2006 Grand-Am Cup Series Schedule Finalized 10-Race Season Highlighted by 12-Hour VIR Finale DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 23, 2005) -- Following the initial schedule announcement on October 9, Grand American Road Racing Association announced...
2006 Grand-Am Cup Series Schedule Finalized
10-Race Season Highlighted by 12-Hour VIR Finale
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (November 23, 2005) -- Following the initial schedule announcement on October 9, Grand American Road Racing Association announced today that it has finalized the 2006 Grand-Am Cup Series schedule. Virginia International Raceway will host two rounds during the sixth season of the popular, production-based series, and Grand-Am Cup will once again be featured in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres in a season that will also see the series run eight events in conjunction with the Rolex Sports Car Series.
The final addition to the 10-race 2006 season has been scheduled for April 22-23 at Virginia International Raceway, alongside the Rolex Series. It will be the second race of the season for the Grand-Am Cup Series, and the series will utilize the same 3.27-mile Long Course at VIR that the Rolex Series will use.
The originally-released schedule was highlighted by a season-ending endurance race at Virginia International Raceway, October 7-8 on the 2.25-mile North Course. Grand American officials have determined the race's length will be 12 hours in 2006, with the possibility of expanding the event to 24 hours in the future. The other nine races will be 200 miles in length and have a two-and-a-half-hour time limit.
"It is our feeling that every racing series needs a marquee event," Grand American Road Racing President Roger Edmondson said. "We believe that the 12-hour finale at Virginia International Raceway will be embraced by fans and competitors alike, and could become the signature event of the Grand-Am Cup Series. VIR is the perfect venue for these world-class drivers and teams, and by coming at season's end, the race will most certainly have championship implications."
The Grand-Am Cup Series, which enjoyed ground-breaking success in 2005, will start the 2006 season at Daytona International Speedway January 26-29, coinciding with the 44th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Also included on the schedule are return trips to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca (May 6-7), Phoenix International Raceway (May 13-14), Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (June 24-25), Barber Motorsports Park (July 29-30) and Le Circuit de Trois-Rivieres (August 5-6).
The Grand-Am Cup Series has added two new venues to its 2006 schedule, May 27-28 at Lime Rock Park and September 2-3 at the brand-new Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA, the Rolex Sports Car Series showcases emerging and legendary drivers from around the globe and thoroughbred racing machines from the industry's leading constructors and the world's top automobile manufacturers. Learn more about Grand American at www.grandamerican.com.