2005 pre-season test dates announced

2005 Rolex Series Test Dates Set for Homestead-Miami and Daytona International Hoosier Tires Introduced in Miami; New Infield Unveiled at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 31, 2004) -- As a preview for what is expected to be a watershed year...

2005 Rolex Series Test Dates Set for Homestead-Miami and Daytona International

Hoosier Tires Introduced in Miami; New Infield Unveiled at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 31, 2004) -- As a preview for what is expected to be a watershed year for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Grand American officials today announced testing dates for late 2004 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the traditional January Test Days at Daytona International Speedway in early 2005.

Leading off the preseason testing program and serving as the official launch of the Hoosier Tire era in the Rolex Sports Car Series will be three days of Daytona Prototype and GT testing at Homestead-Miami from November 30 to December 2. Any 2004 or 2005 registered car will be eligible to participate in the sessions, which are scheduled to begin on the afternoon of November 30.

In keeping with Rolex Sports Car Series tradition, driving talent from around the world will take their Daytona Prototype and GT cars through their testing paces at the famed Daytona International Speedway early in the new year with tests on the 3.56-mile speedway road course slated for January 7-9, 2005. The Daytona tests will take on added significance in 2005, as they will provide the first glimpse at the multi-million dollar renovations throughout the infield of the "World Center of Racing."

The Daytona test sessions are expected to include regular standouts from the Rolex Sports Car Series as well as racing superstars from other series including the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series and the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series. Both the Homestead-Miami and Daytona test sessions will be aimed at preparing Rolex Series competitors for the 2005 season, which begins with the Rolex 24 At Daytona on February 5-6, 2005.

"While 2004 has been a wonderful year for the Rolex Sports Car Series, we believe the best the series has to offer is still to come," said Grand American Road Racing Association President Roger Edmondson. "These test sessions will allow our new and existing Daytona Prototype teams to refine their equipment, and coupled with the new tire program from Hoosier, I expect that the Daytona Prototype competition will be even tougher next season. Likewise, these tests will give GT teams ample opportunities to adapt to the new class rules for 2005. As the Daytona Prototype category has spawned a new era of competition in prototype racing, I expect the new rules to have a similar effect on GT racing next year."

Fans will be welcome at both tests, as the club level grandstands on the front straightaway and the Homestead-Miami Speedway infield will be open to the public, as willl the Oldfield Grandstand at Daytona International Speedway. Admission to both test sessions is free.

The Miami 250 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will feature a fierce battle among Daytona Prototype, GT and SGS drivers and teams as they make their final push toward their respective championships on Sunday, September 12. The Miami 250 weekend also includes Round 7 of the hotly-contested, 10-race 2004 Grand-Am Cup Series, ¡El Combate de Velocidiad! on Saturday, September 11. Tickets for both events at Homestead-Miami Speedway are available by calling (866) 409-RACE, (305) 230-RACE or by visiting www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com.

Tickets are also now on sale for the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona by calling 1-800-PITSHOP, (386) 253-7223 or by visiting www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

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