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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
2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250
2011 Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 250
Published: 2013/05/01
Channel: jinjabreadman46
2006 ROLEX Sports Car Series - Mexico City 250 (FULL RACE)
2006 ROLEX Sports Car Series - Mexico City 250 (FULL RACE)
Published: 2014/01/29
Channel: Buggy Boy
2012 Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.COM Race Highlights
2012 Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.COM Race Highlights
Published: 2013/10/08
Channel: IMSA Official
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2012 - Brickyard Grand Prix (Full)
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2012 - Brickyard Grand Prix (Full)
Published: 2012/07/29
Channel: NARLtv
2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 1
2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 1
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: IMSA Official
2013 GRAND-AM of The Americas Rolex Series Race Broadcast
2013 GRAND-AM of The Americas Rolex Series Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: IMSA Official
Rolex Sport Car Series 2013: Watkins Glen: close finish
Rolex Sport Car Series 2013: Watkins Glen: close finish
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: TheNulltarif
Rolex Sports Car Series 2013: Watkins Glen: Start
Rolex Sports Car Series 2013: Watkins Glen: Start
Published: 2013/06/30
Channel: TheNulltarif
Rolex Sports Car Series Commercial
Rolex Sports Car Series Commercial
Published: 2006/08/04
Channel: RXG8r4
2004 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Watkins Glen Regenchaos
2004 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Watkins Glen Regenchaos
Published: 2012/03/12
Channel: Racing15528
Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen
Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen
Published: 2011/02/02
Channel: Kyle Stephens
Real Need For Speed -Rolex Sports Car Series
Real Need For Speed -Rolex Sports Car Series
Published: 2011/09/22
Channel: MaxSpeedMedia
2013 Grand-Am of the Americas Rolex Sports Car Series
2013 Grand-Am of the Americas Rolex Sports Car Series
Published: 2013/03/03
Channel: Dustin Kirk
2013 GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Rolex Series Race Broadcast
2013 GRAND-AM Championship Weekend Rolex Series Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: IMSA Official
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. Battles For Win (Prototype & GTLM classes)
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. Battles For Win (Prototype & GTLM classes)
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: CrashRacing
2004 Rolex Sportscar Series Season Review (Speed Channel)
2004 Rolex Sportscar Series Season Review (Speed Channel)
Published: 2016/02/14
Channel: stefmeister2008
Rolex Sports Car Series at Virginia International Raceway
Rolex Sports Car Series at Virginia International Raceway
Published: 2010/04/26
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
2007 Grand American Iowa 400k
2007 Grand American Iowa 400k
Published: 2012/06/02
Channel: jinjabreadman46
2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Rolex Series Race Broadcast
2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Rolex Series Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/11/06
Channel: IMSA Official
2013 SFP Grand Prix Rolex Series Race Broadcast
2013 SFP Grand Prix Rolex Series Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/11/03
Channel: IMSA Official
Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.COM Highlights
Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VISITFLORIDA.COM Highlights
Published: 2011/06/27
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Brickyard Grand Prix 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series
Brickyard Grand Prix 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series
Published: 2013/07/29
Channel: 88joethepro
2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 6
2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 6
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: IMSA Official
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
2017 BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
2017 BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach
Published: 2017/04/09
Channel: IMSA Official
American Sports Car Racing Tribute (Rolex Sports Car Series Version)
American Sports Car Racing Tribute (Rolex Sports Car Series Version)
Published: 2013/09/27
Channel: RACECAR
[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
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. Scott Pruett Crash
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. Scott Pruett Crash
Published: 2017/01/28
Channel: CrashRacing
Grand-Am Racing Rolex Sports Car Series 5-30-11
Grand-Am Racing Rolex Sports Car Series 5-30-11
Published: 2011/06/16
Channel: colombianflip
Rolex sports car series Grand am Detroit final laps and finish daytona prototype gt 2012
Rolex sports car series Grand am Detroit final laps and finish daytona prototype gt 2012
Published: 2012/06/02
Channel: JIMMIE 6 TIMES
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. All Crashes and Fails
IMSA SportsCar Championship 2017. Rolex 24 At Daytona. All Crashes and Fails
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: CrashRacing
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami Video Homestead Speedway
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Grand Prix of Miami Video Homestead Speedway
Published: 2010/09/23
Channel: Paul79UF
2012 Global Barter 250 Race Broadcast
2012 Global Barter 250 Race Broadcast
Published: 2013/10/09
Channel: IMSA Official
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series 2012 - Montreal 200 (Finish)
[HD] Grand-Am Rolex Sport Car Series 2012 - Montreal 200 (Finish)
Published: 2012/08/19
Channel: NARLtv
Watkins Glen Rolex Sports Car Series Mazda Door open
Watkins Glen Rolex Sports Car Series Mazda Door open
Published: 2012/08/16
Channel: redgray99
2013 Detroit Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Pit walk
2013 Detroit Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Pit walk
Published: 2014/05/07
Channel: MBC22CE
Rolex Sports Car Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Published: 2008/04/29
Channel: pleasefeedtheanimals
Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Winner Interviews
Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Winner Interviews
Published: 2011/06/25
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Rolex sports car series-Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway
Rolex sports car series-Laguna Seca Mazda Raceway
Published: 2011/08/08
Channel: david jensen
2012 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT qualifying Laguna Seca
2012 Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT qualifying Laguna Seca
Published: 2012/09/27
Channel: Oakpost122
Car wreck from Rolex Sports Car Series Road America
Car wreck from Rolex Sports Car Series Road America
Published: 2011/06/25
Channel: whiteviper00
Grand Am Rolex sports car series IMS some racing
Grand Am Rolex sports car series IMS some racing
Published: 2012/07/28
Channel: stevo874
Rolex Sports Car Series - Barber DP Podium Press Conference
Rolex Sports Car Series - Barber DP Podium Press Conference
Published: 2012/04/05
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series @ Watkins Glen
Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series @ Watkins Glen
Published: 2010/08/11
Channel: naskarttv
2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 1
2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona Part 1
Published: 2015/01/27
Channel: IMSA Official
Rolex Sports Car Series Koni Challenge
Rolex Sports Car Series Koni Challenge
Published: 2009/05/02
Channel: m4a1enemy
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 @ Barber Motorsports Park
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 @ Barber Motorsports Park
Published: 2010/04/13
Channel: dxb002
Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Rolex Series Race Highlights
Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Rolex Series Race Highlights
Published: 2012/09/10
Channel: GRAND-AMvids
Rolex Sports Car Series grand am racing at Millville nj
Rolex Sports Car Series grand am racing at Millville nj
Published: 2013/06/29
Channel: Matt Lock
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Rolex Sports Car Series
Grand-am rolex series logo.jpg
Country North America
Inaugural season 2000
Folded 2013
Prototype Classes DP
GT Classes GT, GX
Tyre suppliers Continental
Last Drivers' champion DP: Max Angelelli, Jordan Taylor
GT: Alessandro Balzan
GX: Jim Norman
Last Teams' champion DP: Chip Ganassi Racing
GT: Scuderia Corsa
GX: BGB Motorsports
Last Makes' champion DP: Chevrolet/Riley
GT: Ferrari
GX: Mazda
Official website http://www.grand-am.com

