The 2005 Grand American Road Racing Championship (Grand Am) was the sixth season of the series. A business model which controlled costs, had stable rules and avoided being on dependent on automotive manufacturers attracted many private teams. Based on the failure, of its predecessor, the United States Road Racing Championship in 1999 critics suggested that the Grand Am would suffer a similar fate. This was proving not to be the case as entries were continuing to grow.

In the first season of Grand Am competition there were five classes but by 2005 the series had reduced the number to two categories:

  • Daytona Prototype (DP): This class was introduced in 2003 and was established to replace the two existing Sports Racing Prototype groups. To control costs, the cars used a tube frame chassis rather than the expensive composites used to construct most prototype race cars. Also, expenses were contained by limiting modifications and implementing rules that would be in place for five years. Approved to produce the first generation of Daytona Prototypes - for a cost of approximately $400,000 were: Riley Technologies, Doran Designs, Crawford Race Cars, Fabcar Engineering, Chase Competition Engineering, Picchio and Multimatic. Costs were also controlled by restricting the engines to production based motors supplied by Pontiac, Lexus, BMW, Porsche, Ford and Infiniti. Engine displacement was used to determine the weight of a car and whether a five or six-speed transmission could be utilized.
  • Grand Touring (GT): In 2004, there were two production-based classes: Grand Touring and Super Grand Sport which initially competed in the Grand Am Cup division. These two categories were combined into a single class in 2005. Participating in this group were manufacturers such as Porsche, BMW, Chevrolet, Mazda, Ferrari and Pontiac. As with the Daytona Prototypes, engine displacement was used to establish the weight of different makes and models.

One of the top stories in 2005 was that Hoosier Racing Tires became the exclusive tire supplier for the series. Also making news was the addition of two new race tracks on the schedule. For the first time, the Grand Am series would compete at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

As in the past, the season opened in February with the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway and ended in Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. In between these two venues, there were events at Homestead-Miami, California Speedway, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mont-Tremblant, Watkins Glen, Barber Motorsports Park, Mid-Ohio, Phoenix International Raceway and Virginia International Raceway. There was a total of fourteen events with the series competing at Daytona twice and Watkins Glen three times.

Round five of the 2005 Gran Am Rolex Sports Car Series was held a Circuit Mont-Tremblant. This was the series fourth visit to this historic track located in the Laurentians of Quebec. This event would be six hours in length around the fifteen-turn 2.65-mile road course.

A split start was used with the Grand Touring group receiving the Starter’s flag after the Daytona Prototypes. Leading the twenty-one Grand Touring competitors on the first lap through turns four and five is the pole-sitter, Andy Lally driving The Racers Group prepared Porsche GT3 Cup. Trailing, Lally is the second and fourth place qualifiers, Spencer Pumpelly and Randy Pobst in the TPC Racing Porsches.
Qualifying the No. 2 Crawford DP03 was Milka Duno. In a field of nineteen DPs, Duno was the slowest. She gave her teammates, Andy Wallace and Jan Lammers the monumental task of moving the car into contention. And that they did, Wallace drove the final stint and challenged Max Angelelli and Scott Pruett for the lead. When Pruett slowed to conserve gas and Angelelli had transmission problems, he moved into first for the win.
The Prototype Technology Group entered three BMW M3s and had a driver mix that included professionals and amateurs. Slowest of the three cars in qualifying was the No. 22 shared by Ian James, Chris Gleason and Joey Hand. Starting twenty-sixth overall and seventh in GT, James moved the BMW into the class lead. After his stint, Hand took over and chased down and passed the race leader, David Murry for the victory.
The defending Daytona Prototype champion, Scott Pruett was the fastest qualifier driving the Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XI – this was the team’s third pole of the season. Sharing the No. 01 Riley with Pruett was Luis Diaz. Pruett was in the car for the final hour and was in a three-way battle with Max Angelelli and Andy Wallace. Concerned that there may not enough fuel to go the distance, he slowed and finished third.
Sharing the No. 65 Porsche GT3 Cup were Andy Lally and Marc Bunting. Lally handled the qualifying duties and was twentieth quickest but more importantly, he was the fast GT competitor. Lally led much of the first half of the race. During Buntings time behind the steering wheel, he was hit by another competitor which damaged the radiator. Repairs were made but the team fell out of contention and finished fourteenth.
The second Chip Ganassi entry was driven by Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson. Their best result to date was a fourth place in the opening round at Daytona. During the fifteen-minute qualifying session, Johansson was the fourth quickest. Johansson was able to pass the leader, Scott Pruett but shortly after that, he clouted the guardrail. Despite the damage, Johansson and Wagner were able to continue and finish second.
The pole-winning Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XI driven by Scott Pruett leads the field through Circuit Mont-Tremblant’s ‘Esses’ on the first lap. Behind Pruett, the competition follows in their qualifying order. First is Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Riley followed by the Orbit Racing entry driven by Guy Smith and then another Riley with former Ferrari F1 driver, Stefan Johansson behind the wheel.
Second quickest in the GT qualifying session was Spencer Pumpelly. Pumpelly shared one of the four Porsche GT3 Cups prepared by TPC Racing with John Littlechild. Unfortunately, their race ended on lap-20. Nic Jonsson in the No. 67 Riley was having an electrical issue and attempted to crawl back to the pits. In the spray, he was not clearly visible and Pumpelly hit him at a high rate of speed which caused the Porsche to retire.
Guy Smith and Jim Matthews shared the No. 39 Riley Mk XI. Smith was responsible for qualifying the car and recorded the third quickest time. The season had not started well for the duo their best result to date was in the previous round at Laguna Seca where they finished twelfth. After a great starting position, there was a reason for optimism. Unfortunately, contact with another car forced them to retire after just seven laps.
Synergy Racing entered two Porsches – one for Mae Van Wijk and road racing veteran, Price Cobb and another for Craig Stanton and David Murry. Stanton and Murry were the quicker pairing and started twenty-fifth overall and seventh in the GT class. In the final hour, Murry was behind the wheel and leading the category but he could not hold off the hard-charging BMW of Joey Hand and finished second.
Sharing the front row with the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley was the SunTrust entry of Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor. In qualifying, Angelelli missed capturing the pole-position by just 0.019-seconds. Despite a penalty for avoidable contact, the duo remained in contention. Angelelli was behind the wheel for the final stint and took the lead only to have the transmission develop an issue, he was slowed and finished sixth.
The quickest BMW in qualifying was the M3 shared by Justin Marks, Tom Milner and Joey Hand. Thanks to Hand, they were gridded twenty-second overall and third in GT. Hand started the race in the No. 16 car but was performing double duty and would finish the contest in the No. 22 BMW. As a result, he earned a third-place finish in the No. 16 BMW and claimed a victory in the No. 22 M3.

