Monday, January 14, 2013

GRAND AM: ‘Scots to spoil Brazilian Sports Car invasion?

Read an entertaining article about how the ‘Wee Scots could be set to sweep all three classes this year at Daytona, albeit there’s a Heluva lot more Brazilian’s running this year’s Rolex 24 than Scots.

And although I doubt this will happen, nevertheless you’d have to say that they’ve at least got a very good shot at the overall victory with thee “Scottish Terrier” Alan McNish partnering Ryan “Razzle Dazzle” Dalziel in the No. 2 Starworks riley-Ford DP.

Meanwhile, on the opening day of the test, the two merging series factions announced a preliminary multiple class structure for the 2014 merged Sports Cars series, which not surprisingly doesn’t include the all conquering P1 category - which has struggled to field multiple challengers for several years now - especially since the Grand Am has spent so much effort upon its flagship Daytona Prototype (DP) class.

Also, testing results were interesting with AJ Allmendinger leading the way over the two Target cars on Day-1, while a somewhat surprising Dane Cameron in the brand new Team Sahlen Riley-BMW bested the Michael shank Racing duo of Michael Valiante & Allmendinger respectively on Day-2. Final day testing saw Valiante lead the way by posting the tests overall quickest time...

Day-1 saw the defending GT class champion Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally on the point, while my ‘Homeboyz Parkplace Motorsports Porsche 911 driven by Patrick Long was fastest on Day-2 en route to being quickest overall.

Another veteran racer, Shane Lewis was fastest overall in the new GX class - leading the way aboard his No. 16 Porsche Cayman GTR while sharing quickest times with teammate David Donohue; as we’re less than two weeks away from the green flag being unfurled - which Y’all can watch live on SPEED, beginning Saturday Jan 26 at 3PM ET...