Mexico City: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Rolex Sports Car Series Mexico City Advance PRUETT AND PATTIE'S FIRST: Pruett will pull double-duty this weekend running the No.41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit® Dodge in the Busch Series. In addition to this...

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Rolex Sports Car Series Mexico City Advance

PRUETT AND PATTIE'S FIRST: Pruett will pull double-duty this weekend running the No.41 Wrigley's Juicy Fruit® Dodge in the Busch Series. In addition to this being Pruett's first time running a Busch car for CGRFS, it will be his first time working with Crew Chief Brian Pattie. Pattie and Pruett have tested a couple of times in the past together, but this weekend will be their first official race as a driver-crew chief duo.

TWO FOR TWO...AGAIN?: Last season CGRFS took the first two rounds of the Rolex Series docket with the No.02 DP winning the Rolex 24, and the No.01 DP winning in Mexico City.

EXHAUST NOTES: Following the team's second straight Rolex 24 At Daytona victory, CGRFS continues to be the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (14), poles (19) and podium finishes (30). Pruett continues to be the winningest driver in the history of the Daytona Prototype class (13), and has now tied James Weaver's Rolex Series record for overall wins (13)...CGRFS engine supplier Lexus leads the Manufacturer Standings (35-32) over Pontiac following Round 1...CGRFS constructor Riley leads Doran (35-24) in the Chassis Standings...on the strength of their win in Round 1, CGRFS has led 468 of 668 total laps, or 71%.

MEXICO CITY HISTORY AND MORE: In two career appearances (2005-2006), CGRFS has a best finish of first (2006) and has won the pole once (2006). To date, the No.01 team boasts 14 wins in 41 career Grand American starts, an astounding winning percentage of 34%. The team's last pole position in the 2006 Utah finale (Pruett) marked the No.01 car's 20th in 41 career Rolex Series starts-- a pole-winning percentage of 49%.

MEXICO CITY REWIND: Last season Pruett and Luis Diaz started on pole and led all 100 laps at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. After scoring the No.01 team's 16th pole position in 28 races, Pruett drove away from the field and built up a 20-plus second lead until the caution flag flew on Lap 46. Diaz assumed the driving duties for the remainder of the 100-lap event after the team's only pit stop during the caution period. The Mexico City native never relinquished the lead and finished 2.84 seconds ahead of the nearest Daytona Prototype challenger. With the win, Diaz became the first Mexican driver in more than 30 years to earn a victory in a major international motor race in Mexico. It was just the third time that a Mexican driver has won an international event in Mexico City, following a victory by Hector Rebaque, Memo Rojas and Freddy Van Buren in the 1974 IMSA 1000km of Mexico, and Moises Soloma, who won a 1968 USRRC event.

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Hector Rebaque , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing