SCC: 2005 schedule announced

Grand-Am Cup Series to Visit New and Different Venues in 2005 Season FONTANA, Calif. (October 30, 2004) -- A visit to the Dominican Republic for the Grand Sport (GS) class, as well as a trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and two voyages into...

Grand-Am Cup Series to Visit New and Different Venues in 2005 Season

FONTANA, Calif. (October 30, 2004) -- A visit to the Dominican Republic for the Grand Sport (GS) class, as well as a trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and two voyages into Canada highlight a markedly different 2005 Grand-Am Cup Series schedule. The 2005 schedule was announced today by Grand American Road Racing Association officials.

"As evidenced by today's announcement, the Grand-Am Cup Series has emerged as a showcase for the latest sports cars and sports sedans that can run alongside the Rolex Sports Car Series or stand on its own," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We're delighted that we will be bringing the Grand Sport cars to Latin America and both classes back to two extremely popular venues in Canada, in addition to a full complement of terrific racing facilities in the United States. The 2005 season is sure to be another exciting year for the Grand-Am Cup Series."

The first stop on the 11-race 2005 tour will see the Grand-Am Cup Series on the historic 3.56-mile road circuit at Daytona International Speedway for a 200-mile race on February 4 during the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona weekend. Next on the calendar will be an overseas trip for the Grand-Am Cup GS machines for a 200-miler in the Dominican Republic capital city of Santo Domingo on the weekend of March 11-13.

The Grand-Am Cup Series links back up with its brethren in the Rolex Sports Car Series for races at California Speedway on April 1-2, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on the weekend of April 29-30, and Watkins Glen International on June 9-12.

The series then heads to Canada for a stand-alone event at historic Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario, on the weekend of June 18-19. The race will mark the return of the Grand-Am Cup Series to the Canadian venue after a one-year absence.

The series rejoins the Rolex Series again at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on July 29-30 before returning to Canada and contesting its final stand-alone race of the season in Trois-Rivieres, Quebec on August 5-7. It will be the first Grand-Am Cup Series appearance in Trois-Rivieres since 2001.

The series makes its return to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of August 26-28, followed by the annual trek to Phoenix International Raceway, which will host the second-to-last race of the season on the weekend of September 8-10. The breathtaking circuit at Virginia International Raceway will host the final round of the 2005 Grand-Am Cup Series on October 7-8.

All 2005 Grand-Am Cup Series races are scheduled for 200 miles, aside from Trois-Rivieres, which will be 150 miles in length. In addition, separate Grand Sport and Sport Touring races are planned for Trois-Rivieres and Phoenix International Raceway. Like the Rolex Sports Car Series, the Grand-Am Cup Series will also participate in the annual "Daytona Test Days" on January 7-9.

Specific information regarding television coverage of the 2005 Grand-Am Cup Series will be announced at a later date, although all 2005 events will once again air in the United States and Canada on SPEED Channel.

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 12-race 2004 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-race Grand-Am Cup calendar 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.

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