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FYI WIRZ: Grand-Am Rolex Brings Big 50th Story as Stars Race Around the Clock

The Grand-Am Rolex 24 at Daytona got underway in gorgeous January weather—even for Florida. The biggest news planned might have been that it was the 50th anniversary of grueling around-the-clock sports car competition, but one large reality accompanied that celebration—abundant crowds. Grand-Am is getting so popular that it took an hour-and-half automobile wait to get to some parking areas. Enthusiast crowds may even be a sign that the economy is getting better. Motorsports attendance from this point going forward would confirm improvement in commerce, but it was reported that Rolex 24 ticket sales were about 40 percent over last year’s attendance. Unlike NASCAR, Grand-Am opens the garage area to fans, and they responded b...

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