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JGANASSI/LEXUS TEAM BRING 40-POINT LEAD TO BARBER -- Fresh off a victory at Daytona, the Ganassi Lexus team and its drivers will bring a 40-point championship lead into Barber Motorsports Park in the ninth round of the Rolex Sports Car Series this...

JGANASSI/LEXUS TEAM BRING 40-POINT LEAD TO BARBER -- Fresh off a victory at Daytona, the Ganassi Lexus team and its drivers will bring a 40-point championship lead into Barber Motorsports Park in the ninth round of the Rolex Sports Car Series this weekend. The #01 Telmex Lexus driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas has captured five victories and seven podium finishes in eight races this season. The team can capture a third Rolex Series title simply by placing third or better in each of the season's final six races regardless of where its opponents finish. Those results would give Pruett his second Rolex Series title and a record eighth major U.S. sports car racing championship, while it would be the first series championship for Rojas.

LEXUS LEADS G-A MANUFACTURER'S CHASE -- Lexus continues to lead a closely-waged battle for the Rolex Sports Car Series Manufacturer's Championship. Having led the chase since the season-opening win at the Rolex 24, Lexus currently maintains a six-point lead over Pontiac, followed by Porsche, Ford and BMW. Lexus also won the manufacturer's title in 2006.

LEXUS FINDS SUCCESS SOUTH OF THE MASON-DIXON -- This weekend's race will mark the fifth and final race of the season in the southern United States for the Rolex Series Car Series. To date, Lexus has won all four races held south of the Mason-Dixon Line with triumphs at Daytona twice, Homestead and Virginia. But, based upon past results, Barber could present the manufacturer's biggest challenge yet. Lexus has never won on the tight, 16-turn Alabama road course with its best finish a pair of third-place showings in 2004 and 2005.

BROKEN RECORDS -- With each passing victory, long-time Lexus driver Scott Pruett continues his record-breaking season. The year began with a record seventh "Rolex 24 at Daytona" triumph and with each of his 2008 victories, he's established a new standard for Rolex Series wins - now up to 19. On the team side, Chip Ganassi Racing has extended its win total to 20 -- also a Rolex Series record. The #01 Lexus driven by Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas also is currently in the midst of another series record, this one for consecutive top-10 finishes. The team has logged 27 straight top-10 finishes in a streak that dates back more than two years. During that stretch, the #01 has scored nine victories, 18 top-threes and 22 top-five finishes.

SOUTHARD LOOKS TO BUILD ON STRONG DAYTONA EFFORT -- Southard Motorsports will be looking to build on a strong run at Daytona. Drivers Shane Lewis and Bill Lester were on the verge of their best finish of season when a GT car drifted high on the oval and clipped Lester as he was passing on the outside -- costing the team a likely seventh-place finish with just five laps remaining. During the event, Lewis led the team's first lap of the year as the #3 Southard Lexus consistently ranin the top-five in the early going.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Scott Pruett , Memo Rojas , Bill Lester , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing