Pontiac, GMC Named Official Vehicles for Grand Am Rolex Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Pontiac and GMC will become the Official Car and Truck brands of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series for 2005, pacing races throughout the upcoming ...
Pontiac, GMC Named Official Vehicles for Grand Am Rolex Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Pontiac and GMC will become the Official Car and Truck brands of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car series for 2005, pacing races throughout the upcoming season and serving as service and emergency vehicles.
"Since Pontiac's return to road racing last year, we've expanded our efforts significantly and we're still moving forward," said Steve Sitek, brand promotional manager for Pontiac. "With almost half of the Daytona Prototype race cars on the grid in the 24 Hours of Daytona powered by Pontiac engines and the upcoming GTO.R debut in the GT class, we feel that serving Official Car duties will be the natural course of action to demonstrate our intent for success in this series. For support vehicles, the uncompromising quality and strong performance of GMC trucks makes them a great choice as Official Truck."
Pontiac entered the Rolex Series last year and made an immediate impression by winning the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as the manufacturers' championship. This year, Pontiac engines will power 12 of the 29 Daytona Prototype race cars that face off February 5th in the 24-hour endurance race. Two Pontiac GTO.R race cars will also enter the GT class of the series in June.
Two 2005 Pontiac GTOs will pace the Rolex 24 as well as several other races this year. The pace cars feature 18-inch wheels, hood scoops (new on this year's production model) and all the required lights and safety equipment fit for pace car duties. The cars are powered by Pontiac's 400 horsepower LS2 6.0 liter V8, which is the same base engine that is used in the upcoming GTO.R. Daytona Prototype cars sporting the Pontiac name and logo all use this same block as well, as it is lightweight, durable and relatively inexpensive.
"We're proud to have Pontiac and GMC truck as the Official Vehicles for 2005," said Roger Edmondson, president of Grand American Road Racing. "The performance, quality, and--most important--safety, represented in those brands are all assets Grand American wants to portray. We're looking forward to a great season and a great relationship with Pontiac and GMC."
The 24 Hours of Daytona will take place on the newly renovated infield course of the Daytona International Speedway. The race features top drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar, road racing and other international racing series, and will start on Saturday, February 5 at noon.
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