Laguna Seca: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Team It's All in the Ganassi Family: Chip Ganassi Racing Inc.'s (CGR) Indianapolis-based team (Grand-Am and IndyCar programs) currently boasts...

TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Team

It's All in the Ganassi Family: Chip Ganassi Racing Inc.'s (CGR) Indianapolis-based team (Grand-Am and IndyCar programs) currently boasts a total of five wins in eight events across both series. With 94 total wins in the team's 18-year history, CGR is six victories shy of reaching the century-win mark. On April 27 during Round #4 in Rolex Series competition at VIR, Pruett and Rojas' win was a part of a larger victory for CGR as the team also claimed an IndyCar win at Kansas with Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate, Dan Wheldon and a second-place finish in NASCAR Sprint Cup competition with CGRFS' Juan Pablo Montoya at Talladega Superspeedway in the same day. The dual wins and second-place finish marked a team-best combined finish for the organization.

All About the History: Laguna Seca is home to many racing experiences in Pruett's 40-year career. As a teen, he raced at the famed track for the first time in go-karts. His first professional race at the track occurred in 1985 in IMSA GTU competition. One year later he won the IMSA GTO race at the Monterey-based facility. In his third IMSA visit to the track, he finished 12th in the GTP ranks. Three stints in 1989, 1991-1993 and 1995-1996 saw Pruett navigate the renowned corkscrew turn in IndyCar competition with a career high third place finish in open-wheel racing. He also returned under the CART championship banner from 1997-1999.

Getting There Isn't Easy: The No.01 TELMEX team has lead 367 of 971 total laps in the 2008 Grand-Am season, or 38%. which ranks second in the team's history for laps lead in the first four races (2007- 50%; 2004- 30% in Driver and Team Championship winning year; 2006 -- 23 % in Team Championship winning year; 2005 -- 17%).

RTA Roll-Out: Scott and wife Judy Pruett will use this weekend's race as the official introduction to their newest children's book, Racing through the Alphabet which rounds out the quartet of their Twelve Little Race Cars series.

Judy On Air: Judy Pruett will be a featured guest on David Coffin and Tony Karis' special trackside radio show broadcasted on KNRY 1240 AM on Saturday at 10:15 A.M. to discuss the Pruett family's children's book writing endeavors.

Home Away from Home: In addition to Mexico City, Rojas considers Laguna Seca one of his home tracks and his favorite track on the Grand-Am circuit. The track is home to his first pole position and win in the Skip Barber Dodge Pro Series. The inherent competitiveness of the track's elevation changes and the combination of slow and fast corners in addition to the corkscrew's blind braking zone are aspects of the track that intrigue him.

Still Sitting P1: Pruett and Rojas will enter Saturday's event at Laguna Seca with a 21-point advantage over the No.91 car as the TELMEX team continues to hold the championship points lead into Round #5. They have enjoyed this privilege for each race this season.

QUOTES

Topic: "How did you spend your mother's day weekend? And, Memo, how has your mother impacted your life thus far?"

Scott Pruett: "We really just spent the weekend relaxing with Judy and our children at our home and in our vineyard. The typical grilling out and having a nice dinner was on our agenda."

Memo Rojas: "Well, we celebrate Mother's Day the 10th of May, which was Saturday. We had a family dinner to celebrate and spend all day with her. She's been very important in my career, especially because of the sacrifices she has made in order to deal with my racing career. Motorsports is a dangerous sport and I believe all drivers' mothers must worry a lot every time their son races... In my particular case I know that my mother gets very nervous and worries a lot, but I respect that she has been able to deal with that and respect my job and my passion which is racing!."

-credit: cgr

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