DIAZ' CAREER DAY EARNS COMPUSA SECOND STRAIGHT FONTANA POLE FONTANA, Calif. (April 2, 2005) -- Sophomore sensation Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates weaved his way around the 2.82-mile infield road course, beating 21...
DIAZ' CAREER DAY EARNS COMPUSA SECOND STRAIGHT FONTANA POLE
FONTANA, Calif. (April 2, 2005) -- Sophomore sensation Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates weaved his way around the 2.82-mile infield road course, beating 21 other Daytona Prototypes to the stripe en route to his first career pole position in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series competition today at California Speedway. Diaz' pole position is the second for the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in four starts this season, and marks the second straight Fontana pole dating back to the 2004 season finale.
After maintaining his position in the top three for much of the weekend practice sessions with teammate and defending DP champion Scott Pruett, Diaz was able to break through with a landmark drive, making CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing a mind-boggling 13-time polewinner in 15 career Rolex Series starts.
"It was a complicated qualifying session to tell you the truth," said Diaz, who clocked in at 1:33.356 (108.745 mph) around the 21-turn California circuit. "The red flag with seven minutes remaining divided the session up, which made it very difficult to put a strong lap together. The CompUSA car was just awesome though. The team made all the right changes and we were able to pull through today. I've put a lot of pressure on myself this year knowing what Scott did last season en route to winning the championship. This means a lot to me and I'm very pleased with the result. This is a great boost for everyone and I'm focused on keeping the car up front and turning it over to Scott tomorrow in one piece."
The pole comes in the Mexico City, Mexico native's 14th career Rolex Series start, and continues the team's SoCal string of successes after a one-two-three Fontana start resulted in the Driver and Team Championships in 2004.
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson qualified eighth in the Daytona Prototype class in the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley with a top time of 1:34.131 (107.850 mph).
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