Mexico City: Lexus Motorsports preview

GANASSI, LEXUS EYE THIRD STRAIGHT WIN AS ROLEX SERIES GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER - After following up a record third-straight Rolex 24 at Daytona victory with a dominating win at Homestead, the ...

GANASSI, LEXUS EYE THIRD STRAIGHT WIN AS ROLEX SERIES GOES SOUTH OF THE BORDER - After following up a record third-straight Rolex 24 at Daytona victory with a dominating win at Homestead, the #01 Ganassi Lexus team and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will head to Mexico City this weekend looking for third consecutive triumph.

LEXUS TAKES MANUFACTURER'S LEAD TO MEXICO -- With back-to-back victories, Lexus has an early 13-point lead in the Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship over its four rivals -- Porsche, Audi, Pontiac and Ford. The hotly-contested race has seen each of the series' five manufacturers register at least one top-five finish in the season's first two races, with four of the five registering a podium finish. Lexus won the 2006 manufacturer's title.

RECORD-SETTERS -- With a pair of 2008 wins, Pruett now has 16 Rolex Series career victories, while Chip Ganassi Racing has extended its win total to 17 - both Rolex Series records.

AND THE STREAK GOES ON.... -- Not only are Pruett and the #01 Lexus team the biggest winners in the sport, but they're also the most consistent team. In addition to the recent victories to open the season at the Rolex 24 and Miami, Pruett and the #01 Telmex Lexus have now finished in the top-10 in a record 21 straight races, dating back to Mid-Ohio in June 2006.

MEXICAN CONNECTION -- No Daytona Prototype team has a greater connection to Mexico than Chip Ganassi Racing. Memo Rojas, a Mexico City native, is the only full-time Mexican driver in the series, while long-time sponsor Telmex is based in Mexico. The connection appears to have carried over to the track as the team has never finished below fourth in the three Grand-Am races held at the circuit. Pruett and teammate Luis Diaz led much of the 2005 race before a late-race pit stop dropped them to an eventual third-place finish. The following season, the same pairing combined for a dominating victory in front of a partisan crowd. Last season's event was Rojas' first-ever race in front of his hometown crowd at the Autodromo Hermanos de Rodriguez and resulted in a fourth-place finish.

ON THE RISE -- The Southard Motorsports pairing of Shane Lewis and Bill Lester earned their first top-10 finish of the season with a ninth at Miami and climbed up to 12th in points. The team also ran in the top eight at Daytona before a mid-race accident dropped them from contention. This weekend's race will mark the first-ever appearance in Mexico City for Lester.

-credit: l/tm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Bill Lester , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing