Four team owners have been named for the prestigious 2011 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made after the culmination of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. The 2011 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence is presented by Gorsline Company. From a field of 25 teams, four team owners were nominated for the Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. A panel of motorsports professionals will choose the winner of the prestigious award. The award will be presented on Friday 27th, 2012 during the Grand Marshall dinner. The Grand Marshall Dinner is the traditional introduction to the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The recipient of the award will be presented with a specially-engraved Rolex Stainless Steel and Platinum Yacht-Master timepiece.
This award was specially designed for rewarding team managers and team owners for their extraordinary skills in leading the team with integrity and for people who are extremely passionate for the sport. Bob Snodgrass was known for his obsession with cars and also with the sport during his entire career. Bob Stallings was the first-ever recipient of the award in 2010. The Gorsline Company, which has been the premier insurer of high-risk professionals, also supports the award. Peter Baron of Starworks Motorsport (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida), Joe Sahlen of Team Sahlen Racing (Buffalo, New York), John Stevenson of Stevenson Motorsports (Jacksonville, North Carolina)and Sylvain Tremblay of SpeedSource (Sunrise, Florida) are the four nominees for this yearâ€™s 2011 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence.
Born in Elmira, New York, he saw his first race at Watkins Glen, New York, and was hooked. Bob Snodgrass was the president of Brumos Racing and the president and CEO of Brumos auto dealerships in Jacksonville, Florida. Bob Snodgrass passed away in 2007 at the age of 64.
He lived in Florida for 35 years. As a team owner, his team had bagged three Rolex 24 at Daytona wins. Brumos Racing already had eight Rolex 24 at Daytona and a total of 10 wins at Daytona. He played a pioneering role for the formation of the Grand American Road Racing Association and the Daytona Prototype class. Bob Snodgrass was solely responsible for Brumos Racingâ€™s entry into the motorsports circuit. He was well known for his humor and wit and was an accomplished vintage-car racer. Bob Snodgrass and Peter Gregg owned the Brumos Porsche from 1965 until his death in 1980.
Rolex’s association with motorsports began in the 1930s with Malcolm Campbell. While wearing a Rolex Oyster in 1935, Malcolm Campbell was the first person to drive an automobile over 300 miles per hour, setting a new land speed record. Rolex truly solidified its position in the sport in 1959 when it began an association with the Daytona International Speedway in Florida. Few years later, Rolex became the title sponsor of its pre-eminent endurance race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, in 1992. It was shortly after its initial affiliation with the race track that Rolex introduced a watch designed for speed lovers, the Cosmograph Daytona, which allows its wearer to clock elapsed times and calculate average speeds!