Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Spirit Of Daytona Team Hopes For A Good Show At The Rolex Sports Car Event At Mid-Ohio

The Spirit of Daytona team has been working hard to develop a Daytona Prototype car for the Rolex Sports Car Series. The team has made many changes in the last few years in order to become more competitive, explaining the phasing out of the old Spirit of Daytona No. 09 car. The old car was replaced by a brand new No. 90 Porsche Coyote, driven by the newly signed duo of Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia.

The changes seem to have worked in favor of the team. Halfway through the season the team has progressed well with its new No.90 Porsche Coyote, notching impressive results throughout. The team is currently in the sixth position, courtesy its podium finish in the last race. The team-mates were thrilled after the Spirit of Daytona No. 90 Porsche V8 got the teams its first ever victory in the Daytona Prototype class. Buddy Rice, reflecting [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

2010 Rolex Sports Car Series Awards Banquet To Be Held In Las Vegas City

The organizers of GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series have announced that this year’s Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No.16 Awards Banquet will be held in Las Vegas on the 13th of September.

The awards banquet is to be held two days after the season finale at the Miller Motorsport Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. This is the third time the awards banquet will be coming to the city of Las Vegas, which had previously hosted the awards banquet in2004 and 2006-08.

The awards banquet is to honor the top three position grabbers in the Daytona Prototype and the Grand Touring class, featuring the driving and manufacturer’s championship, along with Pro-AM winners, MESCO Building for the future Rookie of the Year and a host of other awards. The awards ceremony is to be hosted by SPEED TV Analyst, Calvin Fish and Pit lane reporter, Chris Neville.

The Rolex [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Monday, June 28, 2010

Memo Gidley Makes Waves In The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Following A Good Run At The Glen

The No.77 McDonalds/PR Newswire Daytona Prototype, driven by Memo Gidley and Dion Von Moltke has been able to grasp the attention of racing enthusiasts basically due to its exceptional performance at the recently concluded Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. The team has been performing consistently over a period of time and Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, presented by Crown Royal Cask No 16 was witness to the same. the Six Hours of Glen happens to be the fifth round in the Grand-AM Rolex Sporst Car Series. Memo Gidley has been aparticipant of the rolex Sports Car Series since 2005 and has always managed to finish in the top five positions. This year at the Rolex 24 At Daytona he competed along with Brad Jaeger, Fabrizio Gollin and Derek Johnston.

The team performed well in the practice sessions, scorching the racing tracks time after time. The team came second [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Friday, June 25, 2010

Bennett Racing To Sit Out The GRAND-AM Rolex Car Series Event At Daytona International Speedway

Bennett racing plans to sit out the GRAND-AM Rolex Car Series at Brumos Porsche 250 Daytona International Speedway, in order to fine tune the performance of its car in-keeping with the other competitors in the GT Class. The car No. 56 Ferrari F430 Challenge performed below expectation at the Bosch Engineering 250 at the Virginia International Raceway, finishing a poor 15th.

The result forced the team to rethink its strategy at the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, in order to be competitive. According to the new strategy, the team would now compete in New Jersey Motorsports held during the mid of July and the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen in the beginning of August.

The team comprising of owner Skip Bennett, co-owner Mike Davidson, Mike Skeen, Jonathan Allen and Chris Cobetto also aim to race at the Rolex 24 at Daytona next year.

According to Mike Skeen, the main aim of [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Thursday, June 24, 2010

USA Emerges Victor At The Rolex Sponsored Curtis Cup

The United States team emerged as the undisputed victor at the Rolex Sponsored Curtis Cup held at the Essex Country Club, defeating Great Britain and Ireland. The 6,247 yard, par 70 venue golfing event came to an end after Jennifer Johnson made a 2 foot putt on the 14th hole.

The team from Great Britain and Ireland tried their best on Sunday, winning four of the eight matches that were scheduled for the day. However, this was not sufficient to wipe off earlier deficits. With this victory United States has won 27 of the matches held since 1932. Great Britain and Ireland have won six times each, with the last victory coming their way in 1996.

Just minutes before the winning putt was made by Jennifer Johnson, the teams exchanged victories with Alexis Thomson from US defeating Great Britain’s Sally Watson, and Great Britain’s Danny McVeigh outmaneuvering Jennifer Song. The win [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Rolex America’s Cup Hall Of Fame Honors Sailing Legends At A Glittering Ceremony In Newport

The Rolex America’s Cup Hall of Fame honored sailing legends in a glittering ceremony presided over by the President of Herreshoff Marine Museum. Those honored, included living legends like Brad Butterworth and Tom Whidden and sailing legends from the past like Hank Haff and William Fife. The ceremony also doubled as a fundraiser for the America’s Cup Hall of Fame.

