, Dr. Jim Norman and Nelson Canache Concludes Stellar Month of January in Daytona’s Victory LaneNapleton Racing led January’s Roar Bef more >>
FOAMETIX/Burtin Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Secures First Top-10 Finish in Rolex 24 At Daytona
No. 17 FOAMETIX/Z-Value Porsche GT3 with Claudio Burtin, Martin Ragginger, Jack Baldwin, Mario Farnbacher and Robert Renauer recovers from contact for best Rolex 24 ResultWith most of this morning at the Rolex 24 At Daytona run und more >>
Park Place Motorsports and Children’s Tumor Foundation Racing4Research Fight Back at Daytona
...from Early Problems at the Rolex 24 At DaytonaNo. 73 Park Place Motorsports/Racing4Research Porsche GT3 with Patrick Long, Daniel Graeff, Spencer Pumpelly, Patrick Lindsey more >>
Darren Law Rolex 24 race
Darren Law has a new respect for steering wheels, after an electronic failure dropped him and the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing team from podium contention in the 2013 Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Phoenix driver joined Jon Fogarty (Bend, Ore.), Memo Gidley more >>
Bester Porsche Fünfter im Spritpoker von Daytona
24 Stunden von DaytonaDas Finale des 24-Stunden-Rennens in Daytona war in der hart umkämpften GT-Klasse ein spannender Spritpoker. In den letzten Runden setzten die Strategen der Teams alles auf eine Karte, verzicht more >>
BMW Powers Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates to Victory at Rolex 24 at Daytona
The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target BMW Riley ended 24 hours of hard fought sports car racing at the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona in the same position from which it started: First.  more >>
Doppelsieg für Audi-Kundenteams in Daytona
- Alex Job Racing gelingt GT-Klassensieg- APR Motorsport komplettiert Doppelerfolg des Audi R8 GRAND-AM - Alle drei Einsatzteams mit Siegchancen bis zum SchlussBei den 24 Stunden von Daytona bot der Aud more >>
24h Daytona overall standings 2013
24h DAYTONA 2013  ROLEX SERIESDaytona International Speedway1  1 DP 1      Dixon, S     Kimball, C     Montoya, J    more >>
Chip Ganassi BMW takes victory at 24h Daytona 2013
Rolex 24 At Daytona - breaking news1 01 DP 2 Juan Pablo Montoya  Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates - BMW Riley took victory at 24h Daytona 2013   photo by Scott SCHILKE &n more >>
MOMO NGT Motorsport Team Retirement at 24h Daytona
2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona  The suspension failure on the leading GT class No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 car proved to be terminal for the 2013 running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona race. Just shy of the twe more >>
Standings in 24h Daytona Top 5 DP & GT 1h 16 minutes to race
Rolex 24 At Daytona - 01:16:3724h Daytona top 5 DP1 60 DP 1 AJ Allmendinger 668 ---  --- 3:06.047 68.89 1:42.971  124.46 612 6 Michael Shank Racing - Ford Riley2 01 DP 2 Juan Pablo Montoya 6 more >>
MOMO NGT Motorsport Team at 24h Daytona after 20 Hour
2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona  The nighttime and early morning hours at the Rolex 24 at Daytona race proved to be eventful for the No. 30 MOMO NGT Motorsport Porsche GT3 car of Henrique Cisneros, Sean Edwards, Patrick Pilet and Kuba Giermaziak more >>


2001-2022 full copyright