DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2001) - The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads into its fourth race of the season this weekend, May18-20, with the Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, and there appears to be no clear...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2001) - The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads into its fourth race of the season this weekend, May18-20, with the Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International, and there appears to be no clear favorite due to the vast diversity and competition seen thus far in the series. In the first three races of the Rolex Series, no driver, team or manufacturer has been able to stand atop the overall podium more than once, exhibiting a level of competition hard to find in any other auto racing series in the world.
"The level of competition we have seen in the early season of the Rolex Series is a perfect example of Grand-Am's concept for sports car racing. We want to offer fans competitive races, not exhibitions," Grand-Am Director of Competition Dave Watson said. "The goal of Grand-Am is to offer a level playing field for all teams who wish to compete, as well as an exciting race for fans to watch.
"Having three different team, driver and manufacturer winners in three races only solidifies the Rolex Series' position as the best road racing competition in North America."
The diversity of the series is especially strong in its premier SportsRacing Prototype class, where Downing Atlanta's Mazda Kudzu took top honors at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and was followed by Dyson Racing Team's Ford Riley & Scott capturing victory at the Nextel 250. Hopes of a Dyson repeat were crushed by Intersport Racing's Judd Lola last month at the Sun Automotive 200.
The Rolex Series' GTS class has also seen three different teams and manufacturers take home class honors thus far this season. Chevrolet started the season with a Corvette victory, followed by the new Saleen S7R finding its way to Victory Lane at the Nextel 250. And Dodge saw its first win of the season with the #56 Viper taking the Sun Automotive 200.
Throughout all five of the Rolex Series classes, no team has managed to monopolize the start of the season. Archangel Motorsports' #21 Nissan Lola picked up the SRPII-class win at Daytona, while the #22 took the class title in Homestead. However Canadian-based Porschehaus Racing ended the team's streak with a victory in Phoenix.
In the GT class, no team has been able to repeat victory so far this season. Randy Pobst (Melbourne, Fla.) has managed to pilot the Porsches of two different teams to Victory Lane this year (the Rolex 24 At Daytona for White Lightening Racing and the Sun Automotive 200 for Fordahl Motorsports/Crazy Redhead Racing), but it was the JET Motorsports V8-powered BMW M3 that took the class prize in Homestead.
The fierce competition on the racetrack is also evident in the driver standings. Among the five classes, the largest driver lead is only seven points, and the closest points race has the top-two drivers separated by only one point.
Rolex Sport Car Series teams and drivers will have two chances to capture victories in May, with the series holding back-to-back races beginning this weekend in Upstate New York with the Six Hours of The Glen and followed by the traditional Memorial Day weekend Lime Rock Grand Prix.
More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available online at www.grand-am.com.