Pruett, Rojas Lead Most Laps On Way to Fifth-Place Finish at Montreal; stretch series lead JTORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2008) -- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to lead a race-high 27 laps in the ...
Pruett, Rojas Lead Most Laps On Way to Fifth-Place Finish at Montreal; stretch series lead
JTORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 1, 2008) -- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to lead a race-high 27 laps in the #01 Lexus, leading the race until just 17 minutes remained before fading late to place fifth in Friday's Montreal 200 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
While the team missed out on its seventh win of the season, the fifth-place showing extends their championship lead to 63 points with just four races remaining. The Ganassi team also holds a 63-point advantage in the team champi onship, while Lexus' manufacturer's championship lead was trimmed to just 10 points.
In addition to the 27 laps led by Ganassi, the #3 Southard Motorsports Lexus driven by Shane Lewis and Bill Lester also led four laps today, giving Lexus a total of 31 for the day. After starting 10th and running in the top-five for much of the mid-portion of the race, the team fell back in the field after making a late pit-stop, eventually finishing 14th.
- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their championship points lead to 63 points today and can now capture the Rolex Sports Car Series championship by finishing 11th or better in each of the season's final four races.J
- With their 27 laps led today, the #01 Ganassi Lexus team has now led 487 laps this season, more than double the amount of their nearest competitor. The #01 has led every race this season.< o:p>
- Today's fifth-place finish is the ninth top-five finish in 10 races this season for the #01 Lexus. It also extends the team's record for consecutive top-10 finishes to 29, dating back to Mid-Ohio in June, 2006.
- Lexus win total remains at six, but the manufacturer can match its previous single-season high win total of seven, set in 2006, with just one victory in the season's final four races.
-credit: lexus/toyota motorsports