SCC: NJ Motorsports Park news 2008-08-25

New Jersey Motorsports Park Hosts Full Schedule of Races Featuring Officials and staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park are gearing up for their biggest spectator event to date, featuring the Super Car Life 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series....

New Jersey Motorsports Park Hosts Full Schedule of Races Featuring

Officials and staff at New Jersey Motorsports Park are gearing up for their biggest spectator event to date, featuring the Super Car Life 250 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. The track will play host to six races over the weekend, spanning the Grand-Am Rolex, KONI Challenge, Ford Mustang Challenge, Skip Barber, Ferrari Challenge and MOTO-ST Series.

More than 300 drivers and riders are expected to participate.

The marquee Rolex Sports Car Series features two classes of cars that compete on track at the same time; the larger, more powerful Daytona Prototype cars and production-based GT cars, both of which require teams of at least two drivers. The Rolex Series race, held on Sunday, August 31, will run for either 250 miles or 2 ¾ hours, whichever comes first. The Rolex Series is home to many notable teams and drivers, including Chip Ganassi Racing and former Formula One and IndyCar drivers, superstars like Scott Pruett and famous racing sons David Donohue and Alex Gurney.

The KONI Challenge Series also features two classes of cars and more than 100 cars in an average race. Sunday's KONI Challenge race will run 2 ½ hours or 250 miles, whichever comes first.

Juggling the logistical needs of 6 series and their requisite hundreds of team members is a heady task, but NJMP Development Project Manager and Principal Joe Savaro says his team is prepared. "We've been working non-stop for the last year to build a facility capable of hosting both NJMP Driver's Club members and track rental traffic, but also marquee events like the SuperCar Life 250. We've been open for business since early July and feel that our staff -- everyone from the security and concessions folks to the Millville Rescue Squad and corporate partners -- is ready to handle our first 'major' spectator event. It's going to be an exciting weekend of work for all of us, and we're thrilled to deliver a world class professional Motorsports event. Personally, I can't wait to see the Daytona Prototypes on Thunderbolt Raceway, that will definitely be a milestone moment for us!"

Local Teams, Local Drivers

The New York/New Jersey/Philadelphia region is home to several drivers in the Rolex Sports Car Series, as well as several of the teams, including:

Jim Lowe, JLowe Racing, Bryn Mawr, PA
David Donohue, Brumos Porsche, Malvern, PA.
Mark Patterson, Michael Shank Racing, Bronxville, NY
Jerome Jacalone, Gotham Competition, New York, N.Y.
Tim George Jr,, TRG, New York, N.Y.
Andy Lally, TRG, Northport, N.Y.
Bryce Miller, Farnbacher Loles Racing, Summit, N.J.

-credit: www.njmp.com

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Series Other bike , Grand-Am , NASCAR Canada , Road racing
Drivers Alex Gurney , Scott Pruett , Andy Lally , David Donohue , Skip Barber , Chip Ganassi , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank , Jim Lowe , Jerome Jacalone , Bryce Miller
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing