Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series to Join Champ Car World Season Finale in Mexico City DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- Officials from Champ Car World Series, LLC, the Grand American Road Racing Association and race promoters ...
Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series to Join Champ Car World
Season Finale in Mexico City
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 4, 2005) -- Officials from Champ Car World Series, LLC, the Grand American Road Racing Association and race promoters OCESA jointly announced today that the season-ending Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City will be held on Saturday, November 5.
The race will be run on the same weekend as the 2005 Champ Car World Series season finale scheduled for Sunday, November 6 at the 2.786-mile permanent road course. The Rolex Series event--which will likely be run under the series' "sprint race" format--will be the first foray into Mexico for the six-year-old sports car racing organization. The inaugural Rolex Series race in Mexico City was previously scheduled for December 2-4, but the date change to November allows the series close the season within the traditional racing calendar.
"We are delighted that we have reached an agreement with Champ Car and OCESA to be part of what is sure to be an exciting weekend in Mexico City," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We are well aware of the intense passion Mexican fans have for motorsports, and we are eager to witness this first hand as we wind down our 2005 season. As the annual Champ Car weekend in Mexico City has proven to be wildly successful, we feel strongly that it will grow even bigger this year and are honored to be a part of it."
Since 2002, the Champ Car World Series has played to packed grandstands at the historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez circuit, drawing well in excess of 250,000 fans during the race weekend. The addition of the Rolex Series on Saturday will offer major league sports car racing to these fans in Mexico for the first time in decades.
"In today's racing environment, our series has to think outside the box in order grow our loyal fan base and the Champ Car open wheel product appeal," said Champ Car Executive Vice President Joe Chrnelich. "Grand American is a quality organization with an exciting product and we agree with our promoter OCESA, that this combination could be a worthy addition to our weekend. We look forward to working with Grand American and to the potential of growing our relationship in the future."
"We are thrilled," added Rodrigo Gonzalez, Chairman of OCESA. "This is great for all the Mexican fans that love motorsports, to have on the same weekend the best open-wheel championship along with the best sports car series running their season finale. It will create an spectacular event. In OCESA we are committed to producing the best sports and entertainment events, and this joint venture with Champ Cars and Grand American is a great opportunity for all of us."
The 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. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar will 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.