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[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2012 - Road America Rolex 250 (Full Race)
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2012 - Road America Rolex 250 (Full Race)
Published: 2012/06/24
Channel: NARLtv
GRAND-AM Road Racing Crashes 2012 part1
GRAND-AM Road Racing Crashes 2012 part1
Published: 2012/09/03
Channel: spevomax2
Championship-Winning 2002 Mustang Cobra Grand Am Race Car - (Track) One Take
Championship-Winning 2002 Mustang Cobra Grand Am Race Car - (Track) One Take
Published: 2017/05/16
Channel: TheSmokingTire
GRAND-AM  Road Racing
GRAND-AM Road Racing
Published: 2010/06/17
Channel: continentaltire
GRAND-AM Road Racing Crashes 2012 part2
GRAND-AM Road Racing Crashes 2012 part2
Published: 2012/10/15
Channel: spevomax2
2011 Grand-Am at Road America Gunter Schaldach Joe Foster HUGE crash
2011 Grand-Am at Road America Gunter Schaldach Joe Foster HUGE crash
Published: 2011/06/26
Channel: KA128183
2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250
2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250
Published: 2013/05/01
Channel: jinjabreadman46
2005 Grand-Am racetickets.com 250 - Daytona Prototype (FULL RACE)
2005 Grand-Am racetickets.com 250 - Daytona Prototype (FULL RACE)
Published: 2014/01/27
Channel: Buggy Boy
Grand Am Road Race Kansas Speedway
Grand Am Road Race Kansas Speedway
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: Cypher
GRAND-AM Retrospective
GRAND-AM Retrospective
Published: 2013/10/03
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
GRAND-AM Road Racing -- Who Tweets?
GRAND-AM Road Racing -- Who Tweets?
Published: 2013/05/06
Channel: continentaltire
GRAND AM Road Racing at the Circuit of the Americas
GRAND AM Road Racing at the Circuit of the Americas
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Jèan Paul
Grand Am Road Racing
Grand Am Road Racing
Published: 2013/08/25
Channel: Will Patterson
Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 Race Highlights
Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 Race Highlights
Published: 2013/06/02
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
10-2005 - VIR Grand Am Rolex race
10-2005 - VIR Grand Am Rolex race
Published: 2008/12/27
Channel: cobramotorsports
Grand-Am Road Racing Overview
Grand-Am Road Racing Overview
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: AngeloDinkovRacing
PRS Guitars and GRAND-AM Road Racing
PRS Guitars and GRAND-AM Road Racing
Published: 2013/01/30
Channel: PRS Guitars
GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Challenge GS Race Highlights
GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Challenge GS Race Highlights
Published: 2013/10/07
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Continental Tire: Official Tire of GRAND-AM Road Racing
Continental Tire: Official Tire of GRAND-AM Road Racing
Published: 2012/01/02
Channel: continentaltire
GRAND-AM Road Racing Miller Motorsports Park Utah 250
GRAND-AM Road Racing Miller Motorsports Park Utah 250
Published: 2010/09/13
Channel: Nathan Allred
"The Edge: GRAND-AM Road Racing" on Discovery
"The Edge: GRAND-AM Road Racing" on Discovery's HD Theater
Published: 2010/09/30
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Grand-Am road racing with Wayne Taylor Racing
Grand-Am road racing with Wayne Taylor Racing
Published: 2012/10/09
Channel: VelocityWW
Virginia Int Raceway  - Last 2 laps of the Grand Am Race
Virginia Int Raceway - Last 2 laps of the Grand Am Race
Published: 2006/11/03
Channel: Dave Ellis
2010 Grand Am Road Racing at Homestead Miami Speedway
2010 Grand Am Road Racing at Homestead Miami Speedway
Published: 2010/09/22
Channel: TeamDrivenProduction
GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Challenge ST Race Highlights
GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Challenge ST Race Highlights
Published: 2013/10/06
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
GAINSCO Rolex Grand-Am Racing - Miller Sunchaser (2006)
GAINSCO Rolex Grand-Am Racing - Miller Sunchaser (2006)
Published: 2007/05/16
Channel: kenfbell
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series 2012 - Laguna Seca (Finish)
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series 2012 - Laguna Seca (Finish)
Published: 2012/09/09
Channel: NARLtv
Grand Am Road Racing Series test IMS 7-6-12 Crash!
Grand Am Road Racing Series test IMS 7-6-12 Crash!
Published: 2012/07/06
Channel: Diecastreviews
GRAND-AM Online Racing Series Action
GRAND-AM Online Racing Series Action
Published: 2010/11/16
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Lamborghini crashes on new Kansas Speedway road course during Grand Am race.
Lamborghini crashes on new Kansas Speedway road course during Grand Am race.
Published: 2013/08/22
Channel: bearracing
Grand-Am - Barber John Pew Accident
Grand-Am - Barber John Pew Accident
Published: 2012/03/31
Channel: CygP2P
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
GAINSCO Rolex Grand-Am Racing-GAINSCO Wins at Barber (2007)
GAINSCO Rolex Grand-Am Racing-GAINSCO Wins at Barber (2007)
Published: 2007/08/15
Channel: kenfbell
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
[HD] Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2011 - Crash (Mid Ohio Emco Gears)
[HD] Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2011 - Crash (Mid Ohio Emco Gears)
Published: 2011/09/17
Channel: EdwinTV11
ALMS, GRAND-AM Timelapse Reveals IMSA United SportsCar Racing Future at Road America
ALMS, GRAND-AM Timelapse Reveals IMSA United SportsCar Racing Future at Road America
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
GRAND-AM Road Racing MazdaSpeed Jonathan Bomarito Interview
GRAND-AM Road Racing MazdaSpeed Jonathan Bomarito Interview
Published: 2012/02/21
Channel: MotorsportsSD
iRacing.com used during the Grand-AM race on SPEED.
iRacing.com used during the Grand-AM race on SPEED.
Published: 2010/03/08
Channel: ChrisOwens62
2012 GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Race Broadcast
2012 GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: IMSAvids
Live race pit stop - Grand Am Series
Live race pit stop - Grand Am Series
Published: 2010/07/05
Channel: Speedracer38
Grand Am racing on the IMS road course
Grand Am racing on the IMS road course
Published: 2013/08/26
Channel: Wes Brash
Road America PCA 2013 Friedman
Road America PCA 2013 Friedman '08 Grand-Am GT3 Cup
Published: 2013/09/05
Channel: Cory Friedman
Iracing Grand Am Series at Road Atlanta Complete Race
Iracing Grand Am Series at Road Atlanta Complete Race
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: RutgersKev
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Grand Am Road Racing at Kansas Speedway 2013
Published: 2013/08/18
Channel: Austin Imhof
Baltimore Street Racing / ALMS Grand-Am Merger - /SHAKEDOWN
Baltimore Street Racing / ALMS Grand-Am Merger - /SHAKEDOWN
Published: 2012/09/03
Channel: /DRIVE
Grand Am 07 Watkins Glen Race
Grand Am 07 Watkins Glen Race
Published: 2007/12/24
Channel: CU02
Grand-Am Series Road Race at Kansas Speedway
Grand-Am Series Road Race at Kansas Speedway
Published: 2014/03/12
Channel: Jeremy Hilton
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Grand-Am Road Racing
2012 Grand Am Road Racing Logo.jpg
Sport Sports car racing, Touring car racing
Jurisdiction  United States
 Canada
Abbreviation Grand-Am
Founded 2000
Headquarters Daytona Beach, Florida
President Ed Bennett
Official website
www.grand-am.com

