Birmingham: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

COMPUSA CAR DROPPED FROM SIXTH TO 10th ON FINAL LAP AT BARBER BIRMINGHAM, Fla. (July 30, 2006) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Scott Pruett all but had the checkered flag in his sights and a sixth-place result under his...

COMPUSA CAR DROPPED FROM SIXTH TO 10th ON FINAL LAP AT BARBER

BIRMINGHAM, Fla. (July 30, 2006) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates driver Scott Pruett all but had the checkered flag in his sights and a sixth-place result under his belt, but the Krohn Racing no.75 forced the 2004 Rolex Series champion off course in the final circuit of the 2.3-mile road course, dropping the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley to a 10th-place finish.

Co-driver Luis Diaz started Round 11 of 14 in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series from the seventh spot on the grid, but immediately fell to ninth after being sandwiched and bumped from behind on the opening laps of the 2:45 minute sprint race. The car suffered rear end damage, but Diaz kept fighting throughout his 60-plus lap stint, and turned a very tight car over to Pruett (Lap 62) as the team made its only pit stop of the time-shortened 97-lap race.

Pruett worked his way toward the top-five over the remaining laps, and had himself firmly planted in the sixth position with five to go. But with the checkered flag being displayed to the points-leading no.76 Krohn Racing machine, the team's no.75 sister car forced Pruett off course in the final turn, relegating the Ganassi team to a 10th place finish.

Pruett and Diaz fall to third place in the Rolex Series Driver point standings, now 45 points back of Jorg Bergmeister (393-348). They also slip to third in the Team category (367-348) to Bergmeister's no.76 Daytona Prototype as the series enters Round 12 of the 14-race schedule.

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the Crown Royal 200 at The Glen, Friday, August 11th on the 3.4-mile permanent road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 9:00 ET (TAPE-DELAY).

CGRFS Driver Quoteboard

SCOTT PRUETT "The whole situation is pretty frustrating to be honest. The no.75 car ran me off the track on the last lap. We didn't have the fastest car today, but we managed to get to sixth by the end, and we were willing to take that. But to have what happened drop us back to 10th really upsets me. I know Grand American will do the right thing and take the appropriate actions, but there is nothing they can do to make up for what we lost in the championship points race today."

-cgr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Jörg Bergmeister , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing