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New Jersey Motorsports Park Prepares To Open 2009 Season With Verizon Wireless 250; Grand-Am Rolex Series Returns to Millville, N.J. May 1-3 Millville, N.J. (April 20, 2009) - In last year's inaugural season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, ...

New Jersey Motorsports Park Prepares To Open 2009 Season With Verizon Wireless 250; Grand-Am Rolex Series Returns to Millville, N.J. May 1-3

Millville, N.J. (April 20, 2009) - In last year's inaugural season at New Jersey Motorsports Park, everything was a "first". The May 1-3 Verizon Wireless 250 presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 marks one of the first "seconds" in the Park's history - the return of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.

Top Rolex Series drivers are looking forward to their return to the Millville, N.J. facility for Round 3 of 12 on the Series schedule. Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson (the defending race winners), David Donohue, Scott Pruett, Alex Gurney, Andy Lally and Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey are among the Rolex Series stars making a second trip to New Jersey Motorsports Park.

"We are very optimistic about going back to New Jersey Motorsports Park -- you always love a track where you have won!" Negri said. "I'm impressed that the track has continued to make improvements and I'm looking forward to getting back there again -- hopefully to the exact same spot as we were in last year."

Rolex 24 At Daytona champion Donohue, a native of New Jersey and a regular at New Jersey Motorsports Park, wants to see the facility improvements from behind the wheel of his No. 58 Brumos Porsche Riley Daytona Prototype.

"I'm looking forward to racing there again," Donohue said. "It's a bit of a challenge, because we were there in late summer of last year and they were still grading in July. Now, with the schedule change, we're going back in early spring. They've done a lot of work, a lot of new curbing, pit exit and entry are being upgraded."

In addition to the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototypes and GT class, the weekend also hosts the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge, SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring classes, and the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge.

Tickets are available at www.njmp.com. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all events at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

-credit: njmp

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Scott Pruett , Andy Lally , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Patrick Dempsey