Lime Rock Park witnessed the much awaited appearance of the Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototype on Tuesday ahead of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, which is slated to take place here on the 31st of May. The line-up of 19 cars included 11 of the Daytona Prototypes which proved their worth by dealing with the changing weather throughout the session that spanned over a period of six hours. The Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series will feature the Daytona Prototypes together with the production based GT cars. The contenders who will be participating in the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series expressed favorable remarks about the layout spread across 1.5 miles.
The Daytona Prototype teams will include two automobiles from Starworks Motorsports and Michael Shank Racing. The event will also mark participation from GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, TELMEX Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates, SunTrust Racing, Action Express Racing, Krohn Racing and AIM Autosport who will be making their presence felt with one car each.
The GT Teamâ€™s test drive included three of the Mazdas from SpeedSource as well as prototypes from Racers Edge Mazda, Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle Mazda, Turner BMW, Whelen Corvette and Magnus Porsche. The test run ended on a dry track with the drivers of the Daytona Prototypes turning laps in the range of 49 seconds. The drivers of the GT Class, who had also participated during the 2008 Lime Rock event, registered a turn of lap in 53 seconds.
Speaking about the test championship, Rojas who was driving in the Telemex BMW Riley together with Joey Hand, said that the laps are quick on the Lime Rock track. He went on to add that it is of utmost importance to not waste any time while on track.
Another champion racer, David Donohue looked elated about the fact that the Daytona Prototypes were becoming a part of the Memorial Day Weekend habit. David Donohue, who is quite familiar with the Lime Rock tracks, expressed his views by adding that he looked forward to marking his presence at the Memorial Day and carrying forward the tradition. He also said that the tracks had witnessed his father Mark Donohueâ€™s racing skills in many of the important championships. David Donohue will be co-driving with champion racer Darren Law in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley.
Nick Longhi who was driving the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 met with a minor accident when his car smashed across one of the guardian rails. Fortunately the racer remained uninjured. Nick Longhiâ€™s team is currently leading the GT Team Championship by 3 points. The planned event of the Memorial Day weekend is also scheduled to feature a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race which will be taking place on Saturday, May 29th 2010 at the Lime Rock tracks. All the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series Events are slated to take place in a single day with the practice session beginning at 9 a.m., while the qualifying session will take place at 11:55 a.m.