GRAND-AM Road Racing: Preview: Bosch Engineering 250

By Auto News Log • April 22nd, 2010

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas take an 11-point lead (102-91) in the Daytona Prototype standings into Round 4 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Series, the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday.

Pruett and Rojas have a two-race winning streak going into VIR, where won with Rojas in 2008 and also triumphed with Luis Diaz in 2005.

With perennial contenders GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and SunTrust Racing failing to finish at Barber, the dynamic of the Daytona Prototype championship has changed entering the Bosch Engineering 250.

Ryan Dalziel is second in the standings to Pruett and Rojas, and is coming off a third-place finish at Barber Motorsports Park with co-driver Mike Forest. Dalziel won the Rolex 24 At Daytona with Action Express Racing in a Porsche Riley.

Third in the standings with 81 points are Ozz Negri and John Pew,, who were second at Barber, followed closely by Darren Law and David Donohue, 78 points; Burt Frisselle and Mark Wilkins, 77; and Forest, 75.

The winner of the last two Daytona Prototype races at VIR and three total have gone on to win the series championship.

Segal, Assentato Look For Third Straight In Rolex Series GT

SpeedSource drivers Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato won the Rolex Series GT class in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, giving them two consecutive victories and four in seven races dating back to 2009.

The two drivers opened the year with a 16th-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona – a race won by teammates Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito.

As a result of their winning streak, Segal and Assentato are third in the standings, seven points behind class leaders Bomarito and Tremblay, who have 93 points, and two behind Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis, who have 88 points.

Davis and Liddell, one of several drivers commuting from Europe for Saturday’s race, are seeking their third consecutive VIR GT victory this weekend. The pair won the last two years in the No. 57 Pontiac GXP.R. The team switched to Camaros in 2010, adding a second car. That car will be driven by Gunter Schaldach and Randy Pobst, who will substitute for Jan Magnussen (schedule conflict).

Paul Reed Smith To Award Two Guitars At VIR

When the race is over at VIR, the overall winner of the Bosch Engineering 250 will walk away with a traditional loving cup trophy, and a little something extra.

PRS Guitars has partnered with GRAND-AM racing for the 2010 season by creating a trophy guitar for 11 races. Each guitar is decorated with the official GRAND-AM logo and inscribed with the race’s date and location. The Daytona Prototype winner will receive the GRAND-AM guitar.

To reward GT competitors, MRN Radio agreed to call a “MRN Podium Move of the Race” winner at three events this season, including VIR. Lead announcers Eli Gold and Preston Root will determine which GT team made the most critical move to land them on the podium.

PRS has also partnered with Mazda, Chip Foose, Dempsey Racing and Pirelli for this year’s “Watch and Win Sweepstakes,” giving fans the opportunity to win the Chip Foose designed Dempsey Racing edition 2010 RX8r3 and a custom-designed PRS SE Singlecut guitar.

Iceland Volcano ‘Pain In The Ash’

For some drivers, racing in Saturday’s Bosch Engineering 250 is only half the battle. The other half is just getting to the U.S.

At least six drivers have either scrambled to find a way or faced some degree of difficulty making it to the U.S. from Europe, their home base, due to the recent activity coming from the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland.

Those drivers are Max Angelelli, Antonio Garcia, Kasper Andersen, Robin Liddell and Adam Christodoulou.

Saturday’s Fan Activities

Race fans will have plenty of activities to get close to the action prior to Saturday’s race.

All of the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype and GT drivers will participate in a free autograph session from 9:30-10:15 a.m., at their individual team haulers in the paddock.

Fans are invited to participate in a free pit road Fan Walk from 11:15-11:45 a.m., to get a close-up look at all of the Daytona Prototype and GT cars, drivers and teams, moments before racing.

At 11:30 a.m., fans can get a close-up look behind the scenes of a typical pit stop in a special demonstration by the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing pit crew, with drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty.

During the Fan Walk, there will be a live concert on pit road, featuring the Rocky Mountain Stoneflies, a Texas-style rock and blues band fronted by legendary Dallas guitarist Mike Clark.

Source: GRAND-AM Road Racing

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