SPEED Channel To Provide 60 Hours of Rolex Sports Car Series Coverage in 2005 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2005) -- Topped by its 14 and-a-half hours of coverage from the historic Rolex 24 At Daytona last month, Grand American Road Racing ...
SPEED Channel To Provide 60 Hours of Rolex Sports Car Series Coverage in 2005
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 1, 2005) -- Topped by its 14 and-a-half hours of coverage from the historic Rolex 24 At Daytona last month, Grand American Road Racing Association and SPEED Channel officials today announced that the television network will carry a total of 60 hours of Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race action in 2005.
SPEED Channel cameras will be rolling throughout all 2005 Rolex Series races, with nine of the remaining 13 races scheduled for live television. The next event on SPEED Channel will be the Grand Prix of Miami from Homestead-Miami Speedway, which will be carried live beginning at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 5. The Grand Prix of Miami will be the first of five consecutive races with live coverage.
Round 3 from California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. will be televised live beginning at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 3, followed by the Rolex Series' first-ever visit to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, which hits the SPEED airwaves live at 3 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 1. Round 5--the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant from Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada--will be televised in its entirety beginning at 11 a.m. ET on Saturday, May 21, while the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen from Watkins Glen International on Sunday, June 12 will have two parts--both live--beginning at 10 a.m. ET and resuming at 12:30 p.m. for a total of four and-a-half hours of coverage.
The season's first tape-delayed event will be the annual 250-mile sprint race from the famed Daytona International Speedway, which is scheduled to air on a same-day delay, airing in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 30. Round 8 from Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. will be carried live beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, July 31, followed by the second of three Rolex Series visits to Watkins Glen International, which will air on a same-day delay--again in primetime--at 8 p.m. ET on Friday, August 12.
The Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic will be shown on a one-day delay, airing at 12 Noon ET on Sunday, August 28. Likewise, the split GT and Daytona Prototype class races from Phoenix International Raceway will also be aired on a one-day delay, with the GT telecast set for 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, September 10 and the Daytona Prototype race scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 11.
The final three races on the 2005 schedule will all be carried live, beginning with the third visit to Watkins Glen on Saturday, September 24 to be televised at 3 p.m. ET. The penultimate round of the 2005 season from Virginia International Raceway will be aired at 1 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 9, followed by the season finale from Mexico City at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 5.
The Grand American Road Racing Association, which 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 delivers 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.