DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 16, 2002) - A group of Grand American officials visited Barber Motorsports Park last week to tour the facility and to begin planning for the Rolex Sports Car Series event scheduled for the weekend of May 16-18.
Led by Grand American President Roger Edmondson and Jim France, the group also included Director of Competition Mark Raffauf, Director of Special Projects Dave Watson, Director of Marketing Greg Otte and Director of Communications Patrick Murphy.
The group was shown around the construction site for the Barber Motorcycle Museum by George Barber. Barber Motorsports Park's Jeff Ray and Vickie Abbott with Gene Hallman, President of Bruno Event Team that is promoting the Rolex Series weekend at the track, took the group on a tour of the racetrack and facilities.
"To say that Barber Motorsports Park and the museum are impressive is clearly an understatement," Edmondson commented. "Even before construction is complete, it is clear that this track is a world-class facility. Grand American has been given a very unique and special opportunity to be the first event there. I know that all of our competitors and fans are in for a truly great experience when they get here."
The track is 45 feet wide and offers a tremendous amount of passing area in every turn. "We got into a couple of vans and did several laps around the track," Raffauf noted. "Everybody was getting excited because you could see cars going two to three wide just about everywhere on the track. This track is going to have some really action-packed racing. There's no doubt about it."
"We're looking forward to working with Gene (Hallman) on this event," added Otte. "We have a head start of sorts with Vickie Abbott joining the staff at Barber having worked so well with her last year at VIR. Everyone is optimistic that we can have a great event right from the start."
A two or three-day test session is currently being planned for next March. An official announcement will be made when the dates are firmed.
More information about Grand American Road Racing Association is available at www.grandamerican.com. Information about Barber Motorsports Park is available online at www.barbermuseum.org.