2006 racers named to AARWBA All-America Team

Bergmeister, Pruett and Diaz Earn First Team Selections to 2006 AARWBA All-America Team DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 8, 2006) -- For the third consecutive year, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve ...

Bergmeister, Pruett and Diaz Earn First Team Selections to 2006 AARWBA All-America Team

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (December 8, 2006) -- For the third consecutive year, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Daytona Prototype champion has earned a First Team selection to the prestigious American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Auto Racing All-America Team.

Jorg Bergmeister, the 2006 Daytona Prototype champion as driver of the No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley, was the leading vote-getter among drivers nominated in the Road Racing category, earning the German a spot on the First Team. Co-drivers Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor earned First Team selections on the 2005 team by virtue of their Daytona Prototype championship, as did 2004 co-champions Scott Pruett and Max Papis.

For the second year in-a-row, drivers who finished first and second in the Daytona Prototype championship were First Team selections, as 2006 Daytona Prototype runners-up Pruett and Luis Diaz, who co-drove the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to a series-leading five victories, were also named to the first team. It was Pruett's fourth consecutive First Team selection and the eighth time that the Californian has been chosen for the First Team. Only luminaries such as Steve Kinser (18), John Force (14), Don Garlits (10) and Tony Stewart (9) have earned more First Team selections. Racing legends Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon have also been selected to the First Team eight times.

Bergmeister and Diaz, meanwhile, earned their second-consecutive First Team selections. Diaz was a member of the 2005 First Team in Road Racing for co-driving to second in the Daytona Prototype championship with Pruett, while Bergmeister claimed First Team honors in the At Large category for winning the ALMS GT2 championship.

Angelelli, who followed-up his 2005 Daytona Prototype championship with a third-place performance in the 2006 driver standings, earned a Second Team selection in the Road Racing category. Also taking Second Team honors in the At Large category were No. 65 TRG/F1 Air Pontiac GTO.R co-drivers Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, who claimed the 2006 Rolex Series GT championship. Colin Braun, Bergmeister's No. 76 co-driver for all but three races in 2006, was an Honorable Mention selection in the Road Racing category.

The AARWBA Auto Racing All-America Team will be honored at the AARWBA banquet on January 13 at the Hyatt Regency in Indianapolis. Information on the banquet--which is open to the public--is available from AARWBA at (818) 842-7005 or aarwba@compuserve.com.

-credit: garra

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