Grand American Drivers Nominated for 2005 AARWBA All-America Honors DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 28, 2005) -- Three pairs of Grand American Road Racing Association drivers have been nominated for 2005 American Auto Racing Writers and...
Grand American Drivers Nominated for 2005 AARWBA All-America Honors
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (October 28, 2005) -- Three pairs of Grand American Road Racing Association drivers have been nominated for 2005 American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America consideration for their achievements in both the Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup Series.
Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor, co-drivers of the No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley and co-leaders in the Daytona Prototype point standings, have been nominated in the "Road Racing" category of the ballot. Angelelli and Taylor have claimed five victories in 2005 and carry a 32-point championship lead heading into the Rolex Series finale at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City (November 5, Live on SPEED Channel).
Also nominated in the "Road Racing" category are co-pilots of the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz. The duo has three wins and seven podium finishes in 13 races this season. Pruett, the 2004 Daytona Prototype co-champion, was selected as an All-American last season, and was joined on the 2004 All-America first team by teammate and co-champion Max Papis and GT class champion Bill Auberlen.
On the heels of a second-consecutive Grand-Am Cup Sport Touring (ST) class team title, No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 co-drivers Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell were nominated in the "At Large" category, after claiming five class wins in 10 races this season. Haskell is the two-time defending ST champion. Other nominees in the "At Large" category include Rolex Series regulars Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long, who were nominated for accomplishments in other series.
The ballot includes drivers from seven different motorsports categories, including: open wheel, stock car, road racing, drag racing, short track, Touring Series and at large. There are 28 drivers on the ballot who could be first-time All-Americans.
The annual vote is conducted among the membership of AARWBA. Two nominees from each category will be named to the first team, to be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet Dec. 3 in Indianapolis. The winner of the Jerry Titus Award will also be announced at the banquet. The Titus Award honors the auto racing's top driver (earning the most votes in the balloting regardless of category). In the case of Grand American nominees -- as well as other endurance drivers -- teammates sharing the same car are nominated as a single entity.
The balloting will also determine a second team of the drivers placing third and fourth in each category, and honorable mentions to all other drivers receiving at least five percent of the vote. AARWBA members have been choosing an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970.
The banquet, which also concludes AARWBA's 50th anniversary, is open to the public. Ticket information is available by calling (818) 842-7005.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2005 Rolex Series schedule and the 11-race Grand-Am Cup calendar deliver professional sports car racing to 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.