Rolex Series Drivers Nominated For 2004 AARWBA All-America Team
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 2, 2004) - The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is well represented on the ballot for the 2004 American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Auto Racing All-America Team, as 2004 Daytona Prototype driver co-champions Max Papis and Scott Pruett and GT champion Bill Auberlen will be competing against some of the biggest names in motorsports for first team honors.
Pruett, who co-drove the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to his first Rolex Series championship with Papis, has made the first team five times. This is the first nomination for Papis, and for the first time in the AARWBA team's history, Pruett and Papis are considered a single entry on the ballot owing to their identical performance record in 2004. The duo will battle it out in the Road Racing category with the likes of Tommy Kendall, Ron Fellows and Ian James, who drove the No. 66 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS for The Racer's Group in the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series.
Auberlen had a record-setting year in the Rolex Sports Car Series, as he became the first driver in series history to earn six consecutive class victories driving the No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 in the GT class. Auberlen had a total of eight class victories on his way to the GT driver championship, and will compete in the At Large category against two-time Toyota Atlantic champion Jon Fogarty and IRL Infiniti Pro Series champion Thiago Medeiros among others. Auberlen is a two-time All-America Team second team selection.
Two from each category will be named to the first team and will be honored at the annual American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters banquet January 15 in Pomona, Calif. The banquet is open to the public and tickets can be purchased by calling 818-842-7005.
Nearly 300 members of the American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters vote to determine the winners. The organization has annually chosen the teams since 1970.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar will deliver professional sports car racing to many key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.