For the first time ever, the American Le Mans Series and the Grand Am Series will participate at the same venue on the same weekend. This one-time history making event is the predecessor for next year's merger of the two series, the United SportsCar Racing Series.
Fresh of their podium finish at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, BAR1 is looking to build on the recent success. Confident in their Road America setups, the team is pleased to announce a strong and competitive driver line up.
Kyle Marcelli and Chris Cumming return in the No. 8 Evident Capital ORECA Prototype, while Rusty Mitchell and Wisconsin local, James French will drive the No. 7 orange and blue Petro Comm ORECA.
Team owner, Brian Alder, is extremely optimistic going into the weekend.
"Car No. 7 sees a new driver and a new main sponsor. Petro Comm will bring the No. 7 car in our familiar blue, orange and white BAR1 livery, James French, a local driver from Sheboygan, Wisc. has lots of experience here at this his home track. James will share the seat with Rusty Mitchell.
"James tested with us at NOLA in June and we were very impressed with his speed. He was also the 3rd driver at this event in 2012 with BAR1 Motorsports, and enjoyed a trip to the podium. We're really looking forward to another great race with James and Rusty.
"This also a big weekend for many of us involved in sports car racing. We're very optimistic to be participating this first combined weekend with ALMS / Grand-Am Rolex. The weekend should provide us with some idea of how the paddock will look in 2014."
Located in Wisconsin's scenic Kettle Moraine, Elkhart Lake's Road America is one of the world's fastest permanent road racing tracks and a fixture in the sports car racing community. Driver's relish the circuit's 4.048 miles of challenging turns, curves, high-speed straights and dramatic elevation changes.
The newly formed GRAND-AM / ALMS Series takes over Road America's 4-mile circuit Friday, August 8 through Sunday August 11. The GRAND-AM Rolex Series VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 race on Saturday, Aug. 10, with ALMS presented by Tequila Patron hosting the Orion Energy Systems 245 race on Sunday.