Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TEAM: Rolex Series points-leading TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley. VENUE: Homestead-Miami Speedway this Saturday, March 24, on the 2.3-mile infield road course in...

TEAM: Rolex Series points-leading TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley.

VENUE: Homestead-Miami Speedway this Saturday, March 24, on the 2.3-mile infield road course in Homestead, Fla. -- Round 3 of the 14-race Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season.

EXHAUST NOTES: Following the first two rounds of the season, CGRFS continues to be the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (14), poles (19) and podium finishes (30). Pruett continues to be the winningest driver in the history of the Daytona Prototype class (13), now tied with James Weaver for the Rolex Series record for overall wins (13)...CGRFS engine supplier Lexus is second in the Manufacturer Standings (63-67) behind Pontiac following Round 2...CGRFS constructor Riley leads Crawford (70-47) in the Chassis Standings...on the strength of their win in Round 1 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, CGRFS has led 468 of 768 total laps, or 61%.

MIAMI HISTORY AND MORE: In three career appearances (2004-2006), CGRFS has a best finish of third (2006) and has won the pole once (2004). To date, the No.01 team boasts 14 wins in 42 career Grand American starts, a winning percentage of 33%. The team's last pole position in the 2006 Utah finale (Pruett) marked the No.01 car's 20th in 42 career Rolex Series starts-- a pole-winning percentage of 48%.

MIAMI REWIND: Luis Diaz started the 107-lap Grand Prix of Miami fourth amongst a sea of Porsches at the front of the Daytona Prototype grid, turned the car over to co-pilot Scott Pruett on Lap 37, and the no.01 Lexus-Riley finished third overall in Round 3 of the Rolex Sports Car Series at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Pruett and Diaz established themselves early as a contender for the scheduled 109-lap event that was eventually capped by the 2:45 minute time limit, even maintaining the overall lead from laps 71-89. Pruett did everything in his power to hang onto the car in the waning moments of the race, but a solid fuel strategy and great pit work enabled the team to stay competitive until the end. The turning point of the race came just before the checkered flag flew, with the no.39 car hounding down Pruett and forcing his way through on the final lap for second place. After the contact, Pruett regained composure, and with the championship point chase in mind, settled for a third place result.

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers James Weaver , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing