Laguna Seca: Lexus Motorsports preview

LAGUNA EXPERIENCE -- Few drivers can match Scott Pruett's experience on the road course at Laguna Seca. Over the past 22 years, Pruett has competed in five major series at the track (IMSA GTU, GTO, GTP, CART and now in Daytona Prototypes). In...

LAGUNA EXPERIENCE -- Few drivers can match Scott Pruett's experience on the road course at Laguna Seca. Over the past 22 years, Pruett has competed in five major series at the track (IMSA GTU, GTO, GTP, CART and now in Daytona Prototypes). In fact, if you go all the way back to 1986, one of Pruett's first major victories was scored at Laguna while driving in GTO competition.

Of course, since then, he's registered approximately 50 major wins, six series championships, an Indy 500 Rookie of the Year, induction into the IROC Hall of Fame and has become the Daytona Prototype's winningest driver ever. Yet, Pruett is still going strong in his native northern California and, along with co-driver Memo Rojas, he will be looking for his second Rolex Series win in the last three years after registering the win in 2005. In addition tovictories in IMSA GTO and Daytona Prototypes, Pruett also had a runner-up finish in CART competition on the Monterey track.

Pruett and his Chip Ganassi Racing team each enter this weekend's action in second-place in the Driver and Team championships.

RECORD SETTERS -- Lexus-powered drivers hold the Daytona Prototype track records at Laguna Seca for both qualifying and the race. Michael Shank Racing's Oswaldo Negri notched the qualifying record in May, 2005 with a lap of 1:24.357 (95.508 mph), while Luis Diaz and Scott Pruett claimed the race record with an average speed (including cautions) of 78.680 mph in 2005.

PEW JOINS MSR - John Pew has signed a 10-race deal to join Michael Shank Racing (MSR) in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley co-driving with Ian James. Pew will replace car owner Henri Zogaib, who has elected to step away from the driving duties due to his growing business commitments. Pew is a former open-wheel teammate to MSR team driver Mark Patterson. He has formula car experience in both Skip Barber and Star Mazda competition. He also has made a number of starts in the Rolex Series GT class, and has one 2006 Daytona Prototype start to his credit.

-credit: Lexus Motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Ian James , Memo Rojas , Skip Barber , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , John Pew , Henri Zogaib , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing