Schedule Increases to 12 Races for Rolex Series, 11 for Grand-Am Cup.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 8, 2002) -- Grand American Road Racing Association announced its 2003 schedules for the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series during a press conference at Daytona International Speedway today. The Rolex Series will run a 12-race schedule next season, while the Grand-Am Cup Series will have 11 races in 2003.
"As Grand American continues to grow, so does our schedule," noted Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "In addition to the wonderful tracks we raced at this season, we have added a new racing venue and will return to another classic road course in 2003."
The Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup will christen the new Barber Motorsports Park during the fourth round of the season, May 16-18. The 2.3-mile, 16-turn road course, currently in the final stages of construction, will bring road racing to the heart of the South with its location only minutes outside of Birmingham, Ala.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the Grand American schedule for the 2003 season. The Barber 250 at the Park and the Barber Park Twin 200's will be the debut of the Barber Motorsports Park to the general public and should prove to be a very special event," Gene Hallman, President & CEO of Bruno Event Team. "We feel that the Barber Motorsports Park is one of the finest road tracks in North America. The future looks extremely bright for Grand American Road Racing, and we are proud to be a part of the experience."
Grand American will also return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic on June 27-29. "We are excited about the return of Grand American Road Racing to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course," said Michelle Trueman Gajoch, President of TrueSports, Inc. "The style of racing that Grand American provides fits well with Mid-Ohio, and we anticipate a great weekend of sports car racing for our fans."
In addition to the two new events added to the schedule, the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup will return to all of the racetracks they it ran at in 2002, starting off the season at Daytona International Speedway with the traditional Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 21 - February 2. Both series will also make stops in South Florida at Homestead-Miami Speedway, with the Rolex Series joining the Indy Racing League, February 28 - March 1. Grand-Am Cup will run at Miami later in the spring, April 12-13.
Phoenix International Raceway will host the third event of the season, with the date of the combined Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup event being moved to May 2-4, to avoid a conflict with the Easter holiday. California Speedway will host the second west coast stop for the two series on June 6-8.
Watkins Glen International will hold two Rolex Series events in 2003, with Grand-Am Cup joining the Rolex Series for the classic Sports Car Grand Prix, June 20-23. The second stop at The Glen, the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 on August 7-8, will be the second of two back-to-back pairings with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. The first will be the classic Paul Revere 250 at Daytona during the Fourth of July weekend.
The Grand-Am Cup Series will make a stop at Mosport International Raceway, outside of Toronto, September 12-14, and then join the Rolex Series in Quebec at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, September 19-21. Competitors of both series will enjoy the early fall weather of the Virginia foothills when they visit Virginia International Raceway, October 3-5.
The 2003 season will wrap-up back in Daytona with the Daytona Finale, October 31-November 2. The event weekend will also feature something for all lovers of sports car racing as Grand American is joined by the Brumos Continental Historic Sports Cars.
The complete Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series schedules are available online at the official Grand American website at www.grandamerican.com.