Birmingham: Toyota Lexus race report

PRUETT/DIAZ LEAD LEXUS AT BARBER TORRANCE, Calif. (July 31, 2005) -- Despite battling heavy traffic, a slick race track and late rains, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz combined for a fourth-place finish to lead Lexus in Sunday's Grand American ...

PRUETT/DIAZ LEAD LEXUS AT BARBER

TORRANCE, Calif. (July 31, 2005) -- Despite battling heavy traffic, a slick race track and late rains, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz combined for a fourth-place finish to lead Lexus in Sunday's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Barber Motorsports Park.

The hard fought fourth-place result marks the sixth top-five finish in eight races this season for the #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley.

"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."

The day proved to be just as difficult for their Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner, who brought their #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley home in seventh-place after qualifying 11th on Saturday.

"By the end of the race the car just wasn't handling correctly, and it became extremely difficult to turn into the corners," said Johansson in earning the team's sixth top-10 finish of the campaign. "It was a very difficult weekend for us to be perfectly honest. And we capped it off by having a tough race."

Despite the tough sledding, both Lexus-powered Ganassi entries ran in the top three in the second half of today's caution-flag marred race.

The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series continues Aug. 12 with the CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen International to be run in conjunction with the Nextel Cup series. The 200-mile event is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. EDT with same day coverage to be shown at 8:00 p.m. that evening on SPEED.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing