SCC: Grand Am GT, Cup teams to return to Lime Rock 2006

Rolex Sports Car Series GT Racing Returns to Lime Rock Park in 2006 Memorial Day Weekend Event to Include Grand-Am Cup Series LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 28, 2005) -- Officials from Lime Rock Park and the Grand American Road Racing Association...

Rolex Sports Car Series GT Racing Returns to Lime Rock Park in 2006
Memorial Day Weekend Event to Include Grand-Am Cup Series

LAKEVILLE, Conn. (May 28, 2005) -- Officials from Lime Rock Park and the Grand American Road Racing Association today announced that Grand American will bring world-class, production-based sports car racing back to the historic circuit with a Rolex Sports Car Series GT event slated for Memorial Day weekend in 2006.

"This is a very significant development for Lime Rock Park and our fans," Lime Rock Park President Skip Barber said. "Our fans have always embraced production-based sports car racing and on Memorial Day weekend in 2006 we are offering a race card that not only pays homage to Lime Rock's heritage, but one that also reflects what our fans tell us they want to see.

"When we surveyed our fans over this past winter this series was right at the top of their wish list for new events at Lime Rock Park. It turns out that our fans, who are drawn from the largest automotive market in America, are very knowledgeable about cars. And they like to see the cars they drive to the races competing on the track, too. That's exactly what we're bringing to them with the Grand American Rolex Series GT class."

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series GT class will bring the most diverse lineup of cars, models and manufacturers offered in sports car racing to Lime Rock on May 26-29, 2006. The Rolex Series GT class features top-end production and GT models such as the Porsche GT3, BMW M3, Corvette Z06, Pontiac GTO, Maserati Trofeo and Ferrari 360 Challenge.

The weekend will also include the fast-growing Grand-Am Cup Series with its two ultra-competitive classes of race cars, Grand Sport and Sport Touring. The Grand-Am Cup Series is one of the premier proving grounds for many of today's automotive manufacturers and showcases production cars with minimal racing modifications to enhance performance. Cars in the Grand-Am Cup Series include popular sports and muscle cars, such as the BMW M3, Cadillac CTS-V, Ford Mustang and Porsche 996, as well as race-bred imports such as the Mazda RX-8, Acura RSX-S and the Mini Cooper S.

Race distances for Lime Rock haven't been finalized, but both the Rolex Series GT and Grand-Am Cup Series routinely compete in endurance races of 200 miles or longer. The 2006 event will be the first Rolex Series race at Lime Rock Park since 2001, and will be the first-ever Grand-Am Cup Series visit to the venerable road circuit.

The lineage of production sports car racing at Lime Rock Park dates back to the track's early days. It began with the heyday of Trans-Am in the 1960s and early 1970s and continued on through the emergence of Camel GT racing in the 1970s and into the 1980s. Other series came and went, but no matter what it was called the affection for this form of racing remained constant and unwavering.

"Lime Rock Park has a rich history, particularly on Memorial Day weekend, and we are thrilled to return in 2006 with the Rolex Series GT class and the Grand-Am Cup Series," said Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson. "Lime Rock Park is truly hallowed ground in American sports car racing.

"The fans are extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about GT racing, and we are confident that they will not see a more competitive or exciting brand of production-based sports car racing next year than what we have to offer in the Rolex Series GT class. Likewise, the Grand-Am Cup Series features extremely full fields and great competition to complete an outstanding weekend of racing."

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.

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