The award ceremony witnessed the presence of many personalities including the Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Ken Read, Henry H. Anderson, Ted Hood, Bruno Bich, Mike Toppa, Peter Harrison and the 2003 Hall of Fame inductee Gary Jobson.

Rolex America’s Cup Hall of Fame inductee Butterworth said that the recognition wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of his team-mates Mathew Mason, Simon Daubney, Murray Jones, Russell Coutts and Warwick Fleury. Butterworth also praised fellow inductee Tom Whidden lavishly, saying that he used to look up to these guys as role [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Song Wins Second Rolex Sponsored Women’s Golf Event In Two Weeks

Christine Song of Fullerton bagged two tournaments in a row by winning the Rolex Women’s Golf Event at the $135,000 Teva Championship. The win at the Time Warner Cable event came one week after her maiden victory at the Iowa tournament. Even though not at her usual best she was able to beat the tournament record set in 2007, finishing fifteen under par at the Golf Centre in Kings Island.
The second round of the Rolex Golf Event could not be finished on Saturday because of scattered showers, making it difficult for competitors to tee off the greens. However, the second round resumed the next day in much better conditions allowing Christine Song to take the lead after scoring a 68. However, she was not pleased with her performance, saying that it was an “OK round”. Her run of scores at the event included a bogey at number three, followed [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Monday, June 21, 2010

Rolex’s Young Laureates Program To Honor Young Achievers In Switzerland

The 13th edition of the Rolex’s Young Laureates program will be held at the highly respected Swiss University, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) on the 11th of November, 2010. The previous edition of this prestigious ceremony was hosted by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein in Dubai, UAE. The event will be held at the Rolex Learning Center this year, which is considered to be one of the most important hubs of educational exchange in the world.

As a part of the selection process 27 young innovators were shortlisted for the awards. The Jury chose five candidates from this list of 27 on the basis of their contributions in science and technology, health, applied technology, exploration and environment and cultural preservation. The five visionaries chosen under the Rolex Young Laureates Program have been selected from United States, Nigeria, Ethiopia, India and the Philippines.

The Rolex Young Laureates program is an extension [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Friday, June 18, 2010

Rolex Women’s Golf Tour Goes Underway At The 2010 State Farm Classic

The Rolex Women’s Golf championship goes underway at the Panther Creek Country Club beginning June 14, 2010. This the first time the LPGA tour will be held without two of its most famous protagonists: Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. However, it is felt that the time is ripe for the contenders to stake their claim for the number one position.

Until now the LPGA tour has been dominated by the rivalry between Annika Sorenstam and Lorena Ochoa. However, with Lorena’s retirement there is a sudden vacuum in the LPGA tour that needs to be filled in order to build the next big rivalry; so necessary to market the game.

The contenders include South Korea’s Jiyai Shin, who took over the top position after the retirement of Lorena Ochoa last month. However, Jiyai Shin opted to give the tournament a miss citing ill health. Also missing would be the third seed, Suzann [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Mike Rockenfeller Joins Racing Greats After Double Whammy At Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series

Mike Rockenfeller joined an illustrious bunch of racing greats after registering victories at the Rolex 24 Daytona and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Sunday’s win at the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series meant that now he was a part of the exclusive inner circle of racing greats that includes the likes of Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert, Derek Bell and Jan Lammers.

The Action Express Racing team, represented by a Porsche powered Riley, included Joao Barbosa, Terry Borcheller and Ryan Dalziel.

Lee Keen, driving a Ferrari for the Hankook Team Farnbacher, was the only American to finish on the podium, taking the place of a close second to the eventual champion Mike Rockenfeller. Lee Keen did well in the 24 hour race at Nurburgring by finishing second in the previous month’s race. He is set to team up with James Gue in the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving Solutions Mazda RX-8 [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Shank Racing To Enter A Dallara For Round 7 Of The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series

Michael Shank Racing is to enter a new car for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series beginning in the month of June at Mid-Ohio. The replacement became necessary after the team’s No.6 Ford/Riley driven by Michael Valiante was damaged in a freak fire accident in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.

