PRUETT AND DIAZ RETURN TO FRIENDLY CONFINES OF CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FOR ROLEX SERIES ROUND THREE INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2005) -- When the dust settled on the track and the roar of the engines diminished, the champagne began to flow following...
PRUETT AND DIAZ RETURN TO FRIENDLY CONFINES OF CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY FOR ROLEX SERIES ROUND THREE
INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2005) -- When the dust settled on the track and the roar of the engines diminished, the champagne began to flow following Scott Pruett's last trip to California Speedway in the 2004 Rolex Series finale. His CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates squad put the finishing touches on their 2004 championship run with a win in the Ferrari Maserati 400k, taking the top Daytona Prototype honors by a scant 10 points. This season, Pruett returns to Fontana with a new teammate in sophomore sensation Luis Diaz and an unfamiliar spot in the points with 20 championship markers separating the two from the top spot.
Pruett, a native of Sacramento, Calif., returns to the site of his most recent Daytona Prototype win this weekend in the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, looking to put his exotic, mid-engine machine in Victory Lane for the second time in as many races on the 2.82-mile infield road circuit.
"Last time the CompUSA team was in Fontana we had quite a celebration after a hard fought championship battle," said Pruett, who with co-driver Diaz stands fifth in the DP championship with 50 points. "The whole program is stepping it up, we have great cars and we need to start getting the results that reflect those two key elements. We've made some changes to the car recently that will hopefully continue to improve it. This weekend is all about results though. It seems like we've had a monkey on our back this year and it's time to shake it loose."
Teammate Diaz is no slouch at Fontana either, having piloted a Chip Ganassi Racing entry to the third starting spot in what proved to be a spectacular one-two-three qualifying effort last year when the team added a third DP for CGR 2003 IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon and teammate Darren Manning.
"Last year we had a great result in California," said Diaz, who started third and finished sixth in the 2004 finale. "I'm excited about returning to Fontana and getting back into the car for sure. The whole CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team has been working hard, and I hope we can deliver for them this weekend. I spent a few days with the engineers in our Indianapolis shop preparing for this race, so we have high expectations coming into this event."
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Ferrari Maserati 400k at California Speedway Sunday, April 3rd at 4:00 pm ET (LIVE, SPEED Channel). Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.
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 second-year Mexican pilot Luis Diaz.