INAUGURAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED FOR GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION
NEW YORK (Sept. 21, 1999) - A prestigious lineup of notable road courses will play host to the inaugural schedule for the Grand American Road Racing Association, it was announced today by Roger Edmondson, president of the Grand American Road RacingAssociation.
The 2000 schedule will feature eight events at seven tracks including: Daytona International Speedway, Phoenix International Raceway, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Lime Rock Park, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Elkhart Lake's Road America and Watkins Glen International. In addition, four pre-season test days will be held in early January at Daytona International Speedway.
"Tracks like Daytona, Lime Rock, Watkins Glen and Elkhart Lake have long been synonymous with sports car racing," said Edmondson. "We are fortunate to have these great venues on our inaugural schedule. While our series is new, these tracks have a historic significance in the world of sports cars."
All event weekends will include Grand-Am Sports Racer, GT and International Sports Sedan championship events. At select events, vintage racing and/or other sports car lifestyle related activities will be included. Additionally, a festival area will be set up at each venue to showcase fan activities such as sports car auctions, merchandise booths and vintage automobile shows.
Below is information on the tracks that will run 2000 Grand-American
Daytona International Speedway: Daytona International Speedway has played host to sports car drivers from around the world for historic sports car events, including the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the newly resurrected Paul Revere 250, that will run in conjunction with NASCAR's Pepsi 400 next season. The 3.56-mile road course incorporates the banked tri-oval of the superspeedway and a non-banked infield section.
Elkhart Lake's Road America: This four-mile,11-turn permanent road course located in Wisconsin is a major part of the rich tradition of sports car racing in the United States. In 2000, the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary of sports car racing and the revival of the classic Road America 500, one of the country's traditional endurance events. Elkhart Lake has hosted many racing battles through the years including professional and amateur sports car events, CART, AMA Motorcycles and vintage racing.
Homestead-Miami Speedway: Homestead-Miami Speedway's racing legacy dates back to 1983, when sports cars raced the streets of bayside Miami. The success of the early sports car grands prix eventually led to the building of a state-of-the-art permanent facility, which opened in 1995. International sports car racing continues to play a key role at the Speedway in the annual Sports Car Extravaganza, with competition on a challenging 2.21-mile infield circuit visible to spectators in the elevated grandstands.
Lime Rock Park. Lime Rock Park is one of America's oldest continuously operated road racing courses. Located in Connecticut, -the 1.53-mile circuit has hosted many races since 1957 including numerous sports car events and NASCAR Busch North Series races. Lime Rock is home to one of the country's longest running sports car Memorial Day traditions.
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course: Professional sports car racing made its debut at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in September, 1963. The course is a 2.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road course hosts sports car events, CART, AMA Superbike and vintage racing.
Phoenix International Raceway: PIR sports car short but exciting history spans from 1992 through 1997. The oval/road course is a 1. 5 1 -mile, 11 -turn circuit set inside the walls of the onemile desert oval.
Watkins Glen International: Watkins Glen was originally a course made up of asphalt, cement and dirt roads in and around the village of Watkins Glen. In 1956 the 3.37-mile circuit moved to its permanent location and has hosted a wide variety of racing competition including Formula One, NASCAR Winston Cup, Can-Am, Trans-Am and Indy Car races.
GRAND AMERICAN ROAD RACING ASSOCIATION
INAUGURAL 2000 SEASON SCHEDULE
Date Event Television Venue
January 9-10 Pre-Season Testing N/A Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida
February 3-6 Rolex 24 at Daytona ESPN Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Florida
April 13-15 TBD Speedvision/ Phoenix International Raceway FOX Sports Net Phoenix, Arizona
April 28-30 TBD Speedvision/ Homestead-Miami Speedway FOX Sports Net Miami, Florida
May 26-29 Dodge Dealer's GP Speedvision/ Lime Rock Park FOX Sports Net Hartford, Connecticut
June 2-4 TBD Speedvision/ Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course FOX Sports Net Columbus, Ohio
June 28-29 Paul Revere 250 Speedvision/ Daytona International Speedway FOX Sports Net Daytona Beach, Florida