FANS VOTE SCOTT PRUETT INTO RACING ANNALS WITH SPOT ON ALL-TIME IROC TEAM Chip Ganassi Racing driver joins Andretti, Earnhardt and Kinser as 'Crown Royal Legends of Victory Lane' winners HAMPTON, Ga. (October 28, 2005) -- After nearly a...
FANS VOTE SCOTT PRUETT INTO RACING ANNALS WITH SPOT ON ALL-TIME IROC TEAM
Chip Ganassi Racing driver joins Andretti, Earnhardt and Kinser as 'Crown Royal Legends of Victory Lane' winners
HAMPTON, Ga. (October 28, 2005) -- After nearly a quarter-million fan votes were tallied to determine the four winners of the inaugural IROC (International Race of Champions) 'Crown Royal Legends of Victory Lane' program, defending Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was awarded the "legend" status in the Road Racing category. Pruett joined Mario Andretti (open wheel), Dale Earnhardt (stock car) and Steve Kinser (open wheel, short track) on the team of IROC all-time greats, further solidifying his distinguished multidisciplinary racing career.
Pruett was chosen as one of 12 finalists for the prestigious all-time IROC team by an esteemed media panel touting over 100 years of combined motorsport journalism experience.
The finalists represented the three main racing disciplines of IROC racing-- stock car, open-wheel and road racing-- and included: Mario Andretti, Mark Donohue, Dale Earnhardt, Hurley Haywood, Tom Kendall, Steve Kinser, Bobby Labonte, Mark Martin, Al Unser Jr., Bobby Unser, Cale Yarborough and Pruett.
Specifically, Pruett-- a two-time IROC racewinner-- was pitted against the following drivers in the road racing category of the program: Donohue, 1974 IROC champion and three-time race winner; Kendall, nine top-five finishes during a six-year IROC career; and Haywood, four top-five finishes during his four-year IROC career.
"It's a tremendous honor for me to be chosen by the fans, and to be able to stand here today with these great champions as an IROC Legend of Victory Lane," said Pruett, who will put the wraps on his eighth IROC season tomorrow when he straps in the No.01 Gold IROC machine at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "It means a great deal to me to represent the road racing discipline of this program. When you're voted onto a team with guys like Mario Andretti, Steve Kinser and Dale Earnhardt, naturally you have to feel very, very proud."
Tune in tomorrow, October 29th at 1:30 pm ET on SPEED Channel to watch CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett vie for a third career IROC win in the season finale of the 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Scott Pruett IROC History
Scott Pruett is no stranger to the Crown Royal IROC Series with 31 career appearances under his belt (1987-'96,'05) and having represented the likes of IMSA, SCCA, CART and Grand American. The California native has two career wins to his credit after taking the checkers at Riverside International Raceway in 1988 and pacing the 1991 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. He has one pole at Talladega (1992), eight top-three finishes, 15 top-fives, four front-row starts and 51 laps led. His average IROC starting and finishing position is sixth, and he's collected 323 total points and earned $347,600 in prize money.
About CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Founded in 2004, Indianapolis-based CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fields the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class for American driver and defending Rolex Series Champion Scott Pruett, and Mexican pilot Luis Diaz.
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