Millville: Chip Ganassi Racing Friday report

Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Team Pruett's Progress: After an on-track accident during Thursday's promoter test day at NJMP, Pruett was evaluated and released from South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center by ...

Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No. 01 TELMEX Lexus Team

Pruett's Progress: After an on-track accident during Thursday's promoter test day at NJMP, Pruett was evaluated and released from South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center by Thursday afternoon. Per safety regulations he visited a neurologist on Friday morning and was evaluated, released and given the go-ahead to race on Sunday.

48 Hours and Counting: The No.01 TELMEX team decided to build a back-up car to race in Sunday's inaugural event at NJMP. After Pruett's accident the team flew back to the team's Indianapolis-based shop and reported to work by 7 a.m. Friday to build car to race on Sunday. The No.02 Target/TELMEX car that was raced in January's Rolex 24 At Daytona by Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammates, Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon, Salvador Duran and Alex Lloyd will be run using Grand-Am approved bodywork. The team transporter will depart Indianapolis on Saturday and will arrive with the team in tow by the start of Sunday's race.

First Timer: Grand-Am will host the first event at the newly built NJMP; and the venue is the only inaugural event on the 2008 Rolex Series schedule. In 2007 Pruett and Rojas visited Iowa Speedway and Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (Montreal) for the first time and scored a victory and a top-five finish, respectively.

Record-Breaking?: If Pruett wins the Grand-Am championship, he could score an American record eight major sports car championships, breaking a record he currently holds with the late Peter Gregg. Pruett's title includes one Daytona Prototype championship (2004), two IMSA GTO titles (1986 and 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am championships (1987,1994 and 2003). In 10 full season of sports car racing since 1986, Pruett has never finished below second in a championship race. With a championship Rojas could be the first Mexican driver to win a major racing championship in the United States.

Atop the Standings: Pruett and Rojas will enter Saturday's event with a 42-point margin over the No.99 car as the TELMEX team continues to hold the championship points lead into Round #13. The TELMEX duo has entered each race this season as the points leader and has led 521 laps of 1,750 total laps run this season (29%).

Comparisons, Comparisons: For the first time in Grand-Am's two-year history at Sonoma, two races (New Jersey and Salt Lake City) will remain after visiting Infineon Raceway rather than only one event. With that difference in mind, the TELMEX's team proficiency in the late stages of the season are highlighted below:

CHASSIS INFO

No. 01 TELMEX: Will race back-up car with Grand-Am approved bodywork. Car last raced under the No.02 Target/TELMEX CGRFS car at the 2008 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Dan Wheldon , Gilles Villeneuve , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Alex Lloyd , Salvador Duran , Peter Gregg
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing