Rolex Series cars to be displayed at Daytona USA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 30, 2001) -- Two of the premier race cars from the Rolex Sports Car Series will be on display at DAYTONA USA beginning this weekend. The ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 30, 2001) -- Two of the premier race cars from the Rolex Sports Car Series will be on display at DAYTONA USA beginning this weekend. The #6 Serta Mattress Ford-powered Riley & Scott and #5 BASF/HCI/Yokohama Saleen S7R will take their places inside DAYTONA USA this weekend and remain on display until Monday, Sept. 10, when they will move from the showroom to the racetrack to race in the Grand-Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway, Sept. 14-16.

The #6 Serta Ford Riley & Scott will arrive at DAYTONA USA this Saturday, Sept. 1. The car is campaigned by Orlando-based Miracle Motorsports, whose best finish came earlier this month at Watkins Glen International where it captured fourth-place overall. The #6 Serta car has been driven this season by team owner John Macaluso (Winter Haven, Fla.), Brent Sherman (North Barrington, Ill.) and Ross Bentley (White Rock, British Columbia) in the SportsRacing Prototype (SRP) class.

The SRP class is the premier class of the Rolex Series, showcasing purebred race cars. SRP designs include low silhouettes, open cockpits, mid-engine chassis, high rear wings, and state-of-the-art components like carbon fiber bodywork and onboard electronic telemetry. In SRP racing, the car's chassis is married to one of several racing engines. The #6 Serta car combines a powerful Ford engine with a Riley & Scott chassis. Other chassis builders in the class include Ferrari, Kudzu, Lola and Norma, with engine makers BMW, Chevrolet, Judd and Mazda also competing.

The #5 BASF/HCI/Yokohama Saleen S7R will begin its appearance at DAYTONA USA on Sunday, Sept. 2. The newest Saleen model has raced this season in the GTS class as a cooperative effort between Park Place Racing, Fordahl Motorsports and Team Saleen. In its debut season, the Saleen has had a stellar run in the Rolex Series that has included six GTS victories in eight races.

The GTS (Grand Touring Super) class is the most powerful of the Rolex Series' three GT classes. The Saleen S7R competes against V8-powered Corvettes, turbocharged Porsches and V10 Vipers in the class.

Drivers Chris Bingham (Kirkland, Wash.) and Ron Johnson (Laguna Beach, Calif.) have shared driving duties in the blue-and-white Saleen this season. Bingham currently leads the GTS driver standings, while teammate Johnson is 29 points behind in second place. Bingham hopes to clinch his first championship during the Rolex Series three-hour race at the Grand-Am Finale, Sept. 16.

Race fans can visit DAYTONA USA, 'The Ultimate Motorsports Attraction', to get an up-close look at both the Serta Ford Riley & Scott and Saleen S7R before they take to the track at Daytona International Speedway for their final Rolex Series race of the season. Tickets for admission into DAYTONA USA may be purchased online at www.daytonausa.com or at the door.

Three-day Super Tickets are also available for the Grand-Am Finale and include infield, paddock, garage and unreserved grandstand admission, as well as car parking for all three days. Tickets are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 386-253-RACE (7223).

Additional information about the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand American Road Racing can be found online at www.grand-am.com.

-GrandAm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Brent Sherman , John Macaluso , Ross Bentley , Ron Johnson