PaceSetter Program 2007 details announced

Hoosier PaceSetter Program to Include 25 Teams and a Record $810K Bonus Pool in 2007 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 7, 2006) -- Officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association and Hoosier Racing Tire announced earlier this week the ...

Hoosier PaceSetter Program to Include 25 Teams and a Record $810K Bonus Pool in 2007

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 7, 2006) -- Officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association and Hoosier Racing Tire announced earlier this week the expansion of the Hoosier PaceSetter program for the 2007 season of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve, now including the top 15 teams in the Daytona Prototype class and top 10 teams in the GT class that competed in each round of the 2006 season. The record bonus pool will offer $810,000 in available prize money next season.

Introduced in 2004, the Hoosier PaceSetter Program is designed to reward teams for their professionalism and commitment to the Rolex Series. This past season, a total of 19 Rolex Series teams enjoyed Hoosier PaceSetter status, which included designated parking in the paddock, early technical inspection and a prize money bonus pool worth more than $500,000. The expansion of the program in 2007 will offer the same benefits in addition to over $300,000 more in purse money to a maximum of 25 teams.

"The Hoosier PaceSetter program was designed to recognize and reward the top teams in the Rolex Series with a perfect participation record," said Grand American Road Racing President Roger Edmondson. "From its inception, the program has maximized the relationship our organization has with our great partner, Hoosier Racing Tire. Additionally, the perks of the PaceSetter program have provided teams with extra incentive to compete in every round of the Rolex Series season."

Edmondson announced the expansion of the Hoosier PaceSetter program Monday evening at Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas during the 2006 Rolex Series Champions Banquet. The 2006 Daytona Prototype team champion No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley was also recognized at the ceremony as the top Hoosier PaceSetter team, and will have the opportunity to earn $100,000 in bonus money next season.

"The recently completed season was one that included many memorable moments," said Edmondson. "And the fact that so many teams were entered for every race is a true testament to the commitment of the owners, drivers and crew members. As the series continues to grow, it becomes more and more important to acknowledge the competitors not only for their loyalty to participate, but also for their success on the track."

A series of official test sessions will see the Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes and GT cars take to the track in preparation of the 2007 season, including November 6-7 at Daytona International Speedway and December 5-6 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in addition to the traditional Daytona Test Days, January 4-6, 2007. The 2007 race season will kick-off with the 45th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the weekend of January 27-28.

-credit: garra

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chip Ganassi
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