2009 Top Stories: Grand Am

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As the new year approaches, RacingOne takes a look back at some of the top Grand-Am Rolex stories from the 2009 season.

Brumos Wins Rolex 24 At Daytona
David Donohue passed Juan Pablo Montoya with 39 minutes remaining and held on to win the 47th Rolex 24 At Daytona by a margin of .167 seconds - on the 40th anniversary of his father, Mark Donohue's, victory in the 1969 event.

Donohue and Montoya ran nose to tail over the last 30 minutes of the race, while the top four cars were nose to tail at times during the final hour of green-flag racing.

Joined by Darren Law, Buddy Rice and Antonio Garcia, Donohue and the threesome gave Brumos Racing its first Grand-Am Rolex Series victory since 2003.

Fogarty's Consecutive Poles Help Secure Championship
With the championship title on the line heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway, Jon Fogarty captured his fifth consecutive pole - and sixth in seven races - to lead the field at the season finale in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley co-driven by Alex Gurney.

Fogarty's pole qualifying efforts at the end of the season helped he and Gurney secure their second championship in three years by six points over second-place finish over Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.

Pinch Hit Victory
Called on to drive only two days before the season-ending Grand Prix of Miami, veteran Hurley Haywood was up to the task, joining Joao Barbosa in winning the race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The victory was Haywood's first since winning a pair of races at Homestead and Phoenix in 2003.

Lola Chassis Captures First Win
The Lola chassis was a first-time winner in Daytona Prototype competition when Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson captured a wet victory in the Verizon Wireless 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in May.

The victory, taken by a commanding margin of 44.752 seconds, was also Zonta's first in the series, and only Jonsson's second. He previously won at Watkins Glen International in 2005. The pair won another race at Barber Motorsports Park, which was their final race before the team parked its car due to a legal dispute.

Summer Streak
Leh Keen and Dirk Werner in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3 won three straight races, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona, over the summer. Daytona was also their fourth win in five races and resulted in the pair opening up a 29-point lead in the battle for the championship.

The pair were able to hold on to win the championship following the season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The title was the first for Keen and second one with the team for Werner.

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