Homestead: Lexus Motorsports preview

LEXUS EYES THIRD STRAIGHT 2006 GRAND-AM WIN AT GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI TORRANCE, Calif. (March 22, 2006) -- After a pair of dominating victories to open the 2006 campaign, the Lexus Daytona Prototypes head to the Grand Prix of Miami at the ...

LEXUS EYES THIRD STRAIGHT 2006 GRAND-AM WIN AT GRAND PRIX OF MIAMI

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 22, 2006) -- After a pair of dominating victories to open the 2006 campaign, the Lexus Daytona Prototypes head to the Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, March 25, looking for a third consecutive Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series win.

After winning the Rolex 24 with the #02 Target Lexus-Riley, Ganassi Racing made it two in a row at Mexico City when Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz led every lap after capturing the pole position. For Pruett, this weekend's race will mark the 21st anniversary of his South Florida debut in the GTU class in the IMSA Miami Grand Prix. Since his second-place finish there in 1985, Pruett has raced on a total of five different Miami-area tracks in six different classes of cars.

"We're thrilled to open the season with two victories," said Philip Gaviola, Lexus motorsports manager. "But it's just as important that we've had four different Lexus-powered entries finish on the podium in the first two races. The Rolex Sports Car Series is extremely competitive and it's very important to us that all of our teams know that the Lexus engine is capable of winning every weekend."

In addition to the two Ganassi victories, Michael Shank Racing has placed each of its two entries on the podium in the first two races of the new season. At Daytona, it was the #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley driven by Oswaldo Negri (Miami), Mark Patterson, A.J. Allmendinger and Justin Wilson that earned a second-place finish. At Mexico City, it was the #6 Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing Lexus-Riley that took third with Mike Borkowski (Miami Beach) and Paul Tracy, who was subbing for team driver Kenny Wilden. Wilden will be back behind the wheel in Miami.

Heading into the weekend, Lexus maintains a 13-point lead in the Daytona Prototypes Manufacturer's Championship. Pruett and Diaz currently stand fourth in the driver's championship, while Negri and Patterson are sixth, while Borkowski sits in 11th.

With a pair of victories to open the season, Lexus-powered entries have won 10 races and 17 pole positions in 28 Rolex Series events since entering the series in 2004.J This weekend's Grand Prix of Miami, which will run in conjunction with the Indy Racing League's Toyota Indy 300, will be televised by SPEED including same-day coverage. The event is scheduled to see the green flag fall at 6:30 p.m. ET with SPEED showing the race at 8 p.m. ET Saturday evening. Friday's qualifying is set for 11 a.m. ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , A.J. Allmendinger , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing