Daytona II: Toyota Lexus qualifying report

Pruett/Papis Take Fifth Pole in Six Races With Lexus DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2004) -- After seeing a streak of four consecutive poles snapped last race at Watkins Glen, the ...

Pruett/Papis Take Fifth Pole in Six Races With Lexus

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 30, 2004) -- After seeing a streak of four consecutive poles snapped last race at Watkins Glen, the #01 CompUSA Lexus of Scott Pruett and Max Papis earned its fifth pole in six races this season in qualifying tonight for Thursday's Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway.

It seems only fitting that Pruett, one of America's greatest-ever sports car racers, earned the pole position to open up the July 4 weekend of racing. The CompUSA Ganassi Racing driver is coming off an impressive third-place finish at this past weekend's NEXTEL Cup event in Sonoma, Calif.

With points leaders Pruett and Papis safely on the pole, the #02 CompUSA Lexus team car of Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz made it two Ganassi Racing Lexus' in the top three with a third-place qualifying showing. Morales and Diaz are coming off their best finish of the season 0x2022 a third at Watkins Glen.

A third Lexus-powered entry would make it into Wednesday's top-five in qualifying as the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) Lexus driven by Oswaldo Negri and Burt Frisselle took the fifth position. MSR made their sports car racing debut earlier this season at Daytona, earning a fourth-place finish in its inaugural race.

The Doran-Lista Racing team has a new look this weekend. With Fredy Lienhard unable to race due to a business conflict and the team's third driver, Jan Magnussen, with a previous racing commitment in Europe, 22-year-old Swiss driver Benjamin Leuenberger will co-drive with Didier Theys. They'll start from the 12th spot.

The Paul Revere 250 is tentatively scheduled for an 11 p.m. start Thursday evening after the completion of Nextel Cup qualifying. The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED, July 4 at 12 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Burt Frisselle , Jimmy Morales , Benjamin Leuenberger , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing