Three-Time Defending Rolex 24 At Daytona Champions Return to Daytona with Six-Man Roster Ganassi Lineup Represents Six Countries, 15 Series Championships, 139 Wins, Three Indy 500 Victories and Eight Rolex 24 Wins INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January...
Three-Time Defending Rolex 24 At Daytona Champions Return to Daytona with Six-Man Roster
Ganassi Lineup Represents Six Countries, 15 Series Championships, 139 Wins, Three Indy 500 Victories and Eight Rolex 24 Wins
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 4, 2009)--Defending Grand-Am Rolex 24 At Daytona winners Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced today a two-car effort for the Rolex Sports Car Series' 47th running of the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona, featuring six drivers representing some of the best talent the motor racing world has to offer. Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will unite to form the driver lineup in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Daytona Prototype, while Team Target IndyCar pilots Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti join Alex Lloyd in the No. 02 Target/TELMEX Daytona Prototype.
Last year, the team became the first in history to win three consecutive overall titles in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The CGRFS roster will look to add to the record book this year with an impressive group of international racing champions representing three Indianapolis 500 titles (Montoya-2000, Franchitti-2007 and Dixon-2008), five open wheel championships (Montoya-1999, Dixon-2003/2008, Lloyd-2007 and Franchitti-2007), three Daytona Prototype championships (Pruett-2004/2006 and Pruett/Rojas-2007) and five former Rolex 24 winners.
Notes of Interest:
* Chip Ganassi and co-owner Felix Sabates are the first team owners in history to win three straight Rolex 24 at Daytona events.
* CGRFS has led 1,257 laps, more than 60 percent of the laps, in the past three years. The team led 720 laps out of a possible 1363 (53%) in the past two races alone.
* Pruett and Montoya's back-to-back wins marked the first time drivers earned repeat victories in the race since 1986 and 1987 when Derek Bell, Al Unser, Jr. and Al Holbert accomplished the feat. Montoya became the first driver in Rolex 24 history to win in each of his first two starts in the 24-hour race.
* Last year's victory added to Pruett's already all-time best eight class victories at the Rolex 24 and record 15th overall Rolex Series wins. It was his third overall in the Rolex 24 and gave him a record-setting eighth Rolex 24 class victory. (He earned previous class victories in 2007, 2002, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1988 and 1987. It was his third overall win after taking the checkered flag first in 1994 and 2007.
* Franchitti is the first driver to ever capture the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Indianapolis 500, an open wheel title and the Rolex 24 At Daytona consecutively, accomplishing the feat in less than a year. Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt are the only others to win the four titles, but neither did so in succession.
* Pruett and co-driver Rojas rewrote the record books in 2008 by winning the Rolex Series championship. Pruett is the first two-time Grand-Am Series driver champion and is the first American to score eight major sports car championships, breaking a record he previously held with the late Peter Gregg. Pruett's previous titles include a Daytona Prototype championship (2004), two IMSA GTO titles (1986 and 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am championships (1987, 1994 and 2003). Rojas became the first Mexican driver to win a major racing championship in the United States.