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Grand Am Gears Up For Busiest Week Of The Season

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On: Fri, May 28, 2010 at 11:26AM | By: John Welch

Grand Am Gears Up For Busiest Week Of The Season

After four weeks of heel cooling and relaxation, the Grand-Am Series revs back up this weekend, at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. The Lime Rock circuit has never hosted a Grand-Am event; series regulars are excited about the opportunity to race at the historic venue. Scott Pruett, Ganassi/BMW Racing driver: "I feel it's going to be a unique opportunity for everyone. It's a one-day event, which means as a team you have to be ready to roll right when you come off the truck - and the Ganassi team continually shows a lot of ability in that respect."

How’s this for a crammed schedule: The teams practice, qualify and race on Monday. After the race, they will pack up and head straight to New York for the Sahlens 6 Hour at Watkins Glen. The next weekend. Yikes.

That race, a six-hour endurance race at the famed Watkins Glen course, will feature star power in the form of Hendrick Motorsport's Jimmie Johnson. More on that next week; right now we are focusing on the Connecticut farmland and Lime Rock Park. This race at the 1.5 mile Lime Rock circuit will be a one-day event. Practice begins at 9 a.m. ET, with qualifying at 11:55 a.m. and the green flag waving around 2 p.m.

This is the first Rolex Series race at Lime Rock, but the teams were given a special, one-day practice session back in April. Pruett wasn't able to take part with his Ganassi teammate Memo Rojas, but he isn't worried. “That test was quite short because of the rain and very cold weather," Pruett said. "So basically, no one's been there before."

Pruett and Rojas have won three races in a row, their only stumble coming at the Rolex 24. Since that season-opening race, the Ganassi BMW's have steamrolled the entire field, cruising to victory at Homestead, Barber Motorsports park in Alabama, and Virginia International Raceway. If they were able to take the win at Lime Rock, the Ganassi team would set a new Grand-Am record for consecutive wins. ‘Four in a row’ is a pretty rad achievement, considering the level of competition in Grand-Am. Ganassi doesn't get any free-bee's here as he does, regularly, in the IRL. "That would be very exciting, but at the same time we have to be smart," Pruett said. "That's what we've been doing all year, and we just have to continue doing the same thing."

Below, drivers preview the up-coming race at Lime Rock. They seem, I don't know . .. a little spooked maybe?

This video was taken during the open test at Lime Rock, in April. Just to give you an idea of how gorgeous Lime Rock is, in case you have never seen it.
Since there has never been a Rolex race at Lime Rock, I can't fill a gallery with images from years-past. What to do in this situation? Why rehash old ess, of course! The image gallery is filled with the best from 2010's five previous races . . .

Photo Gallery (click a thumbnail to enlarge)


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