Live Updates: Canadian Tire 200

With Seneca Lake in the background, Rolex Series teams begin unloading for Saturday's Canadian Tire 200.

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 hits the home stretch this weekend, beginning a pair of back-to-back two-hour sprints that will play a critical role in determining the 2011 champions.

Following Saturday’s Canadian Tire 200 and the Montreal 200 on Saturday, Aug. 20 at Circuit Gilles Villeneneuve, the only race remaining is the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Saturday, Sept. 17.
France Hits Century Mark (Updated Friday at 8:44 a.m.)

JC France will acheive a milestone in Saturday’s Canadian Tire 200. The driver of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Porsche/Riley will be making his 100th start in a Daytona Prototype.

“It seems like yesterday we were testing the very first DP,” said France. “It has truly been a dream come true to race with and against the best drivers in the world.”

France’s name was on the door of the artist’s rendering of the first DP, which was unveiled on the eve of the 2002 Rolex 24 At Dayonta. Brumos owner Bob Snodgrass announced that France and five-time Rolex 24 winner Hurley Haywood would drive the first Fabcar DP – painted in the iconic Brumos Racing colors. Snodgrass – an Elmira, N.Y. native – passed away in 2007.

France was the first overall winner of a DP race, achieved at Homestead-Miami Speedway in 2003 with Haywood. The two won the next event, at Phoenix International Raceway. France won earlier this year at Virginia International Raceway, sharing the “Bounty” for stopping Ganassi Racing’s winning streak with co-drivers Terry Borcheller and Joao Barbosa.
“The fact that my 100th race is going to be at Watkins Glen, home track of Bob Snodgrass, and given that my first DP start was in Bob’s famous 59 car makes it even more special,” France said.

Setup Day Thursday
Thursday was setup day at The Glen, with the camping grounds in and around the historic circuit already filling up as the Rolex Series teams unloaded.

Starworks Motorsport entered a pair of DPs on Thursday, the No. 2 Porsche/Riley for Jorg Bergmeister and Enzo Potolicchio, and a Ford/Riley for Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow.

Also setting up were a pair of teams making their Rolex Series debuts, Horton Autosport with the No. 73 Traxxas Porsche GT3 for Eric Foss and Patrick Lindsey, and the No. 97 Alliance Autosport Porsche GT3 to be driven by Mark Jensen and Scott Rettich.

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