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LEXUS SHOOTS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT ROLEX 24 -- Lexus will attempt to become just the second manufacturer in history to win four consecutive overall Rolex 24s at Daytona this weekend and with a victory would become the first manufacturer to register...

LEXUS SHOOTS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT ROLEX 24 -- Lexus will attempt to become just the second manufacturer in history to win four consecutive overall Rolex 24s at Daytona this weekend and with a victory would become the first manufacturer to register the feat since 1987. To date, Lexus and Porsche are the only two manufacturers to win three consecutive Rolex 24s.

LEXUS TOPS IN ENDURANCE RACING -- In the five years since entering Grand-Am competition in 2004, Lexus has won six Rolex Series endurance races (six hours or more), including five of the last nine. The current stretch includes three Rolex 24 at Daytona victories, as well as a nine-hour win at the Miller Motorsports Park and a victory in last year's Six Hours of the Glen to go along with two second-place finishes.

GANASSI TEAM LOOKS TO MAKE MORE HISTORY -- A year ago, the Lexus-powered Chip Ganassi Racing team became the first team in history to win three straight Rolex 24 overall titles and they'll look to extend the string to four on Sunday. The Ganassi team is no stranger to records, though. In addition to its Rolex 24 record, the team also holds the mark for most Daytona Prototype team championships (three) and wins (21).

PRUETT KEEPS ROLLING -- No driver has enjoyed more success in the Rolex 24 than long-time Lexus driver Scott Pruett. The Ganassi Racing pilot has registered a record seven victories in the twice-around-the-clock, including each of the last two overall titles in his Lexus-Riley. In addition to those wins, Pruett won the 2002 GTS class, the 1994 overall title, the 1993 GTP title and the 1987 and 1998 GTO classes. Pruett also has a 24 Hours of Le Mans win to his credit.

Pruett's success goes far beyond the 24-hour races, though, as he become the most decorated sports car racer in American history by earning his eighth major sports car title last season. Amazingly enough, Pruett established that record despite having spent eight full seasons in Indy cars and one in NASCAR, as well as missing a full season due to injury (1991). Pruett's titles include two Daytona Prototype championships (2008 and 2004), two IMSA GTO titles (1986 and 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am championships (1987, 1994 and 2003). In 11 full seasons of sports car racing since 1986, Pruett has never finished below second in a points race.

WATCH WEARERS -- No less than five of Ganassi Racing's six-driver line-up has registered a victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Scott Pruett leads the way with seven victories (three overall), followed by Juan Montoya with two, while Memo Rojas, Scott Dixon and Dario Franchitti each have driven to one Rolex 24 win.

OPEN WHEEL INFLUENCE -- Ganassi Racing's star-studded two-car line-up has a distinct open-wheel flavor with each of the six drivers having extensive open-wheel experience. Scott Dixon, Dario Franchitti and Juan Montoya all have won Indy car titles, while Scott Pruett was a multiple winner in the Indy car ranks. Alex Lloyd was the 2007 Indy Lights champion and Memo Rojas campaigned exclusively in open-wheel cars before moving to the Grand-Am series in 2007.

500 WINNERS -- The Lexus line-up will include no less than three Indianpolis 500 winners including the last two. Scott Dixon (2008), Dario Franchitti (2007) and Juan Montoya (2000) all won open-wheel racing's biggest event. In addition, Scott Pruett was the 1988 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year, while Alex Lloyd made his first '500' start last season.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dario Franchitti , Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Alex Lloyd
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing