2004 Banquet date, location announced

2004 Rolex Sports Car Series Champions To Be Honored At Caesars DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 15, 2004) -- Further demonstrating the remarkable growth of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Grand American Road Racing Association officials today ...

2004 Rolex Sports Car Series Champions To Be Honored At Caesars

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 15, 2004) -- Further demonstrating the remarkable growth of the Rolex Sports Car Series, Grand American Road Racing Association officials today announced that the 2004 Rolex Champions Banquet will be held at the world-renowned Caesars Palace in Las Vegas on Monday, November 1. The evening will honor the top drivers, teams and manufacturers from the 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series season.

Scheduled for the day after the Lexus Champions Weekend at California Speedway, the 2004 Rolex Champions Banquet marks the first time in series history that the season-ending banquet will be showcased in a stand-alone event at a world-recognized destination. The best-known casino resort in the world, Caesars Palace is a Las Vegas institution that recaptures the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome in a resort that continues to set the standard for excitement and luxury.

"Honoring our Rolex Series champions at Caesars Palace is a natural progression as our series continues to grow," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "Many of our teams and sponsors inquired about the possibility of having a showcase event in an exciting destination to celebrate our season, and we are pleased that the opportunity to do so presented itself this year. Las Vegas is the perfect location for our drivers, teams and sponsors to celebrate a watershed year in the history of our series."

The evening begins with a champagne reception at 6 p.m. followed by a sit-down dinner at 7 p.m. Awards honoring the top drivers, teams and manufacturers in all three Rolex Series classes will be presented throughout the evening. All competitors and race fans are invited to attend, with individual tickets available for purchase at $150 each and tables of 10 at $1,000 each. Business attire will be appropriate for the banquet.

Rolex Series fans will also have the opportunity to be part of the festivities by voting for their favorite Rolex Moment of the Year on Grand American's official Web site, www.grandamerican.com, later this season. The winning moment will be announced during the evening.

Grand American has reserved a limited number of rooms at the hotel for Sunday, October 31 and Monday, November 1, and those interested are encouraged to book early. To reserve rooms, please call 1-800-634-6661 and ask to be put under the Grand American Group Block. The group code reference is SCGAR4.

For tickets and more information on the banquet, contact Cathy Marshall in the Grand American offices at (386) 947-6681 or via e-mail to cmarshall@grandamerican.com. Information regarding the Grand-Am Cup Series season-ending awards celebration will be announced in the near future.

Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace is an architectural marvel among resorts known for their originality and beauty, with 2,400 elegant hotel guest rooms and suites, 19 diverse restaurants and cafes, 4.5-acre Garden of the Gods Pool Oasis, world-class health spa and beauty salon, alluring shopping destinations, five late-night lounges, indoor and garden wedding facilities, 160,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space and the 4,100-seat Colosseum theatre, which spotlights a roster of top-tier talent that includes Celine Dion and Elton John.

Grand American Road Racing Association, which sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is one of the fastest growing motorsports organizations in the United States. Established in 1999, Grand American's stated goal is to bring stability to professional sports car road racing in North America. The 12-race 2004 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to many 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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