Bosch Engineering 250 Brings Rolex Prototypes Back to VIR
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Danville, VA (April, 14, 2009) - The Bosch Engineering 250 for the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 brings the sleek Daytona Prototypes and thunderous GT cars with their star drivers and cars to VIRginia International Raceway. This is the series' second race in 2009 with a 2:30 green flag Saturday afternoon, April 25.

The race at VIR has been one of the favorites on the schedule for drivers and crew alike. "It has always been one of my favorite tracks,Andy Wallace, winning co-driver in the 2002 Daytona Prototype event. "VIR has a little bit of everything. Both the North course and the long course provide a good challenge .... The Esses are the best section of any race course anywhere. I just love to drive that section. VIR has it all - high speed, challenging turns, and beautiful setting."

"The series opening race at Daytona was the closest finish in the 47 year history of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and any other major international 24-hour race, for that matter,"said Grand-Am Manager of Communications J.J. O'Malley. "After 24 hours of racing, David Donohue edged Juan Pablo Montoya to the checkered flag by .167 seconds," with the next two cars 5.504 and 10.589 seconds behind the leader.

"After the thrilling race at Daytona, we expect our race to be even closer," says VIR general manager Josh Lief. "VIR has been the site of some of the best races in Rolex Series history and this year's teams look more evenly matched than ever."
Donohue started the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley on pole and in Victory Lane 24 hours later, celebrated the fourtieth anniversary of his father's win at Daytona in a Chevrolet-Lola T70. Donohue shared driving chores with co-drivers Darren Law, 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice and Spaniard and 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans class winner Antonio Garcia.

Montoya with co-drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas had their string of wins snapped after three consecutive victories. Prior to the race last weekend, the record for closest finish of the Rolex 24 was 30.926 seconds, set in 2000. On Sunday, four drivers shattered that record when Joao Barbosa finished third in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, 5.504 seconds back, while Max Angelelli in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara was fourth, a mere 10.589 seconds behind after 24 hours of racing.

Holders of three-day tickets can sign up for the thrill of driving their own cars around VIR's scenic Full Course, or can ride in an Ariel Atom III supercar, or even win a ride in one of the track's Volkswagen R32 pace cars. Sign up for the rides at the information kiosk near the Prancing Horse sculpture near the Paddock entry and Skid Pad. Spectator tickets are available online at the web site by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" link. Teens aged fifteen and under are admitted free to VIR's spectator events when with a paid adult. Three-day tickets to the Bosch Engineering 250 will also be honored at the SCCA Muscle Milk Trans-Am and Oak Tree Double Nationals April 18-19, just another of VIR's fan-friendly bonuses.
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