MESCO Building Solutions to Sponsor New Rolex Series Rookie of the Year Program MONTEREY, Calif. (May 6, 2006) -- For the first time in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve history, 2006 newcomers to...
MESCO Building Solutions to Sponsor New Rolex Series Rookie of the Year Program
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 6, 2006) -- For the first time in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve history, 2006 newcomers to Daytona Prototype and GT competition will compete for a $10,000 prize and the distinction of being the "MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year."
Officials from the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Texas-based MESCO Building Solutions announced today at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that the two companies have joined forces to create the first "Rookie of the Year" Award for competitors in the Rolex Series. The MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year will be awarded for the first time at the end of the 2006 Rolex Series season, with a $10,000 prize going to the Daytona Prototype or GT rookie that earns the most points.
"MESCO Building Solutions is proud to announce its commitment to sponsor the 'MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year' Award in the Rolex Series," said MESCO Building Solutions Senior Vice President, Steve Owens. "It is our hope that the award will allow new drivers the opportunity to build for the future in motorsports. As a national leader in the manufacturing of engineered building systems, MESCO Building Solutions is committed to assisting its nationwide builder network in 'building for the future,' both within their companies and their communities. Our involvement in motorsports provides business to business opportunities that allow us to bring construction projects to our builders."
Rookies in the Daytona Prototype class will compete against GT rookies for the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award. Points will be awarded in the same manner as they are for the driver, team and manufacturer championships in each class, but points for GT drivers will be earned based on their finishing position in class rather than where they finish overall. As there are 13 GT races and 14 Daytona Prototype events on the 2006 Rolex Series schedule, Daytona Prototype rookies will stop earning points following the penultimate round of the 2006 season at Infineon Raceway.
To be considered for the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year, drivers must not have competed in more than four Rolex Series Daytona Prototype or GT races in a single season since 2003 and prior to 2006. Eligible drivers also must compete in a minimum of five Rolex Series events, and the annual winner will be determined by finishing position in the final championship standings. The MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year will be honored at the season-ending Rolex Series awards banquet. MESCO has agreed to sponsor the award through the 2008 season.
"Short of winning a championship, earning 'Rookie of the Year' honors in any sport is one of the most prestigious awards for an athlete," said Grand American President Roger Edmondson. "We are obviously delighted that MESCO Building Solutions has joined us to recognize the MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year. There are plenty of worthy candidates in both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes, and I am certain that this award will be as hotly contested as our races and championships."
MESCO Building Solutions is a division of NCI Building Systems, Inc., one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of metal products for the nonresidential building industry. The company operates manufacturing and distribution facilities located in 17 states, Mexico and Canada.
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 15-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 and distributed globally through ESPN International. With title sponsorship support from Rolex Watch USA and presenting sponsorship from Crown Royal Special Reserve, 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 American at www.grandamerican.com.