On the Fourth of July, race fans attending the Daytona International Speedway will be in for quite a treat.
As usual, they will get to see the stars of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race four-hundred miles on the 2.5 mile superspeedway Satruday night for the Coke Zero 400.
But to add to the excitement, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series will run the Brumos Porsche 250 on Saturday afternoon, using the infield road course.
Grand-Am used to race at Daytona on the Thursday of the NASCAR weekend, but attendance was always low as the stock car fans would only travel to the track for the stock car racing.
This will no doubt solve the attendance problem as the NASCAR fans will witness the sports cars as an appetizer before watching what they came for.
It will be a one day affair for the Grand-Am crews and drivers as practice and qualifying will be done on Saturday morning.
"This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase our exciting style of racing in front of more than 100,000 fans," said Grand-Am President Roger Edmondson. "Coming off the photo finish of last year's race, along with the exciting conclusion of the recent Rolex 24, non-traditional sports car fans will experience a terrific show."
History of the Grand-Am July race at Daytona goes back quite a while.
From 1967 to 1983, the race began at midnight on July 4 and ended later that morning to begin the NASCAR race formerly run during the afternoon.
Grand-Am revived the event in 2000 putting it on Thursday.
The Brumos Porsche 250 is round seven of 12 on the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series schedule as the Coke Zero 400 is round eighteen of thirty-six on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series schedule.
This will no doubt be an exciting Saturday of racing and I can't wait!
Thanks to speedtv.com for comments by Roger Edmondson.