The Rolex Sports Car Series was the premier series run by the Grand American Road Racing Association. It was a North American-based sports car series founded in 2000 under the name Grand American Road Racing Championship to replace the failed United States Road Racing Championship. Rolex took over as series sponsor in 2002.

It ran a mixture of classes of sports prototypes and Grand Touring-style cars. In 2003, the series debuted their custom prototype chassis, known as Daytona Prototypes, named after their premiere event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The series staged the North American Endurance Championship, featuring three of its premier races at Daytona, Watkins Glen, and Indianapolis.[1]

On September 5, 2012, Grand-Am announced that it would be merging the Rolex Sports Car Series with the American Le Mans Series to form a unified road racing championship[2] to be known as United SportsCar Racing,[3] later retitled as the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship. The final Rolex Sports Car Series race was held on September 28, 2013 at Lime Rock Park.[4]

History[edit]

Following the failure of the United States Road Racing Championship in 1999, the new Grand American Road Racing Association announced their intentions to adopt a format similar to the one used in the USRRC, centering on the 24 Hours of Daytona. This series was seen as an alternative to the former IMSA GT Championship, which had since been replaced by the American Le Mans Series in 1999. The new series would run two classes of Sports Racing Prototypes identical to the rules used in the new FIA Sportscar Championship in Europe, while Grand Touring-style cars would consist of three classes: GTO for larger production-based race cars, GTU for smaller production-based race cars, and AGT for American tube frame cars. The league would also acquire the Six Hours of Watkins Glen, giving the league a second endurance race alongside the Rolex 24 at Daytona to compete with the ALMS' 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit Le Mans. GTO and GTU would be renamed GTS and GT for 2001 to better match the classes used by the similar American Le Mans Series.

