May 22, 2013

With less than 90 days before GRAND-AM Road Racing debuts at Kansas Speedway, here’s some background on the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

Drivers hail from all over the world. Outside of the United States, drivers are from Italy, Portugal, Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, England, Scotland and Brazil.  

Don’t worry, though, local race fans will have a Missouri driver to root for – John Potter, who is originally from St. Louis. Potter drives for Magnus Racing in the Rolex Series and finished seventh in the GT point standings last year with wins at the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the inaugural event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 

In the Rolex Series, Daytona Prototypes (DP) are the most widely known cars with approved engines from Chevrolet, Ford, Porsche and BMW and can reach a top speeds of up to 195 mph. The Grand Touring (GT) class are production-based cars built from the street and modified for the track, with top speeds reaching 180 mph. Among cars eligible for competition in GT are Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Audi R8, BMW M3, Chevrolet Camaro GT.R and Corvette, Ferrari 458, Ford Mustang, Lamborghini Gallardo, Mazda RX-8 and Porsche GT-3.

The Continental Sports Car Challenge is a showcase for the latest in international and American-made high performance sports cars, coupes and sedans straight from the dealer showroom floor. The starting field for the Sports Car Challenge regularly features more than 60 cars in two classes –  Grand Sport (GS), which features  Ford Mustang’s and Chevrolet Camaro’s competing with  BMW M3’s and Porsche 997’s among others. The Street Tuner (ST) class is GRAND-AM’s offering to the import and compact crowd featuring  Honda Civic’s, Mazda MX-5’s and  Kia Forte Koup’s among the many eligible models.

All of these classes will be competing at Kansas Speedway, which is one of three new courses for GRAND-AM this year and only the second night race of the season for the Rolex Series. Kansas Speedway will be one of the final stops of the season for GRAND-AM as both series have two races remaining after Aug. 17.

The Rolex Series returns to action on June 1 at Belle Isle (Detroit) for race number five of 12 and the Continental Series returns to action on June 15 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for race number five of 11.

Tickets are on sale now for the GRAND-AM weekend by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or click here. Tickets for Aug. 17 are $60 and fans can also purchase paddock (garage) access for $15. Aug. 16 is free general admission access and fans can purchase a paddock (garage) pass for $15.

Tickets for Kansas Speedway’s October races are on sale now, too, by calling 866.460.RACE (7223) or logging onto The Hollywood Casino 400 (the fourth race in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup) is Oct. 6 and tickets start at $64. The Kansas Lottery 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is Oct. 5 and the Kansas Lottery 98.9 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards race is Oct. 4.

Parking is always free at Kansas Speedway and fans can bring in one 14x14x14-inch soft-sided cooler with their favorite food and beverages.

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Photo provided by Phil Abbott/Apex Photography.