At the time of the accident the car was running in the tenth position, with the driver all set to close the race after solid performances from team-mates Mark Patterson and Brian Frisselle. Narrating the sequence of events that led to the accident, the driver said that he could feel the motor struggling to generate power before the car caught fire, seconds before he managed to jump to safety. According to him, it was a shame that the accident happened, ruining all the hard work put in by the Michael Shank Racing team.

Co-driver Brian Frisselle said that he [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Doyle Helps Team TRG Record Its Second Victory At The 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series

Veteran motorcycle racer, Bob Doyle helped his team record its second victory at the GRAND-AM Rolex Sport Car Series for the 2010 season. The opportunity to race with team TRG came as a pleasant surprise to the racing ace last week. Due to this late call the veteran driver had to miss practice sessions on Friday, arriving just in time for the race qualifications.

According to the driver, the invitation came as a surprise because he had not driven a car since January and he was not sure whether he would be able to negotiate the tough race conditions. However, the management at TRG, reposing faith in the ace driver, asked him to give his best in the allotted four laps. Doyle said that driving at that level was challenging even though he was in good physical condition. However, his teammates, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, were thrilled by his [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Monday, June 14, 2010

Pruett And Rojas Favorites To Win The 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series

The duo of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas struck a cautionary note when queried about their status of being the favorites to win this year’s GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. However, racing experts have already prophesied their victory on the back of a series dominating opening at this year’s racing championship.

The duo would have none of it, stating that it was too early to think about winning the championship as anything could happen in the remaining leg of the series. According to Pruett, thinking about winning the championship so early into the series could be their nemesis, explaining their reluctance to wear the ‘favorites’ tag. The duo has been on a winning streak, having won four of the six opening races in the No. 01 TELEMEX BMW/Riley, making them the firm favorites to win this year’s championship.

The duo of Pruett and Rojas has extended their lead over second placed [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Friday, June 11, 2010

Smaller Yachts Start Out As Favorites At The 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup

The 2010 Giraglia Rolex Cup is scheduled to begin from the 13th of June at Saint-Tropez, featuring yachts from all over the world. The rivalry between the Italians and the French is expected to spice up the competition; blending fierce competiveness on the water with a spirit of joie-de vivre outside.

The week long competition consists of three grueling days of inshore racing followed by a 245 nautical mile distance race. The race will be represented by 16 nations, with the European comity of nations racing under the European Union Flag. This truly international event will start with the inshore Series on Sunday, followed by the offshore event on Wednesday, June 16th.

The atmosphere on race day is expected to be lively because of the intense competition between the French and the Italians. The offshore competition, featuring 182 yachts, will take the competitors from Saint-Tropez to Giraglia Rock and then back [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gabriel Macht And The Rolex Cosmograph Daytona; Creating A Lasting Impression

In life we come across different types of people and each person we meet leaves an impression on us. Some people are always remembered because they leave a lasting impression. Rolex watches have also left a lasting impression with its entire collection of watches. The brand has been known for creating some of the best watches in the world with the most innovative technology. The watches created from the house of Rolex are extremely superlative in mechanism and has performed perfectly well under extreme conditions also. The brand is known for its charismatic as well as unique characteristics. The brand has been producing watches over the last century and has moved up in the list of superlative watch manufacturers. The most creative watch is the Rolex Cosmograph Daytona as it’s not the regular watch and it has been designed for sports professionals especially car sports professionals. The Rolex Cosmograph [...] Read More

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- Written by John Lavit

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

The Rolex Lady Datejust And Ana Ortiz; Simplicity Draped In Style

Simplicity is a quality which has the power to win hearts. To be simple one has to be down to earth and also have the power to understand others need before its own. Rolex has always managed to create watches which have though been draped in simplicity yet style has been an inherent quality of all its watches. The brand has been making watches since 1905 and has excelled in creating the most flawless timepieces which have the most innovative technology. Rolex watches have the power to attract people towards it. The watches are crafted in perfection and display accuracy in design and precision. Simplicity has been the formula of success which has made Rolex so popular among people. The style of each watch is different and the brand has always been original with its designs. The most liked watch in the women’s collection from the house of Rolex [...] Read मोरे

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- Written by John Lavit

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Pruett, Rojas Win The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Third Time In A Row

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas renewed their winning streak at the championship this Saturday, after winning the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car event at the Watkins Glen Classic. This victory was especially sweet, coming as it was after their first-lap crash at Lime Rock.

Until the accident at Lime Rock, the No. 01 TELEMEX BMW Riley team had recorded three consecutive victories in the championship. Scott Pruett led in the final 30 laps of the 191 lap race at Watkins Glen International, before flying past Max Angelelli to the checkered flag and defeating him by 1.623 seconds.

