The Rolex Grand-Am Series decides to split ways from IndyCar 2010 onwards.
Online PR News – 19-March-2010 – – The magic that the Rolex Grand-Am Series together with its open wheel cousin IndyCar created at Homestead last year will not be replicated this year. The officials of the Grand-Am series have decided not to share the spotlight and the screen space with the IndyCar. The step has come as a result of the last year’s official viewership figures of the series. According to the data, the viewership of the main races of the grand event was a lot more than what was received by the IndyCar events telecasted by the cable live from the Homestead-Miami speedway. However, the live audience reactions that the IndyCar registered last year during the top end races of the Grand-Am for the Grand Prix of Miami, told a different story. Apparently, the open-wheel partner of the series got a good deal of attention from the media and the general public making it to about 30,000 people in the court last October.
Speaking about the new format of the series, David Spitzer, Vice President of the Grand Am series said that having IndyCar as an open wheel feels great, however the organizers had to take the decision keeping the sponsors and the team of the Grand Am series in mind so as to build a foundation for them.
This year the Rolex Grand-Am series will be seen flagging the race on its own preceded by the Continental Tire Classification Homestead 200. The event will take place in South Florida in front of comparatively closed group of audience. The Rolex Grand Am series has left no stone unturned for the good response from the crowd of South Florida. From restaurants and Bars to the local malls of South Florida, Grand-Am’s organizing team has flooded the city to attract the fan following of the series. The celebrated series- Rolex Grand Am Sports car series has also tied up with the famous television series Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey who will be seen competing in the race as well. The star will be seen racing in the Grand Prix’s Grand touring secondary division.
In addition, the organizing team of the series has also decided to offer a ticket worth $40 which will enable the fans to get a rare chance to meet the star Patrick Dempsey as well as his team mate Joe Foster. The star will also be taking forward the cause of Cancer, Hope and Healing through the event. Patrick Dempsey will be seen becoming a part of the race which will last for about two hours and 45 minutes. The star who will be seen driving in the Mazda looked elated at the development and said that he was excited about the fact that he was supporting the wonderful league of drivers to build a better series. The Grand Prix of Miami will see basically two types of cars participating in the event, one being the Daytona Prototype and other being the GT Series. This year’s Rolex Grand Am Sports Car Series will see the drivers racing on the track which is about 2.23 mile long with more than 14 challenging turns.
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