Nissan announced today that they’re joining GRAND-AM Road Racing as an Official Promotional Partner, and will support teams in both the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Nissan will also have a presence at four GRAND-AM events with its consumer display.
Nissan’s GRAND-AM history includes three Rolex Series victories, including the SRP II class in the 2003 Rolex 24 At Daytona in a one-two finish for Team Seattle. Hypersport (now Dempsey Racing) also ran an Infiniti-powered Doran Daytona Prototype in two 2005 races.
Nissan has four victories in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition, winning two races and finishing second in the 2004 manufacturers’ championship standings.
Ron Stukenberg, Nissan Motorsports Marketing Manager, says: “Nissan is delighted to be a part of an expanding field in GRAND-AM racing. Any racing series benefits from diversity and Nissan is happy to add its rich racing tradition to GRAND-AM’s growing roster. We anticipate a great season of racing, and we look forward to interacting with racing fans at the Nissan Innovations display and owner car corrals in 2012.”
Many of you here at NICOclub.com will remember the Team HLM / NICOclub Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series G35 that campaigned for two years in 2005-2006 in the GT division.
As any true Nissan Motorsports fanatic knows, Nissan played a dominant role in American sports car racing in the late 1990s and early 1990s, winning four consecutive IMSA GTP championships beginning in 1988.
Scott Pruett scored his first victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 1994 driving a Nissan 300ZX. It was Nissan’s second overall triumph in the Rolex 24, following a 1992 win in a Group C Prototype.
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