Daytona II: CGR no. 01 car preview

DEFENDING ROLEX SERIES CHAMPS CAN UNRAVEL POINTS KNOT WITH DAYTONA DOMINANCE INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2005) -- Defending Rolex Sports Car Series Champion Scott Pruett of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates returns to action this ...

DEFENDING ROLEX SERIES CHAMPS CAN UNRAVEL POINTS KNOT WITH DAYTONA DOMINANCE

INDIANAPOLIS (June 28, 2005) -- Defending Rolex Sports Car Series Champion Scott Pruett of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates returns to action this weekend with stablemate Luis Diaz in the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway for Round 7 of the 14-race Grand American season. Fresh off his drive at Infineon Raceway in a fourth Ganassi-prepared Dodge last weekend in the venerable NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, the road racing ringer will again take to the 3.56-mile road course at the "World Center of Racing" where he has started on pole in each of his three previous trips to DIS.

The enormous 480-acre motorsports complex will again play host to the Rolex Series, not in its famous Rolex 24 Hour twice-round-the-clock format, but rather a 250-mile "sprint" version as the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley looks to break the 180-180 points tie it's engaged in with top contender SunTrust Racing.

"The CompUSA squad has been tough at Daytona each and every time we've unloaded here," said Pruett, who will be competing in a talent-laden 56-car Rolex Series field this Thursday under the lights at DIS. "We've had a decent amount of success, but have never managed to put the no.01 car in Victory Lane. Luis and I were able to win the last 250-mile sprint race at Laguna Seca, so we should be in a position to hopefully come out of Daytona with a strong result, along with the points lead."

Although Pruett has the prototype pole-winning tri-vecta under his belt at DIS, Diaz will take the reigns in the 15-minute qualifier this week hoping to pick up where his potent CompUSA teammate left off.

"We have to keep the momentum going, and this is going to be one of the toughest races of the year with almost 60 cars entered," said Diaz, who finished seventh at the second Rolex Series Daytona date in 2004. "The traffic will make a huge difference as well in attacking the field. With practice, qualifying and the race squeezed into one day, we need to be fast from the start and continue to push like we have all year."

Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Brumos Porsche 250 in Daytona Beach, Fla. this Thursday, June 30th (LIVE, SPEED Channel, 8:00 pm ET) at DIS for Round 7 of the Rolex Sports Car Series.

-cgr-

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