Lime Rock: Rookie of the Year pre-race notes

Liddell, Henzler Lead MESCO Building Solutions Rookie of the Year Race Heading to Lime Rock DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2006) -- With Round 7 of the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT class scheduled to take to...

Liddell, Henzler Lead MESCO Building Solutions Rookie of the Year Race Heading to Lime Rock

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2006) -- With Round 7 of the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve GT class scheduled to take to the track this weekend at Lime Rock Park, No. 72 NEC Porsche GT3 co-drivers Robin Liddell and Wolf Henzler will have a little more pressure on them. The Tafel Racing duo currently leads the standings for the inaugural MESCO Building For the Future Rookie of the Year Award with 267 points.

Liddell and Henzler have not finished outside the GT class top six in the first six races this season and captured the first Rolex Series victory for Tafel Racing in the Road & Track 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this month. Winning both the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award and the Rolex Series GT championship is not out of the question for these two drivers, as they trail GT series points leaders Andy Lally and Marc Bunting by just eight points in the GT driver standings with more than half of the season remaining.

Close behind Henzler and Liddell are No. 5 Make A Wish/Z-Line Designs/Finlay Motorsports Ford Crawford drivers Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante with 230 points. The duo has six top-10 finishes in its first seven Daytona Prototype races and is looking for its first overall victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 3.

No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Championship Racing Porsche Crawford driver Mike Rockenfeller is one point behind the No. 5 teammates with 229 points to hold down fifth place in the rookie standings. Rockenfeller and co-driver Patrick Long have two Rolex Series overall victories in 2006, winning the Linder Industrial Komatsu Grand Prix of Miami in March and the VIR 400 at Virginia International raceway in April.

No. 12 Lowe's Fernandez Racing Pontiac Riley co-drivers Adrian Fernandez and Mario Haberfeld are sixth with 202 points, followed by No. 74 Rembrandt Charms Porsche GT3 driver Eric Lux with 187 points. No. 89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Casino Pontiac Riley driver Alex Figge is ninth with 185 points, and No. 04 Sigalsport/Motul/GRW.com.mx/enVista/OMP BMW M3 driver Peter MacLeod rounds out the top 10 with 151 points.

Although the Daytona Prototype and GT classes don't fight for overall wins on the track, rookies in both classes are competing for the same honor and $10,000 prize. Points will be awarded in the same manner as they are for the driver, team and manufacturer championships in each class, but points for GT drivers will be earned based on their finishing position in class rather than where they finish overall. As there are 13 GT races and 14 Daytona Prototype events on the 2006 Rolex Series schedule, Daytona Prototype rookies will stop earning points following the penultimate round of the 2006 season at Infineon Raceway.

Eligible drivers must not have competed in more than four Rolex Series races in a single season since 2003 and prior to 2006. The annual winner will be determined by finishing position in the final championship standings, and the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year will be honored at the season-ending Rolex Series awards banquet.

-garra

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mario Haberfeld , Robin Liddell , Andy Lally , Patrick Long , Alex Figge , Marc Bunting , Wolf Henzler , Eric Lux , Rob Finlay