DIAZ RACES INTO HISTORY WITH POPULAR WIN IN MEXICO CITY 250 MEXICO CITY (March 4, 2006) CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Luis Diaz and his no. 01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley co-driver Scott Pruett started on pole and led all 100 laps of...
DIAZ RACES INTO HISTORY WITH POPULAR WIN IN MEXICO CITY 250
MEXICO CITY (March 4, 2006) CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Luis Diaz and his no. 01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley co-driver Scott Pruett started on pole and led all 100 laps of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve Mexico City 250 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.
This is the second win in as many races for Chip Ganassi Racing on the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season after the no.02 car took the opening round at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
With the win, the team vaulted from 19th to third in the championship race, four points behind the no.77 Doran Racing Ford-Doran (50-46).
Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the Grand Prix of Miami March 23-25 at the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 8:00 ET Saturday March 25th (Tape Delay).
CGRFS Driver Quoteboard
LUIS DIAZ "It's a total team effort first. I have to thank everyone involved from TELMEX to Chip to Carlos Slim to the whole Ganassi team. We owed this win to the Mexican people after what happened last year. I have to thank Lexus as well, as they came a long way for us from last year in terms of fuel mileage. Scott did an awesome job for the team today too a flawless performance. This is the biggest win of my career and I couldn't be happier knowing it came with Chip Ganassi Racing in front of my family and friends."
SCOTT PRUETT "This win is so exciting to be a part of. With all the teams' ties to Mexico, this is just on another scale in terms of big wins. The car was perfect all day, and for this team its very, very special to win here. I couldn't be happier for Luis. Its one thing to win big races, but it's another thing to win big races in your backyard, and he did that today. I couldn't be more proud of him."