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The Rolex 24 at Daytona is one of the most challenging endurance races in the world, many agree that the shorter track and tighter turns makes it much more intense than the 24 hour at LeMans.

In addition to the Rolex 24, the GrandAm series run a full race season all over the country from spring to fall, all of which are televised on SPEED. Tracks include Homestead Miami, Laguna Seca, VIR (where I attend), Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Miller, etc. The series continues to gain popularity and spectators love these races since the garages are open for viewing and there's a time that spectators can meet the drivers as well. Unlike some racing events, the track is open and there is no assigned seating, allowing you to walk the track and watch the race from multiple vantage points.

One aspect of this particular series that I love is the fact that they run DP and GT classes at the same time which adds a nice strategy to the race and packs in a lot of cars on the track. The DP cars (Daytona Prototype) are the cars you see that look like they're only used on the track. DP chassis are primarily built by Riley Technologies in Mooresville, NC. http://www.rileytech.com/PDF/DaytonaPrototype.pdf but others are in the race including Dallara, Lola and Coyote. Powerplants include, Ford, Chevy, BMW, Lexus, Porsche for the DP class.

Here's an example of the Dallara chassis which is manufactured in Italy.


The GT cars are production-based cars that you would see on the street. This is includes Porsche GT3, Mazda RX8, Ferrari F430, Chev Camaro and Vette, BMW M3 and M6, etc etc.

Here's an example of the 2011 Porsche GT3 running inthis series.



There are winners for each race in the DP and GT classes.

My company, SunTrust, has a DP car in this series(shown above), owned by Wayne Taylor Racing. We placed fifth in the Rolex 24, and would have been in contention for the win but aggressive checking from Juan Pablo Montoya led to some significant damage early on which had us playing catch-up for most of the time. Couple this with a 2 hour 40 minute yellow due to fog on Sunday morning and we had quite an uphill battle on our hands. We were seven laps back due to damage and by the end of the race, we were only one lap behind the winning car. We came in second for the 2010 championship, behind Scott Pruett's team, Ganassi racing which is an 800 lb gorilla in the world of motorsports.

Here's our car with this year's paint scheme.



Here's a nice summary of last weekend's race which had a total of 14 hours featured on SPEED which is impressive. 7 hours on Sat and 7 hours on Sunday.

http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid71457653001?bckey=AQ~~,AAAAABRLZgk~,_wziyfTvYKpSFgVgMUtpIRHoCjJKsvBq&bctid=771303429001


Hope this was a helpful summary. More info, race results, current standings for the championship, race schedule, etc can be found at www.grand-am.com
 

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Need to add Hyundai some day.

You forgot in the CT Sports Car series, which runs parallel with this.

BMW / Porsche / Chevy / Subaru / Ford / Mazda (hopefully one day Hyundai!!!)

VW / Kia / BMW / Honda / Mini
 

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My dad had pit passes for me and him to go this year but couldnt get off work for the weekend to do it. It sucks, it would have been amazing!
 

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Need to add Hyundai some day.

You forgot in the CT Sports Car series, which runs parallel with this.

BMW / Porsche / Chevy / Subaru / Ford / Mazda (hopefully one day Hyundai!!!)

VW / Kia / BMW / Honda / Mini
This is a great race too. Last year they had these on the same day at VIR instead of seperate races. The little minis and MX5s can really move around that track.


My dad had pit passes for me and him to go this year but couldnt get off work for the weekend to do it. It sucks, it would have been amazing!
Yeah.. I get hot passes every year at VIR. Our company has a big client event up there which is pretty cool. I took a client in the pace car around the track. We got up to 140 on the back straight after the big tree. Pretty cool. I wasn't driving but it was fun to watch my guest's face.. LOL

I hope to have GenSport up there for the race in May. We'll rent a few golf carts to get us around the track a little faster. I'm hoping to get a designated parking area for the club.
 

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I used to work for the SpeedSource Team(they run the #70 #69 cars) and they are also the company who builds all the RX-8's that run in the GT series.
 

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I used to work for the SpeedSource Team(they run the #70 #69 cars) and they are also the company who builds all the RX-8's that run in the GT series.
Awesome! Hard to beat Sylvain Tremblay and his Rolex 24 win last year. Did you work directly with these guys?

Didn't they partner with Riley Technologies on the chassis?
 

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I have been following the series since I was in college in Jax FL. back in 1978, I was helping back then a small team and the teams that were fast were Brumos Porsche with Peter Gregg(funny as they are still one of the fast teams) I have followed it as IMSA and the other names it goe by now. This kind of racing is what appeals to me as well as F1. I remeber when IMSA used to race in Charlotte,but that all ended in the mid 80's and I would go and watch there, it was Al Holbert in the 962's that were the heat then , as well as the Group44 jags and the corvette prototype with the falconer motor. It was always big fun.

I used to make the vigil to daytona every feb and watch the 24, but times and family responsibilities make changes.
 

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Awesome! Hard to beat Sylvain Tremblay and his Rolex 24 win last year. Did you work directly with these guys?

Didn't they partner with Riley Technologies on the chassis?
Yes i worked directly for Sylvain in their shop here in Sunrise, Florida.

Yes the Chassis for the GT cars are Riley, and are simply an amazing chassis, all
the body panels are carbon-fiber, the transmissions are EMCO Gears dogbone
boxes, and the computers are all Motec.
 

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Here some pictures of when i worked on the SpeedSource team back in 2007

checking tire wear at Iowa


Daytona Brumos Porsche 250 i'm on far left
 

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Awesome to have resident experts around. I thought I was the only fan here.. LOL

Hey Martinsvl.. You're in Raleigh? You need to come up to VIR for the race in May.
 

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My friend from college (Leh Keen) was one of the drivers in a white porsche (I think #58?)
 

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Leh Keen is the man! Hate what happened to Farnbacher Loles after they won the championship in 2009. Dirk and Leh were a great team. Glad to see him back in a Porsche although I've never been a big Brumos fan. It will be interesting to see ow they do, running a GT car for this season as well.

Leh has a bright future in racing...
 

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I miss watching the GTO-Rs race.... :(
 

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