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
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
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, described
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 front-wheel
FRIDAY, July 27
6:30 a.m. Public Gates Open
8-9 a.m. GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Combined Practice
9:15-9:30 a.m. GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Class Qualifying
9:35-9:50 a.m. GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST Class Qualifying
10-11 a.m. GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Combined Practice
11:15-11:30 a.m. GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series DP Class Qualifying
11:35-11:50 a.m. GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series GT Class Qualifying
Noon-12:35 p.m. Fan Pit Walk and Fan Fest, Pit Lane
12:20 p.m. GRAND-AM Driver Introductions
12:40 p.m. Invocation
12:41 p.m. National Anthem
12:45 p.m. GRAND-AM Parade Lap
1-3:30 p.m. Brickyard Sports Car Challenge GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Race (Two hours, 30 minutes)
4:10-7:10 p.m. Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Race (Three hours)
7:15-8:15 p.m. Live Music by Davy Knowles, Coca-Cola Stage, Pagoda Plaza
8:30 p.m. Public Gates Close
2012 Schedule - GRAND-AM at the BRICKYARD
Fan Walk Friday
Fans attending the full day of GRAND-AM Road Racing
action Friday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway will
be permitted to walk the pit lane from noon-12:35 p.m.,
getting an up-close look at the high-performance machinery
that will race later that day in the Brickyard Grand Prix and
Brickyard Sports Car Challenge.
Among the features during the Fan Walk will be a pit stop
demonstration by the reigning Daytona Prototype
championship team, TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with
Felix Sabates, and a driver autograph session.
Also, Grand-Am has an open paddock area so that fans can
get up close to the teams while they work on their cars.
Stars converge in GRAND-AM
An impressive list of Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400
veterans will compete in the GRAND-AM Brickyard Grand Prix
on Friday, July 27 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It's the inaugural GRAND-AM race at IMS, as Rolex Sports
Car Series Daytona Prototype and GT cars will race for three
hours on the 13-turn, 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course.
Indianapolis 500 veterans include 2000 winner Juan Pablo
Montoya, 2008 winner Scott Dixon, Paul Tracy, Eliseo
Salazar, Scott Pruett and Sebastien Bourdais.
Brickyard 400 veterans include 2010 winner Jamie
McMurray, Boris Said and Andy Lally.
Montoya, McMurray and Dixon are forming an all-star team of
Indianapolis winners, sharing the No. 02 Chevron BMW/Riley
fielded by Chip Ganassi.
The three-race North American Endurance Championship
presented by VISITFLORIDA.com also will be decided at this
event, with the Daytona Prototype champion team earning a
$100,000 bonus. The special series started with the Rolex 24
At Daytona in January and continued with the Sahlen's Six
Hours at the Glen on July 1 at Watkins Glen International.
Both Classes above race on the track at the same time.