A GT-class Porsche spinning out after navigating a curve at the 2005 Grand-Am Road & Track 250 at Laguna Seca

2003 would see the series go through a radical change, as Daytona Prototypes debuted for the first time to replace both of the Sports Racing Prototype classes. Although SRPs would be allowed to continue until the end of 2003, few were seen while the Daytona Prototypes took over the series. The American GT class was also dissolved with the cars being placed into the similar GTS class.

In 2004, the faster GTS class was abandoned in order to provide a larger gap between the Daytona Prototypes and GT cars. The GTS cars were as fast (if not faster) than the Daytona Prototypes. This meant that the GT class was now the top tier, being joined by the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class moved up from the Grand Am Cup series. This was further streamlined in 2005 with all Grand Touring-style cars being in a single GT class.

A 2007 Riley MkXI Daytona Prototype seen as the 2007 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

This formula led to the Rolex Sports Car Series having a large number of competitors at most events, mostly due to the ease of use and low cost of the cars in either class while the Grand American Road Racing Association was able to keep the competition equalized.

With such high car counts, Grand-Am has had to split GT and DP races at shorter tracks where it is not feasible to put 50 cars on the track at one instance. In each case, the GT cars race on Saturday, and the DP cars race on Sunday. This split format allows drivers to run both races. Each race is the same distance, as it would be if the two classes were running together. This did however make GT races slightly longer than combined events, since GT cars would likely finish several laps behind the winning prototype and thus not cover the full distance.

When the GT and DP races were combined, the two classes would use a motorcycle racing-style "wave start," a concept from Roger Edmonson, who had been in motorcycle racing before organising the Grand American series with the France family. In this case, the DP cars would take the green flag first, followed, usually 20–30 seconds later (depending on track length) by the GT cars. By starting the cars separately, the organisers hoped for safer starts by having the two classes of cars race separately.

Due to the series' affiliation with NASCAR, many Sprint Cup Series drivers occasionally participated in Rolex Series races, particularly the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Pruett/Rojas at Road America, champions in 2012

Series champions[edit]

Season Classes
2000 SR SRII GTO GTU AGT
United Kingdom James Weaver United States Larry Oberto United States Terry Borcheller United States Mike Fitzgerald United States Doug Mills
2001 SRP SRPII GTS GT AGT
United Kingdom James Weaver United States Andy Lally United States Chris Bingham United States Darren Law United States Craig Conway
2002 Belgium Didier Theys United States Terry Borcheller United States Chris Bingham United States Bill Auberlen
United States Cort Wagner
United States Kerry Hitt
2003 DP SRPII GTS GT
United States Terry Borcheller United States Steve Marshall United States Tommy Riggins
United States Dave Machavern
United States Cort Wagner
United States Brent Martini
2004 DP GT SGS
Italy Max Papis
United States Scott Pruett
United States Bill Auberlen
United States Boris Said
United States Andy Lally
United States Marc Bunting
2005 DP GT
Italy Max Angelelli
South Africa Wayne Taylor
United States Craig Stanton
2006 Germany Jörg Bergmeister United States Andy Lally
United States Marc Bunting
2007 United States Alex Gurney
United States Jon Fogarty
Germany Dirk Werner
2008 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Paul Edwards
United States Kelly Collins
2009 United States Alex Gurney
United States Jon Fogarty
United States Leh Keen
Germany Dirk Werner
2010 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Emil Assentato
United States Jeff Segal
2011 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Leh Keen
United States Andrew Davis
2012 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Emil Assentato
United States Jeff Segal
2013 DP GT GX
Italy Max Angelelli
United States Jordan Taylor
Italy Alessandro Balzan United States Jim Norman

Television[edit]

Speed Channel was the near-exclusive broadcaster of the Rolex Sports Car Series and included coverage of the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and the 24 Hours of Daytona. On August 17, 2013, Fox Sports 1 became the new near-exclusive broadcaster for the Rolex Sports Car Series until 2014 when both Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series form United Sports Car Racing.

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