Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

COMPUSA TEAM LEAVES GP OF MIAMI WITH PODIUM FINISH HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 25, 2006) -- Luis Diaz started the 107-lap Grand Prix of Miami fourth amongst a sea of Porches at the front of the Daytona Prototype grid, turned the car over to...

COMPUSA TEAM LEAVES GP OF MIAMI WITH PODIUM FINISH

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 25, 2006) -- Luis Diaz started the 107-lap Grand Prix of Miami fourth amongst a sea of Porches at the front of the Daytona Prototype grid, turned the car over to co-pilot Scott Pruett on Lap 37, and the no.01 CompUSA 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.

With the podium, the CompUSA team moved up from third to second in the championship race, just one marker behind the points-leading no.39 car (77-76).

This is the third podium in as many races for Chip Ganassi Racing on the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season after the no.02 car took the opening round at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Casey Mears), and the no.01 of Pruett and Diaz won Round 2 in Mexico City.

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach April 7-8 on the 1.968-mile downtown street circuit. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 9:00 ET Saturday, April 8th (Tape Delay).

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SCOTT PRUETT "I definitely got a little bit of help there toward the end. But if was good hard racing and I was doing all I could do to hang the CompUSA car out on the edge. But overall, I thought it was a competitive race, and a good show. We managed to get another podium and that's what we need to do to keep moving up in the point standings. That's all that counts. I can say that the Ganassi team used all of its resources to get that result tonight, the guys really worked hard on fuel mileage and getting us to the end. I'm confident that Grand American will make the right call on the Porsches. Nobody wants to see runaway races."

LUIS DIAZ "Scott did a fantastic job tonight and proved once again why he is the class of the Daytona Prototype field. He drove the car to the limit, and then past the limit. The guy is amazing sometimes. He deserves this result for the great effort he put forth tonight. It was a tough race, and a very competitive race for us. Scott did everything in his power to keep us in it in the end."

-www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing