Series NJMP contingency award news 2010-07-07

$45,000 IN PIRELLI P ZERO BONUS AWARDS ON THE LINE IN NJMP 250 New Jersey Circuit Has History Of First-Time GRAND-AM Winners DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2010) - With a combined $45,000 in Pirelli P Zero Bonus awards available in the next event...

$45,000 IN PIRELLI P ZERO BONUS AWARDS ON THE LINE IN NJMP 250
New Jersey Circuit Has History Of First-Time GRAND-AM Winners

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 7, 2010) - With a combined $45,000 in Pirelli P Zero Bonus awards available in the next event on the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 schedule, competitors hope that New Jersey Motorsports Park will continue to reward first-time winners.

The July 18 NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal will be the Rolex Series' third visit to the Millville, N.J., complex. Over the past two years, the Daytona Prototype and GT winners scored their first victories of the season at the 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway, which could make them eligible to win the prize posted by Pirelli Tire North America.

Teams finishing in the top 10 in the 2009 DP and GT standings are eligible for the Pirelli P Zero Club in 2010. When an eligible team wins its first race of the season in either class, it earns a $5,000 bonus. If the team has already won, the prize rolls over to the next event - with all members eligible for the prize in the Sept. 11 season finale at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Club P Zero Bonus is $20,000 for Daytona Prototype and $25,000 for GT at the New Jersey event. In 2008, Ozz Negri and Mark Patterson claimed their first victory of the season in DP, with Andy Lally and Tim George Jr. winning for the first time in GT. Last year saw Nic Jonsson and Ricardo Zonta give the Proto-Auto Ford Lola its first DP triumph, with Leh Keen and Dirk Werner taking their first victory in an eventual run to the GT championship.

"The additional Pirelli P Zero Bonus money brings additional excitement to an already exciting event," said Kevin Hindson, GRAND-AM Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "A team can earn a major windfall through the 'rollover' feature of the program, and New Jersey has a history of close racing and exciting finishes."

Practice for the NJMP 250 begins Friday morning, July 16, with qualifying set for Saturday at 1 p.m. ET (SPEED.com, live). The race takes the green flag Sunday at 1 p.m. ET (SPEED, live).

-source: grand-am

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