Laguna Seca: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

TOP-10 FOR COMPUSA FOLLOWING CAUTON-FILLED ROAD & TRACK 250 IN MONTEREY MONETERY, Calif. (May 7, 2006) -- Only 88 of the scheduled 112 tours of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca were completed in today's Road & Track 250, forcing Round 6 of the Rolex...

TOP-10 FOR COMPUSA FOLLOWING CAUTON-FILLED ROAD & TRACK 250 IN MONTEREY

MONETERY, Calif. (May 7, 2006) -- Only 88 of the scheduled 112 tours of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca were completed in today's Road & Track 250, forcing Round 6 of the Rolex Sports Car Series to be run within the constraints of the 2:45-minute time window. CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz spent most of the event trying to make up ground over a trying sprint race that saw 35 laps run under the yellow flag.

Spins came early and often in the Daytona Prototype category, and Pruett was the victim on Lap 41 when the no.5 car had contact with the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, sending it off course and spiraling down the speed charts to 25th. While many others stalled and spun on the sandtrap-flanked track, Pruett managed to keep his CompUSA machine running during the shunt, incredibly enough, and worked his way back into the hunt.

Fortunately for the team, the other points-leading DP squads had problems of their own on the 2.238-mile permanent road course, and Pruett's 10th place finish helped keep him and Diaz in the fight for the championship.

The CompUSA team remains third in the points race with 196, and the margin the no.23 (206) and the no.19 (205) hold over the no.01 is now down to just 10 as the series enters Round 7 of the 14-race schedule. Following yesterday's qualifying race the no.23 help a 24 advantage on the no.01.

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is Phoenix International Raceway for the GAINSCO Grand Prix Saturday night, May 13th on the 1.51-mile infield road course. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 3:00 ET Sunday, May 14th (TAPE-DELAY).

CGRFS Driver Quoteboard

SCOTT PRUETT "We struggled a little from the start this weekend to be honest. But getting hit and spun around halfway through the race never helps. There was a lot of contact out there today all around, and unfortunately we were the victims in a big one that sent us back to 25th after we were running in third. It's frustrating because we kept fighting and clawing our way back into the race. Points-wise we came out okay, but this could have been our day. Laguna's always been one of my favorite circuits. It's just a classic road racing layout. This was a great event-- it's just too bad we couldn't repeat our win from last year."

LUIS DIAZ "I think we as a team struggled to find the setup this weekend, and although it might not have shown today in the race, we still had our work cut out for us. The championship is the most important thing, and we'll stay focused on that. Coming home 10th today after what we endured is what I'm thinking about. Scott gave it his all, and we'll be strong in Phoenix next Saturday night."

-cgr-

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