Grand-Am Road Racing or Grand-Am was an auto racing sanctioning body that was established in 1999 to organize road racing competitions in North America. Its primary focus was the Rolex Sports Car Series, an endurance racing championship series. It sanctioned five auto racing series. The series announced in September 2012 that it would be merging with the American Le Mans Series, which had been Grand-Am's main US competitor since its inception. The two series fully merged in 2014 under the banner of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, with the International Motor Sports Association.

Overview[edit]

The Grand American Road Racing Association was established in 1999 and was located in Daytona Beach, Florida, near the homes of NASCAR, International Speedway Corporation (ISC), and Daytona International Speedway. Although originated by some members of the NASCAR community, Grand-Am centers on different styles of racing including sports car racing and touring car racing on road racing circuits throughout North America.

On September 4, 2008, NASCAR Holdings announced their buyout of the Grand American Road Racing Association in an attempt to merge communications, research, and marketing resources into a single entity, while allowing each organization to continue to control their own racing series.[1]

On September 5, 2012 the series announced that they would be merging with Braselton, Georgia-based American Le Mans Series. Both series stayed current in 2013 and began a combined series in 2014.[2]

Rolex Sports Car Series[edit]

A field of Daytona Prototypes in Grand-Am's premier championship, the Rolex Sports Car Series

The premiere series of Grand-Am was the Rolex Sports Car Series which originated in 2000 as a successor to the defunct United States Road Racing Championship. Combining classes of Sports Racing Prototypes and Grand Touring-style production-based cars, the series was centered on the Rolex 24 At Daytona but included a wide variety of American, Canadian, and Mexican tracks.

