Montreal: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

Pruett and Rojas Stretch Championship Points Lead with Top-Five Finish in Montreal MONTREAL, Quebec (August 1, 2008)-The TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team consistently ran in the top-five positions throughout the entire...

Pruett and Rojas Stretch Championship Points Lead with Top-Five Finish in Montreal

MONTREAL, Quebec (August 1, 2008)-The TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team consistently ran in the top-five positions throughout the entire two-hour timed event at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (CGV). The team changed their driver sequence as Pruett qualified and completed the first driving stint whereas Rojas completed the final 46 of 69 total laps. With Pruett's first and the team's second pole starting position of the season, he lead the first 17 laps of the event. Rojas' rotation in the driver's seat saw him lead 10 laps as he focused on conserving fuel since the team made one pit stop.

Fuel conservation was the strategic mission of the race as Rojas ran in sixth place on the final lap and gained the fifth place position after one of the front running cars (No.23) ran out of fuel before reaching the checkered flag. Pruett and Rojas have scored fifth place finishes at CGV in their two Rolex Series trips to the track and amassed their first pole position and first laps lead at the track this weekend.

Pruett and Rojas currently lead the Rolex series driver and team championship race with their largest margin of the season with 321 points, 63 points over the No.99 Fogarty/Gurney car (321).

Scott Pruett: "We tried a different sequence by having me qualify the car. Getting our second pole (position) of the season was a great start to the weekend. I can't say enough about how important it is that we have consistent finishes and race smart races -- that is what will win us the championship. So, I'm pleased with a top-five finish today. We picked up points in the championship and we are working hard to ensure that the final four races are successful for the TELMEX team."

Memo Rojas: "I definitely wanted to end the day on the podium, but I knew that the TELMEX team was working hard to conserve as much fuel as we could since we only had one pit stop throughout the entire race. Scott did an awesome job with qualifying in pole position and we had a strong run today. Our focus is on the championship and so picking up an additional three points today was a good thing, but there's always the personal goal to win races."

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Gilles Villeneuve , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing