Oct. 10 Grand-Am Championship: 5 Teams Separated by Just 32 Points

Grand Am too close to call

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Championship is coming down to the wire (photo courtesy John Harrelson, Getty Images Sport)

For the first time ever, Homestead-Miami Speedway will host the Championship finale of Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, and this one is shaping up to be a doozy. The Top 5 teams are separated by all of 32 points—total.

And it all comes down to Oct. 10 in Miami, when Grand-Am crowns Champions during the NextEra Energy Resources SPEEDJAMsm Championships. Great seats are available by clicking here.

“I have to believe that this one is going down to the last lap in the last race at Homestead,” said Ganassi driver Scott Pruett in previewing the  ChampionshipssmOct. 9-10 NextEra Energy Resources SPEEDJAM at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

With just two events remaining before the Championship finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 10, Pruett and Memo Rojas led the No. 99 GAINSCO Pontiac Riley team (Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty) by four points (248-244). Again, all of the Top 5 teams are separated by just 32 points.
“It’s going to be a fight to the finish….At this point, it’s really our own little ‘Chase’….where whoever runs the best in these races wins the championship.”

After this weekend’s race at Montreal, there will be just two races left before the Grand-Am Rolex Series heads to Homestead-Miami Speedway to crown a Champion. And just how close is the Daytona Prototype competition in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series? 

● There have been six races decided by less than one second.

● The eight 2009 races have had five different winners and five pole winners. Last season, there were six race winners and nine pole winners.

● David Donohue of Brumos Racing opened the year by holding off Miami resident Juan Pablo Montoya in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by .167 seconds—the closest finish in the history of endurance racing.

● Pruett won by .154 seconds over Max Angelelli at the Six Hours of The Glen.

● Angelelli beat Gurney to the stripe on July 4 in Daytona, by all of .270 seconds.

The nimble GT class also will settle their season-long campaign at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Oct. 10. Alex Job Racing, the Racer’s Group and Dempsey Racing all trail Farnbacher Loles Racing in seeking the Championship title at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Pruett will be seeking his second consecutive—and third career—championship in the Daytona Prototype class, to be decided at Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 10. “That’s what Grand-Am is all about,” he said. “There are a few cars that will be in the mix for the points championship, and it will go right down to the final race of the season at Homestead-Miami Speedway.”
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