Grand-Am to revamp GT divisions

Grand American Road Racing Association has confirmed a two-year strategy towards a new format for the Grand Touring division of its Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2004, minor rule changes will allow current GT and GTS cars to be combined with cars with different specifications to form two classes. In 2005, the transition will be completed with a revised rules structure allowing production-based cars to compete head to head with tube-framed racecars in a single class

Grand-Am to revamp GT divisions

Chassis builders who construct cars to the 2005 GT standard will be allowed to compete with those cars during the 2004 season. "We're continuing the evolution of championship road racing that we began with the Daytona Prototypes," noted Grand-Am director of competition Mark Raffauf. "For all the same reasons that the Prototype rules were the right thing to do - more cost-effective, expanded eligibility and closer competition - the direction we are setting for GT is right for production-based racing."

Grand-Am will also move its Grand Sport I class from the Grand-Am Cup to the Rolex series and rename it Super Grand Sport. In 2004, the Grand Sport II class will be the top class in the Grand-Am Cup, as it has been in the past.

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