Phoenix: Lexus qualifying report

Pruett Leads Lexus-Powered Entries Into Top 10 In Phoenix Qualifying; To Start On Front Row At Pir PHOENIX, Ariz.. (May 12, 2006) -- Scott Pruett led a strong Lexus effort with a second-place finish as all three Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes...

Pruett Leads Lexus-Powered Entries Into Top 10 In Phoenix Qualifying; To Start On Front Row At Pir

PHOENIX, Ariz.. (May 12, 2006) -- Scott Pruett led a strong Lexus effort with a second-place finish as all three Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes finished in the top 10 in Friday night's qualifying race at Phoenix International Raceway in preparation for Saturday's Gainsco Grand Prix.

Pruett started second in his #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley and maintained the position throughout the 30-minute event. The strong showing in the full points-paying race moved he and co-driver Luis Diaz to within just four points of the series lead, as well as secured the duo a front-row starting spot for Saturday's feature race.

Michael Shank Racing driver Mike Borkowski placed fifth in the #6 Mears Motor Coach Lexus-Riley, his best finish since placing third at Mexico City in the season's second event. He will co-drive with impressive rookie Antoine Bessett on Saturday.

Oswaldo Negri also was in the thick of the hunt on Friday night, battling for a top-five finish before tangling with the #39 Cheever Racing entry that triggered a multi-car crash on the tight Phoenix course. While Negri was able to continue on in the #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley, he was given a one-minute penalty for his role in the incident and dropped out of the top-10 and into 17th. He will campaign the car with teammate Mark Patterson Saturday.

Mike Borkowksi, #6 Mears Motor Coach Lexus-Riley: "These races are pretty intense!. The car was good, and everything is so close in Rolex now that you just have to capitalize when you get the chance. It's great for Antoine to be starting so close to the front, and hopefully we can stay out of trouble tomorrow night and score some more points toward the championship."

Scott Pruett, #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley: "We went out there and just didn't try to do anything but be smart and get whatever points we could. I'm happy for the team because we had some problems in the first qualifying race, which unfortunately put us at the back of the pack for the start at Virginia, even though we had a good result. We're looking for the points. We learned a few things about the car tonight, but it's been a pretty tough weekend. This is a tough track. It's tight, it's tough, it's slippery and you just can't have many miscues."

-lexus/toyota

Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing