CompUSA Midnight Run at Daytona this Thursday
Daytona, Florida, June 29th, 2004-- Following back-to-back race winning weekends for CompUSA's Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates at Mont Tremblant and Watkins Glen, the team confidence is riding high as they head to Daytona International Speedway this week for the traditional Paul Revere 250. The race, a symbolic tribute to the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, starts at 11 pm Thursday, July 1st, with the checkered flag dropping early Friday morning.
Following up their streak four straight pole positions, Scott Pruett and Max Papis now have two consecutive victories with the no.01 Lexus-Riley, and lead the championship with a 14 point advantage (151-137) over Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor after five of twelve races.. But also contributing to the CompUSA team's momentum of success was the team's first double podium in the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series with the addition of a solid third place finish at the Glen for the no.02 Lexus-Riley drivers, Luis Diaz and Jimmy Morales.
"We're very motivated by the team's success and our 3rd place finish in the no.02 Lexus Riley," said Luis Diaz about heading to Daytona on a high note. "Jimmy and I have come so close to success a few times this season to date but after finally getting a little taste of it at the Glen, a podium just isn't enough for us anymore. The CompUSA team is just feeling much more confident. We're making fewer mistakes and taking advantage of our chances and that's the key since the competition out there has been getting more difficult with every race but we hope to raise the bar even further. We want the win every time out now and this is the right moment to start pushing hard for that championship."
"We expect nothing but a win now," said Pruett of the team's expectation for both CompUSA Daytona prototypes. "Strategy and hard work all came together for us last race. To dig as deep as we did, coming back from two laps down to win, pulls us together as a team. It's just so much more gratifying to win like that and it certainly helps build confidence. You can see the level of play has gone up in the last two races and there's been a lot of wheel to wheel action. It should just get more intense from here on out."
Now at the half way point of the season, the Paul Revere 250 is a very quick two and three quarters of an hour timed race, run under the lights on the road course at Daytona International Speedway.
"I've never done a midnight race like the Paul Revere before,"said Pruett of the night sprint. "It certainly makes it very interesting and adds a bit more flavor to a Fourth of July weekend and makes you think about our history a little more. I just love racing at night. It just makes it more spectacular with the lights and the glow of the speedway. It should make for an exciting event for fans.
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch coverage of Thursday night's Paul Revere 250 on SPEED Channel, Sunday, July 4th at Noon (ET). Racing fans can also follow the team's progress in qualifying and the race live on June 30th to July 2nd by logging on to the GrandAmerican.com website for free Zippo live timing results.