The Rolex Sports Car Series Set To Take Montreal 200 By Storm in 2011


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Rolex Sports Car Series

The countdown to the Rolex Sports Car Series is getting shorter by the day. One of the most exciting sports car series in the western hemisphere is only days away and the teams are in the process of gearing up. The Rolex 24 At Daytona is known to open the sports car racing season for the United States each year in the month of January. While the Roar Before the Rolex 24 gives all the teams a taste of how the Rolex 24 At Daytona would be, there is no knowing about which way the series could actually swing. The Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most anticipated race car competitions in the United States as well as Canada. With stellar driving lineups, powerful chassis and fiercely competitive teams, fans as well as media have a lot to look forward to.

Just as in the previous years, the 2011 Rolex Sports Car Series will be making a stopover at the Montreal 200 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. For now the dates have been decided to be August 19-20. Last year the Rolex Sports Car Series rumbled into the Montreal 200 on the August 27th and 28th. The circuit boasts of a 15-turn road course. It is not only a venue for the Rolex Sports Car Series, but also for other prestigious races such as the Formula One Canadian Grand Prix, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Canadian Tire Series. The 2.709 mile circuit is said to be one of the quietest places in Montreal, as it is located in the middle of a river and is open to visitors during the off-season for activities including walking, biking, running and in-line skating. However, as soon as any of the sports car series hit the circuit it turns into the nosiest and even the serenity of the island cannot conceal the enthusiasm of the drivers, race cars and fans.

Montreal 200 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

The track record for the Rolex Sports Car Series at the Montreal 200 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve stands at 1:33.199. The record has been set in 2008 by Scott Pruett as part of the Chip Ganassi Racing team in the Daytona Prototype class. It would be fascinating to see whether any team can pursue and beat this track record this year. The Rolex Sports Car Series is not only an attraction for the most talented racers in the motorsports world, but is also known to appeal to race car manufacturers. The sports car event is known to bring out the best of drivers, chassis and teams onto the tracks. It is one of the most eagerly awaited and enthusiastically followed sports car series in the world, next only to the Grand Prix. With most of the teams already announcing their final driver lineup, it is only a matter of time when the roaring mayhem will be in town for the city of Montreal to witness. The sponsor for the series, Rolex is known to support an assortment of sporting events in order to recognize and reward the most talented sportspersons in their class. The events sponsored by Rolex provide a global platform for sportspersons from around the world to compete and prove their mettle.

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