The Grand-Am Road Racing Series first came to race
at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2012, during the
NASCAR Brickyard 400 race weekend. This was the
first time that cars would be racing on the road course
during the same weekend that cars would be racing on
the 2.5-mile oval. They also race in the opposite
direction than the cars racing on the oval.
It consists of different series, two of which are racing at
Indy: The Rolex Series and the Continental Tire Sports
Car Series. Other series include the Ferrari Challenge,
Shell Historic and iRacing.com Sports Car seriese.
Grand-Am is based in Daytona Florida and the Rolex
Series is centered around the Rolex 24-Hour race at
Daytona but includes a wide variety of American,
Canadian, and Mexican tracks.
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (originally
known as Grand-Am Cup) are production-based
cars like you see on the street. A lot of cars are fielded
in this series and there will likely be 60-80 cars racing.
The two series are divided into several classes,
Rolex Series Daytona Prototype (DP) Class
A custom-built class built specifically for the Rolex Series. These cost-effective race
cars offer a relatively economical racing environment in which technology is carefully
controlled to ensure close racing and approximate parity between different chassis
and engines. For the 2012 season, the Rolex series rolled out Gen-III prototypes with
new bodies, engines and chassis. These new chassis were designed to keep costs
low while also creating body shapes with more brand characteristics. The new
chassis were headlined by Corvette and new Ford prototypes. These cars reach
185 mph down Indy's straightaway.
Rolex Series GT Class
The GT classes have also been simplified over the years, allowing for a variety of
American, European, and Japanese manufacturers to participate including Audi,
Chevrolet, Ferrari, BMW, Porsche, Ford and Mazda. Rules allow for tuned
production cars or custom tube frame chassis to be used.
Continental Tire Grand Sport (GS) Class
This class is intended for large capacity GT-style cars.
Continental Tire Street Tuner (ST) Class
This class consists of smaller sedans and coupes, some of which are
2013 Schedule - GRAND-AM at the BRICKYARD
Both Classes above race on the track at the same time.
8 am Gates Open
9 am - 10:50 am Continental Tire Challenge Practice
11 am - 12:50 pm Rolex Series Practice
1 pm - 1:50 pm Continental Tire Challenge Practice
2 pm - 2:50 pm Rolex Series Practice
3 pm - 3:20 pm Continental Tire GS Qualifying
3:30 pm - 3:50 pm Continental Tire ST Qualifying
4 pm - 4:20 pm Rolex Series DP Qualifying
4:30 pm - 4:50 pm Rolex Series GT Qualifying
5 pm - 6 pm Live Music - Main Street
5 pm - 9pm NASCAR Hauler Parade - Main Street
6 pm Speedway Gates Close
6:45 pm - 7:45 pm Pit Stop Challenge - Main Street
8 pm - 9 pm Live Music - Main Street
General Admission - $10
6:30 a.m. Gates Open
8:30 am - 10 am NASCAR Nationwide Practice
10:30 am - 11:25 am NASCAR Nationwide Practice
11 am - 12:15 pm GRAND-AM Fan Fest
11:35 am - 1 pm NASCAR Sprint Cup Practice
1:30 pm - 1:50 pm Continental Tire Pre-Race
1:50 pm Sports Car Challenge Race (2 hours)
4:45 pm - 5 pm Rolex Pre-Race
5:10 pm Brickyard Grand Prix (3 hours)
8:30 p.m. Gates Closed
General Admission - $30