In 2003, the series replaced its Sports Racing Prototypes with new Daytona Prototypes, a custom-built class built specifically for the Rolex Series. These cost-effective race cars offer a relatively economical racing environment in which technology is carefully controlled to ensure close racing and approximate parity between different chassis and engines. For the 2012 season, the Rolex series rolled out Gen-III prototypes with new bodies, engines and chassis. These new chassis were designed to keep costs low while also creating body shapes with more brand characteristics. The new chassis were headlined by Corvette and new Ford prototypes.

The GT classes were also simplified over the years, allowing for a variety of American, European, and Japanese manufacturers to participate including Audi, Chevrolet, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, Ford and Mazda. Rules allowed tuned production cars or custom tube frame chassis to be used, letting participants save cost if necessary.

In 2013 the GX class were introduced running with alternative fuel and new technology that was not already in use in GT cars. The contending manufacturers were Mazda, Porsche, and Lotus.

Daytona Prototypes and GTs usually shared the track although do occasionally race separately, typically at shorter circuits.

Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series[edit]

Originally based on a Canadian series before being acquired by Grand-Am, the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (originally known as Grand-Am Cup) is a production-based touring car series. The series is split into two classes known as Grand Sport (GS), intended for large capacity GT-style cars, and Street Tuner (ST), consisting of smaller sedans and coupes, some of which are front-wheel drive. The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge until 2013 supported some Rolex Series races but also headlined some of its own dates. This series continues with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship The series is somewhat comparable to the old Trans Am Series.

Ferrari Challenge[edit]

Grand-Am was the sanctioning body behind the North American arm of the international Ferrari Challenge series. Using identical race-tuned Ferraris, the series originally ran the F355 then switched to the 360 Modenas before switching to new F430s in 2006 and the 458 Italia in 2010.

Shell Historic Challenge[edit]

Tied together with the Ferrari Challenge series, the Shell Historic Challenge is a series consisting of older Ferrari, Maserati, and Scuderia Ferrari-run Alfa Romeo models. Although a racing series, the competition is more of an exhibition of the classic machinery than a true race.

Grand-Am iRacing.com Online Sports Car Series[edit]

Grand-Am also sanctioned an online racing series through the racing simulator iRacing.com. This series raced digital versions of a Riley Daytona Prototype and the McLaren MP4-12C, mirroring the Rolex series. [3]

Series defunct before the merger[edit]

Formula Renault 2000[edit]

Grand-Am initially sanctioned the North American arm of the Formula Renault series under the 2.0 Litre formula. However the series was later reorganized and came under the control of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) where it currently runs under the Formula TR name.

Ford Racing Mustang Challenge[edit]

A Ford Mustang FR500S which competes in the Mustang Challenge

The Ford Racing Mustang Challenge for the Miller Cup was a series which started in 2008. A one-make series similar to the Ferrari Challenge, this series used identical Ford Mustang FR500S cars co-developed by Ford Racing and Larry H. Miller, owner of Miller Motorsports Park. The series featured amateur drivers in 45 minute sprint events.

The series held its final event September 12, 2010 at Miller Motorsports Park.[4] In the announcement, the series predicted that the FR500S Mustang "will continue to be eligible for competition in a variety of series." The FR500S chassis are now eligible for competition in the GTS class of the SCCA Pro Racing World Challenge, with several modifications to bring their level of performance equal with the other cars in the class.[5] Six Mustang Challenge competitors entered their first event as GTS cars at the Mid Ohio race August 7 and August 8, 2010.[6]

SunTrust Moto-ST Series[edit]

Two classes of bikes used in the SunTrust Moto-ST Series

The only motorcycle series run by Grand-Am, the SunTrust Moto-ST Series was an endurance racing series launched in 2007 for production-based motorcycles. Races ranged from three hours to eight hours. Motorcycles were four-stroke, two cylinder models and broken into classes depending on power and weight. Teams of riders were used to run an endurance event. From 2009 the series was sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NASCAR Holdings Announces Plan to Acquire GRAND-AM". Grand American Road Racing Association. 2008-09-04. Archived from the original on 2008-09-07. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  2. ^ http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/grand-am-alms-merger-made-official
  3. ^ "GRAND-AM to Sanction Multi-Class Online Racing for iRacing.com". grand-am.com. October 25, 2010. Retrieved 2010-11-01. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ FR500S Vehicle Technical Specifications, SCCA Pro Racing, 11/16/2011, accessed 1/30/2012
  6. ^ [2]

Grand-Am, American Le Mans Series Merger Details

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