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Continental Debuts New Tire and Sets Records at Grand-Am Rolex Series in Daytona - Web Exclusive

The season started yesterday at Daytona International Speedway and already four different track records were established in the opening qualifying sessions.

Jan 28, 2011

The Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series is one of the most competitive road racing series in North America, which is why Continental is extremely proud to be the official tire of the '11 season. The season started yesterday at Daytona International Speedway and already four different track records were established in the opening qualifying sessions. The day marked the first official on-track action for Continental Tire.

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Running in the top Daytona Prototype class with the Continental ExtremeContact race tires, Jorg Bergmiester set a fast lap time of 1:40.099 seconds with a Porsche-powered Riley. The GT Class also saw history being made, as Dominik Farnbacher's Porsche posted a quick time of 1:48.781 to also set a new record in the GT Class.

There was still history to be made, as the cars of the Sports Car Challenge took to the track to set the grid for Friday's Grand-Am 200. Rum Bum Racing's Nick Longhi, who won the final race of the '10 season, started off with his pole-winning time of 1:56.959-seconds, nearly three full seconds faster than the previous record. The VW GTI of Ryan Ellis also posted a record-setting effort with a time nearly two seconds quicker than the previous mark.

The Grand-Am 200 will take the green flag on Friday at 1:30 PM ET, with SPEED delivering the race broadcast February 5th at 3:00 PM.

The 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 3:00 PM ET on Saturday, January 29.

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