On Friday, July 27, 2012, Indianapolis 500 fans will see the GRAND-AM Sports Car Series for the first time at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Rolex Sports Car Series is the top circuit sanctioned by GRAND-AM, whose drivers and teams will practice, qualify and race all on the same day on the 2.534-mile IMS road course. Many of the teams and drivers of the famed Indianapolis 500 compete in this series during their offseason, or at other stages in their careers. Those drivers and teams expected to compete at Indy include Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti and Chip Ganassi Racing.
The GRAND-AM Series features two classes - the exotic Daytona Prototypes and production-based GT cars - running simultaneously on the track.
One of the Daytona Prototype's top features is the ability to run any combination of engine and chassis - an extremely raceable and relatively affordable format that has revolutionized sports car racing with countless battles at the front of the field and close finishes in virtually every race. DPs are exotic, mid-engine machines that are purpose-built for competition, capable of speeds faster than 185 mph.
The Grand Touring (GT) class is home to production-based race cars that are similar in appearance to the latest high-performance sports cars. GT is a mixture of U.S.-produced muscle cars going against the international flavor, mainly German, Japanese and Italian models.
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is GRAND-AM's showcase for the latest in international and American-made high-performance sports cars, coupes and sedans straight from the dealer showroom floor. The CTSCC has two classes - Grand Sport and Street Tuner.