2007 Rolex Series Schedule
There are some subtle changes to the just announced 2007 Rolex calendar, which Grand Am president Roger Edmondson describes as “a continuation of many successful events from the past several years alongside two exciting new events. Continuity is key at this stage in the development of the Rolex Series as we continue to build a series of exciting and competitive events. We feel strongly that our 2007 calendar will once again deliver excitement to race fans throughout North America, in addition to extremely attractive markets for our teams, sponsors and drivers.”

The Daytona Prototypes will compete 14 times, with 13 GT races.

So two of the 15 dates are for DPs only (Watkins Glen and Infineon, both in August), while the GTs will again enjoy a DP-free track at Lime Rock. Phoenix is dropped for 2007.

In a substantial change, five of the 12 ‘DPs and GTs present’ meetings will see the two classes not competing together.

“As car counts in both the Daytona Prototype and GT classes continue to increase, it has become necessary for us to run class-specific races at some of our shorter venues,” explains Roger Edmondson. “We view these events as great opportunities to give each class their rightful place in the spotlight. That said, we also recognize that sports car racing has a long and illustrious history featuring multiple (two) classes running at the same time, and we will remain true to our heritage in our endurance events and other races where track length and pit space is plentiful.”

The two new venues are at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montreal (early August) and the small Iowa Speedway in mid-July (separate races).

Four of the events are clashes with ALMS weekends, although the ALMS races are typically Saturday affairs, the Rolex ones run on Sunday (May 19 – 20) July 21 – 22, August 10 – 11 [ALMS Sunday, GA Saturday] and August 25 – 26).

The season-closer at Miller Motorsports Park is now described as “1,000 kilometers or nine hours, whichever comes first”. With as few cautions as in the inaugural race, that should make it a six and a half hour event, presumably avoiding the need to run in darkness.

2007 Schedule
Jan. 27-28 Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, 24 Hours
March 3 Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez – Mexico City, 400 km (with NASCAR Busch)
March 24 Homestead-Miami Speedway – Homestead, 400 km (with IRL)
April 28-29 Virginia International Raceway – Alton, Va. 400 km (separate races)
May 19-20 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, Calif. 400 km (separate races)
May 28 Lime Rock Park – Lakeville, Conn. 400 km GT only
June 9 Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, 6 hours
June 23-24 Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course – Lexington, Ohio 400 km (separate races)
July 5 Daytona International Speedway – Daytona Beach, 250 miles (one day event, with NEXTEL Cup)
July 14 Iowa Speedway – Newton, Iowa 400 km (separate races)
July 21-22 Barber Motorsports Park – Birmingham, Ala. 400 km (separate races)
Aug. 3 Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve – Montreal, Quebec, 400 km (one day event, with NASCAR Busch)
Aug. 10 Watkins Glen International – Watkins Glen, N.Y. 200 miles DP only (Friday race, with NEXTEL Cup)
Aug. 25 Infineon Raceway – Sonoma, Calif. 400 km DP only (with IRL)
Sept. 15 Miller Motorsports Park – Tooele, 1,000 km (or 9 hours)

 

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