First Road Atlanta Trip On Tap For Grand-Am

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The No. 01 BMW Riley of Scott Pruett & Memo Rojas leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., for the first time this weekend. (Grand-Am Photo)
The No. 01 BMW Riley of Scott Pruett & Memo Rojas leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series to Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., for the first time this weekend. (Grand-Am Photo)

BRASELTON, Ga. – Grand-Am visits the historic Road Atlanta circuit for the first time on Saturday with a pair of races featuring the Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The Rolex Series will compete in a two-hour, 45-minute race, at 4:30 p.m. ET (SPEED, live). The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will hold a two-hour, 30-minute race, starting at 11:30 a.m. (SPEED, April 27, 2 p.m. ET).

Many Grand-Am drivers are familiar with the ultra-quick 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit and the unique challenges it presents for drivers and teams.

“It’s difficult, it’s tough,” said Daytona Prototype points co-leader Scott Pruett, who drives the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley and is returning to race at Road Atlanta for the first time in several years. “It’s one of those places where it’s going to take a good balance of the race car to kind of get down through the esses and then obviously trying to blend how much downforce you run for drag down the back straight.

“I’m excited to get there, and it’s been a lot of years, but we can hardly wait to get on track on Thursday.”

“It’s going to be very challenging because of the racetrack layout,” added No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP driver Max Angelelli, who also has considerable previous experience at Road Atlanta. “You have slow speed corners and a very long straight. It’s going to be a little bit like Circuit of The Americas where teams will take different paths; more downforce, then you have to pay consequences on the long straight, or less downforce and you pay consequences on the slow corners.”