Daytona 24: Pontiac preview

Pontiac Ready to Continue Success in Rolex Series Accomplishments of last year motivate manufacturer to expand efforts for 2005 DETROIT -- After a successful return in last year's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Pontiac again looks ...

Pontiac Ready to Continue Success in Rolex Series
Accomplishments of last year motivate manufacturer to expand efforts for 2005

DETROIT -- After a successful return in last year's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, Pontiac again looks forward to a winning season in 2005. In addition to fielding 12 Daytona Prototype cars in the 24 Hours of Daytona on February 5, Pontiac will support multiple racing teams throughout the season and also introduce two production-based GTO.R race cars in the GT class of the series in late June.

Pontiac-powered teams won seven of 12 races last year, their first year of competition in the Daytona Prototype class of Grand American, and also captured the engine manufacturers' championship.

"We're committed to a successful 2005 season in both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes," said Steve Sitek, brand promotional manager for Pontiac. "Pontiac's involvement in Grand American is continuing to grow and it will only improve our chances to have another winning season. It will also give us the opportunity to further demonstrate the performance and durability of the Pontiac production powerplants."

At the core of the Pontiac powered race cars is the LS6 5.0 liter V8 engine that is built and tuned by various engine builders within the limits of Grand American regulations.

"The Pontiac engine is light and compact, and has a lower center of gravity than other units," said Max Crawford, chassis builder and crew chief of Howard-Boss Motorsports. "They've proven to be very reliable over the course of last season and have given us good fuel economy as well. We're very happy to be involved with Pontiac and feel another great race season is ahead for us."

Pontiac also has a deep and talented driver lineup for 2005, in particular, for the 24 Hours of Daytona. In addition to the accomplished full-time Pontiac drivers who compete in the entire Rolex Series, NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, and the Labonte brothers will compete along with road racing regulars and the occasional IndyCar drivers, namely Dario Franchitti, Dan Wheldon and last year's Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GM's global headquarters is at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM and its products can be found on the company's consumer website at www.gm.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Tony Stewart , Dario Franchitti , Jimmie Johnson , Dan Wheldon , Buddy Rice , Max Crawford