1DPDuno / Wallace / LammersCrawford DP03188-
2DPWagner / JohanssonRiley Mk XI188-
3DPDiaz / PruettRiley Mk XI188-
4DPMcDowell / GidleyRiley Mk XI188-
5DPBergmeister / FittipaldiRiley Mk XI188-
6DPTaylor / AngelelliRiley Mk XI188-
7DPLaw / Donohue / MaassenFabcar FDSC/03188-
8DPGoad / Camirand / GregoireCrawford DP03188-
9DPFrisselle / FrisselleDoran JE4188-
10DPKelleners / Borcheller / BarberDoran JE4187-
11DPForbes-Robinson / LeitzingerCrawford DP03183-
12DPFrance / Haywood / LuhrFabcar FDSC/03180-
13GTJames / Gleason / HandBMW M3180-
14GTMurry / Stanton / Van WijkPorsche GT3 Cup179-
15GTMarks / Milner / HandBMW M3179-
16GTPlumb / Levitas / DumoulinPorsche GT3 Cup179-
17GTSegal / BarbosaMaserati Trofeo179-
18GTFitzgerald / MatosPorsche GT3 Cup179-
19DPDayton / Borkowski / WildenRiley Mk XI178Overheating
20GTLonghi / AssentatoPorsche GT3 Cup178-
21DPBingham / Guenette / GuenetteRiley Mk XI178-
22DPGrala / LewisRiley Mk XI177-
23GTDavis / Tafel / GuePorsche GT3 Cup177-
24GTKeen / Friedman / PatchPorsche GT3 Cup177-
25GTAlhadeff / SigalPorsche GT3 Cup170-
26GTBrumbaugh / Master / BullockPorsche GT3 Cup169-
27GTMcKenzie / Mortmer / KroczekPorsche GT3 Cup169-
28GTBunting / LallyPontiac GTO.R165-
29GTCobb / Van WijkPorsche GT3 Cup164-
30GTWeinberg / Del Vecchio / SzekeresPontiac GTO161-
31GTNonnamaker / NonnamakerPorsche GT3 Cup158-
31DPMoreno / Ward / ZogaibCrawford DP03155-
33GTCollins / Valentine / AuberlenBMW M3111Accident
34DPBobbi / GollinDoran JE499Accident
35GTNonnamaker / LuxPorsche GT3 Cup97Accident
36GTGreenberg / Lazzaro / LiebPorsche GT3 Cup26Accident
37DPKrohn / JonssonRiley Mk XI20Accident
38GTPumpelly / LittlechildPorsche GT3 Cup20Accident
39DPMatthews / Smith / TiemannRiley Mk XI7Clutch
40GTRehm / Stroll / CoureyFerrari 360 Modena5Accident

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