DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 31, 2003) -- When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series roars into Watkins Glen International next week, many Winston Cup fans will get their first look at the series and its new Daytona Prototypes. With the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 following NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying for the SIRIUS at The Glen on August 8, Rolex Series drivers plan on giving NASCAR fans plenty of edge-of-your-seat racing to enjoy.
Rolex Series drivers are looking forward to their second event of the season with the Winston Cup Series. "It's a great opportunity for the sport of endurance racing to be in front of the Winston Cup crowd," said G&W Motorsports #8 BMW Daytona Prototype driver Darren Law, who will partner with NASCAR driver Geoffrey Bodine for the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. "It gives us a chance to expand our fan base and get some exposure."
Although the multi-class structure of the Rolex Series might be new to some fans, drivers are confident they will put on a show any race fan would enjoy. "I think regardless of the style of racing, the Winston Cup fans are pure race enthusiasts. I think its great to expose them to our kind of racing, and they love seeing what it's all about. Their hearts are with Winston Cup, but they appreciate us fighting just as hard for position," said Ferrari of Washington driver Cort Wagner, who currently leads the GT point standings.
Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang driver Tommy Riggins agreed. "A true race fan can watch any form of racing and enjoy it to some degree. All race fans have a preference, and the Winston Cup fans are devoted to the Winston Cup style. But a true race fan can watch and appreciate anything."
"The Winston Cup fans are as big of race fans as you can get in the world, and since they are already fans, we aren't trying to convert them, but instead just trying to expand their interests in motorsports," noted Daytona Prototype points leader Mike Borkowski. "It's easier to convince a race fan than someone who just likes baseball."
Many fans of Winston Cup racing have come to expect bumper-to-bumper action and dramatic finishes, and they should not be disappointed with the Rolex Series race. "This season we've had many Winston Cup-style finishes that those fans are accustomed to. With the Daytona Prototypes and the GT cars mixed in, we've been able to have Winston Cup-style excitement all the way to the checkered flag," added Riggins.
Practice and qualifying for the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 will be held on Thursday, August 7. The race will begin following Winston Cup qualifying for the SIRIUS at The Glen on Friday, August 8. Tickets to the Bully Hill Vineyards 250, as well as the entire NASCAR Winston Cup SIRIUS at The Glen event weekend, are available online at www.theglen.com.
Additional information on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is available at www.grandamerican.com.