DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 1, 2001) - The first weekend of the 2001 Grand-Am season kicked-off this morning with a drivers' meeting for this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Although several issues were addressed to prepare drivers for the race, the primary concern was a possible change in qualifying procedures due to the rainy weather in Daytona Beach this morning.
If the racetrack is wet this afternoon for the first qualifying session, all classes will participate in the 3 p.m. qualifying session, which will last 45 minutes. At the end of the session, only the front row of cars will be locked into the race. The remainder of the field of 80 will be selected after Friday's qualifying, with the best time being taken from either Thursday and Friday's qualifying sessions.
If the racetrack is dry this afternoon for the first qualifying session, the classes will run three separate 15-minute sessions per the previously released schedule (SRP, SRPII at 3 p.m.; GTS, AGT at 3:25 p.m.; GT at 3:50 p.m.). Under dry conditions, the first 35 cars will be locked in for the race, regardless of class, after today's qualifying session. The remainder of the field will be locked in after Friday's qualifying.
If wet track conditions continue on Friday, the qualifying sessions will also be combined.
More information on the Grand-Am and the Rolex 24 At Daytona is available online at www.grand-am.com.