Scott Pruett, who scored his 27th career victory, said that he loved racing at the Watkins Glen event, where he had won four times before. Victory never felt this sweet for the champion driver, coming as it was after negotiating some very tough conditions that included a rain stricken start and a slew of caution [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Monday, June 7, 2010

NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson To Drive For Bob Stalling At The Glen Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series

Reigning NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson, will team up with Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty to compete for top honors at the Watkins Glen International road course, starting from June 4. This will be Johnson’s second start with the GAINSCO/Bob Stalling Racing team for the 2010 season.

This is the first time Johnson will be participating in the traditional 3.4 mile Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series at Glen, which has hosted some of the greatest race drivers, since it started out in the 1950’s. The six hour race has become an integral part of the motor sports scene since then.

Johnson, who drives the No. 48 Lowe’s Chevy at the NASCAR’s, stated that he was looking forward to partnering Alex, Jon and the GAINSCO/Bob Stalling Racing team at the upcoming Grand-AM Roles Sports Car Series. He further stated that it was unfortunate that things did not turn out right earlier, but he [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Friday, June 4, 2010

Veteran Max Angelelli Records 15th Career Win At The Rolex Grand-AM Memorial Day Classic

The duo of veteran Max Angelelli and rookie co-driver Ricky Taylor, recorded their first Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car victory at Monday’s Memorial Day Classic, at Lime Rock Park at Lakeville, Conn. The couple successfully navigated the tricky seven-turn road circuit to give the seasoned pro his 15th career Roles Series victory.

The racers found the competition tough because of the tortuous seven turn layouts, but also because of the heat sapping temperature, that made racing all the more difficult. The duo successfully negotiated the seven turn layout and the slower GT cars to advance through the pack on three separate occasions. The Sun Trust car maintained the pole position for 95 laps out of the 175 laps, thanks mainly to their rock solid strategy.

The No. 10 Sun Trust Ford Dallara of Wayne Taylor racing, finished the race ahead of runners up No. 8 Starworks Motorsports BMW Riley of Mike Forest [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Rolex Grand-Am Series Decides To Stand Alone

The magic that the Rolex Grand-Am Series together with its open wheel cousin IndyCar created at Homestead last year will not be replicated this year. The officials of the Grand-Am series have decided not to share the spotlight and the screen space with the IndyCar. The step has come as a result of the last year’s official viewership figures of the series. According to the data, the viewership of the main races of the grand event was a lot more than what was received by the IndyCar events telecasted by the cable live from the Homestead-Miami speedway.

However, the live audience reactions that the IndyCar registered last year during the top end races of the Grand-Am for the Grand Prix of Miami, told a different story. Apparently, the open-wheel partner of the series got a good deal of attention from the media and the general public making it to about [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

All-American Lineup For The Rolex 24 At Daytona By GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing

The one team that can truly boast of an all-American connection at the Rolex 24 At Daytona would be GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing. The team not only has an all-American driver lineup but also boasts of an all-American crew. Even the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevy Riley, that the team has been racing in for the past five consecutive years, is a U.S. made Riley XX powered by an engine straight out of Detroit, which is a Chevrolet version of GM’s celebrated small-block V8. Equipped with a starry lineup and an all-American crew, drivers, car and engine, all that is left to see is that whether GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing can create history by being the first 100% American team to claim victory in the event that can be traced back to 1962.

The enviable all-star lineup at GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing includes Alex Gurney, Jon Fogarty, Jimmie Johnson and Jimmy Vasser. [...] Read More

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- Written by John Lavit

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Keri Russell And The Rolex Datejust Royal Pink; Larger Than Life Models

If there’s any degree of truth in the saying that first impression is the last impression, one will surely fall for the Rolex masterpieces in that single cursory look. Talking about larger than life trait, Rolex comes out with the most scintillating and marvelous models and time remains just a feature of timepieces that Rolex creates for, Rolex models serve as a lot of things other than a watch. One such larger than life timepiece is the Rolex Datejust Royal Pink. It can serve as a watch, as a promising companion and also saves you from loading yourself from the trouble of donning jewelry. Just slip into this gorgeous accessory and get set to thank people for the compliments they bestow on you. Another such diva whose larger than life approach and seamless performance make her worthy of all praises of the world is Keri Russell.

This American beauty [...] Read More at Melrose Jewelers.

- Written by John Lavit