BIG WIN FOR No.01 COMPUSA LEXUS RILEY AT PHOENIX PUTS TEAM BACK IN FIRST PLACE PHOENIX, Arizona. (May 13, 2006) -- After taking the lead on Lap 95 from their second place starting position under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway, the...
BIG WIN FOR No.01 COMPUSA LEXUS RILEY AT PHOENIX
PUTS TEAM BACK IN FIRST PLACE
PHOENIX, Arizona. (May 13, 2006) -- After taking the lead on Lap 95 from their second place starting position under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway, the no.01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley never looked back and took their third win of the 2006 season. The victory enabled the CompUSA team to jump ahead in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Championship standings with a 7 point lead.
"I was able to make clean passes and keep the car out of trouble early," said Diaz who took the start of the GAINSCO Grand prix of Phoenix. "The CompUSA guys did a great job keeping the car running really good all day. Even though it's still relatively early in the season, the championship is always on my mind, and it's awesome to get a win to put us back in the lead."
Teammate Scott Pruett claimed the lead on Lap 95, as the no.10 car of Max Angelelli--who had won the race off pit road as all the leaders pitted on the previous lap--was forced to return to pit lane after the right front wheel was not properly attached. The No. 01 machine was not seriously challenged from that point onward, and Pruett went on to record a 9.026-second victory over Ryan Dalziel in the No. 89 Playboy Pontiac Riley. It was a Rolex Series-record 10th career Daytona Prototype victory for Pruett.
"Luis and the whole CompUSA team did a great job this weekend," said Pruett who led 50 of 149 laps. "The competition was tough, and the track was challenging. I would like to thank Grand-Am for making the early decision to split the two classes for restarts. I believe this helped increase the level of racing action throughout the race and lowered the numbers of yellows."
Pruett and Diaz now lead No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley driver Jorg Bergmeister by seven points, 263-256, in the Daytona Prototype driver standings, with No. 19 Playboy/Uniden Racing Ford Crawford driver Michael McDowell just one point behind Bergmeister.
Pruett and Diaz previously won the Mexico City 250 and the Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach, and the GAINSCO Grand Prix victory comes at halfway point in the 2006 season for the Daytona Prototype class.