SunTrust, Synergy and Spirit of Daytona Announce 2006 Grand American Plans at PRI Orlando, Fla. (December 2, 2005) -- With preparations for the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season...
SunTrust, Synergy and Spirit of Daytona Announce 2006 Grand American Plans at PRI
Orlando, Fla. (December 2, 2005) -- With preparations for the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season officially getting underway with the Hoosier Tire Test at Homestead-Miami Speedway next Monday and Tuesday, December 6-7, and the green flag dropping for both the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series just seven weeks from now at Daytona International Speedway, three teams used the Performance Racing Industry trade show at the Orange County Convention Center on December 1 to reveal their plans for the upcoming campaign.
NO. 10 PONTIAC RILEY AGREES TO TWO-YEAR EXTENSION WITH SUNTRUST BANK
The defending Daytona Prototype champion No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley announced a two-year extension with SunTrust Bank as its title sponsor, with potential agreements beyond 2008. Winning five races in 2005--including the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona--co-drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli will again pilot the machine in 2006.
"The car, the team and the drivers have exceeded all of our expectations," said Tom Kuntz, Chief Executive Officer of SunTrust Bank, Florida. "We believe that these drivers give us the best chance at winning races and championships, and the entire team represents the bank with the utmost class and professionalism. We look forward to continuing this relationship."
"SunTrust has truly made all of our dreams come true," said Taylor, who is also the car's owner. "When I got back into racing, I always told myself that I wanted to win the Rolex 24 At Daytona and a championship in this series. SunTrust made that possible this year, both in the same season."
SYNERGY RACING SIGNS FRISSELLE BROTHERS TO CO-DRIVE RX.COM DAYTONA PROTOTYPE IN 2006
While the team announced that it was switching to Porsche power for its No. 8 Rx.com/Synergy Racing Doran in October, the team confirmed on Thursday that Burt and Brian Frisselle will once again co-drive the car for the 2006 Rolex Series season.
"I've been extremely pleased with both Burt and Brian since the day we met," said Cole Scrogham, co-owner of Synergy Racing. "From their demeanor in the paddock to their racing potential, having these two young men in the car is great for us."
"Everyone at Synergy Racing and Rx.com has been great to work with this year," said Burt. "We're excited to return next season and race the new Porsche-powered machine."
The duo combined for three top-10 finishes in 2005, with a best result of seventh in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in August. Burt led a total of 27 laps--nine at Homestead-Miami Speedway and 18 at California Speedway--while Brian led three laps in the CompUSA 200 at The Glen.
SPIRIT OF DAYTONA UNVEILS PONTIAC GTO FOR GRAND-AM CUP COMPETITION
Following the announcement of a brand-new Pontiac GTO for competition in the Grand-Am Cup Series in 2006, Spirit of Daytona Racing officially unveiled the car Thursday at the Crane Cams booth at the PRI trade show. Crane Cams will be the official sponsor of the car.
"Spirit of Daytona and Crane Cams is a perfect marriage," said Troy Flis, President of Spirit of Daytona Racing. "We are very fortunate to use their name on our car, and they've given us an ideal opportunity to develop a team in the Grand-Am Cup Series. We look forward to using this opportunity to provide drivers with world-class sports car experience, with the hope of competing in the Rolex Series in the future."
"With this partnership, we can provide the team with research and development for the program and Troy will be able to put our products to the test," said Roger Wilson, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Crane Cams. "We are looking forward to supporting and competing with the GTO in all of 2006 and are expecting a successful season."
The car, which will be on display throughout the three-day event, will begin testing on Wednesday, December 8.
In addition to the Spirit of Daytona Pontiac GTO, several other Grand American Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series cars are on display this weekend at the PRI trade show. In the Grand American Road Racing Association booth, the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Fabcar and the No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R show cars are on display.
The No. 20 CITGO-Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford show car is on display in the CITGO booth, the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford is located in the MoTeC booth and the No. 80 Synergy Racing Porsche GT3 Cup is on display in the CDOC booth.
Additionally, Blackforest Motorsports is displaying one of its Ford Mustangs in the Jongbloed Racing Wheels display, and the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 is located in the Sparco display.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve and the Grand-Am Cup Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 14-race 2006 Rolex Series schedule and the 10-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.