Series announces 2009 schedule

Endurance Race in Mexico City, Season Finale at Miami Among Highlights on 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series Schedule 13-race schedule begins Jan. 24 with 47th running of Rolex 24 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2008) - A featured endurance race...

Endurance Race in Mexico City, Season Finale at Miami Among Highlights on 2009 Grand-Am Rolex Series Schedule
13-race schedule begins Jan. 24 with 47th running of Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 9, 2008) - A featured endurance race in Mexico City and a new home in South Florida for the season finale join the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona as highlights on the 2009 schedule for the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.

The 2009 schedule will feature 13 weekends of competition, all of them combined events for the Daytona Prototype and GT classes. The Rolex Series will return to all of its 2008 venues with the exception of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The series will feature three endurance races in addition to 10 sprint events of approximately 250 miles. Once again, the Rolex Series will run twice with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

The season will begin and end in Florida. The 10th season of Grand-Am Road Racing competition gets underway Jan. 24-25 at Daytona International Speedway with the 47th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, America's Race of Champions. The Rolex Series champions will be crowned Oct. 10 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in a weekend also feature the final event of the IndyCar Series.

Competitors will return once again to Mexico City, where the Rolex Series will run as the feature event at historic Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. The date is yet to be determined, with the distance tentatively set at 1,000 kilometers or six hours.

The other major alterations to the schedule are moving the New Jersey Motorsports Park event from Labor Day to May 3, and changing the race at Miller Motorsports Park from seven hours to 250 miles.

Following the Mexico City race, the Rolex Series returns to Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., for the April 26 Bosch 250, then travels to Millville, N.J. for the May 3 Supercar Life 250 at Thunderbolt Raceway in the only back-to-back weekends on the schedule.

The series travels to Monterey, Calif., for the May 17 event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be Saturday, June 6, at Watkins Glen International, and will be followed by the June 20 EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Rolex Series will share Daytona International Speedway with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Thursday, July 3, with the Brumos Porsche 250 running under the lights. The seventh annual Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant will be held July 19 at Barber Motorsports Park, and will be followed by another combination race with the Sprint Cup Series, the Saturday, Aug. 8, race at Watkins Glen International.

The Rolex Series competes in its second international event of the season Aug. 30 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. It then races Sept. 20 at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah, prior to ending the campaign in metropolitan Miami.

Grand-Am will announce its television package to televise all of its 2009 races in the near future.

Grand-Am Road Racing, which operates and sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the KONI Challenge Series, is the premier road racing organization in North America. The 13-race Rolex Series 2009 schedule and the 12-race KONI Challenge Series 2009 calendar delivers professional sports car racing to key markets throughout North America in addition to being televised in the United States and Canada on SPEED and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Cask No. 16, the Rolex 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-Am at www.grand-am.com.

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