A peek at 2005 before Watkins Glen race

Grand American Road Racing Association took advantage of the lull in today's pre-race commencement while the Watkins Glen International road circuits's crews were out drying off the track and repairing the areas where seepage problems canceled the...

Grand American Road Racing Association took advantage of the lull in today's pre-race commencement while the Watkins Glen International road circuits's crews were out drying off the track and repairing the areas where seepage problems canceled the NASCAR Cup practice and qualifying.

Saturday's two-hour endurance race for the Grand-Am Rolex Series is set to take the green flag at approximately 6:30 p.m. (EDT).

Saturday pre-race notes:

Grand-Am announced Friday that it has signed a three-year deal that will make Hoosier Tires, the world's largest supplier of race tires, the official tire of Grand-Am. The deal will begin in 2005. "After visiting the Hoosier plant in Indiana, I am thoroughly pleased with Hoosier's quality and procedures," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmondson.

Under the agreement, Hoosier will participate in a number of marketing programs that will reward competitors and attempt to boost the appeal of the series. Some teams have already tested the new tires, and the rest of the teams will have the opportunity to do so later this week at the Glen and in November at the Homestead Miami Speedway. Hoosier will also become the title sponsor the Rolex Series Pacesetter Program, which provides more than half a million dollars to the series' top 15 teams.

In other news, expect next year's Rolex Sports Car Series schedule to look similar to this year's in terms of the number of races. However, some dates may change as the series tries to even out gaps in the schedule. In addition, there is also a possibility that races in Puerto Rico or Mexico may find their way on to the 2005 schedule. The series may also offer testing on a limited basis.

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