Birmingham: CGR no. 01 team race report

TOP FIVE FOR COMPUSA AFTER BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK BATTLE BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 31, 2005) -- Luis Diaz rolled the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley off the grid as former NBA great Sir Charles Barkley gave the command to start engines over the 46-car...

TOP FIVE FOR COMPUSA AFTER BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK BATTLE

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 31, 2005) -- Luis Diaz rolled the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley off the grid as former NBA great Sir Charles Barkley gave the command to start engines over the 46-car field today at Barber Motorsports Park.

Diaz started seventh and by Lap 29 of the time-shortened 95-lap PORSCHE 250 presented by Bradley Arant, had driven his way to the top two contenders around the 2.3-mile permanent road course facility just east of downtown Birmingham. With the car solidly in contention for the win on Lap 36, Diaz turned the driving duties over to defending Barber polesitter and 2004 Rolex Series champ Scott Pruett, who didn't know if he would finish the race on slick or rain-treaded Hoosier tires as dark skies loomed overhead.

Pruett battled some testy traffic and intermittent rain, which never fully saturated the racing surface, and managed to hang on to the car to finish fourth.

"All I can say is that we gave it all we had today," said Pruett. "We played the hand we were dealt, battled the changing weather conditions and managed to come out with a top-five. We lost a little ground in the championship with the 10 car winning the race, so hopefully we'll be better at Watkins Glen."

Although Diaz drove an incident-free stint for the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates squad, the Mexican native helped the team parlay their fourth-row starting position into a fourth-place finish, equaling a personal Barber best for the second-year Ganassi pilot.

"What can you say really," said a dejected Diaz. "I don't think we ever had a car that was capable of running up front this weekend, but at least we managed to keep the wheels on it and brought it home fourth."

-cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates