GrandAm – Southern Swing

Grand-Am Road Racing continues its march through the southern U.S. Following the season-opening 24 Hours At Daytona, and races in Elroy, Texas and Birmingham, Alabama, Grand-Am rolls into scenic Braselton, Georgia.

As Open Paddock’s “southern photographer” I have foregone a cross-country trek to see the American Le Mans and IndyCar races in Long Beach, California in favor an easy drive to Road Atlanta Raceway in Braselton.

I’ll share photographs of practice, qualifying, and racing of Grand-Am Road Racing’s Rolex Sports Car Series and Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge.

This is Grand-Am Road Racing’s first visit to venerable Road Atlanta. Park Place Racing driver Patrick Long, who’s raced prototypes and grand-touring cars at Road Atlanta in the American Le Mans Series, says, “Road Atlanta is a place with a ton of pedigree and heritage … elevation changes, lots of blind crests, and great hard-braking places, so plenty of overtaking” [will take place].

Ryan Dalziel, who races prototypes in three racing series from U.S. to Dubai, likens Road Atlanta to Virginia International Raceway and looks forward to racing on it (and winning again) in the #2 Starworks Ford-Riley.

The main event of the weekend, The Visual Studio Ultimate Grand Prix of Atlanta, will be aired on Sirius/XM radio, Motorsports Radio Network FM radio, and Speed TV at 4:30 (Eastern) on Saturday, April 20.