CHIP GANASSI RACING'S SCOTT PRUETT NOMINATED FOR 2006 AARWBA TEAM INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 5, 2006) - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' (CGRFS) Daytona Prototype driver Scott Pruett and former driver Luis Diaz have been nominated in...
CHIP GANASSI RACING'S SCOTT PRUETT NOMINATED FOR 2006 AARWBA TEAM
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (December 5, 2006) - Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' (CGRFS) Daytona Prototype driver Scott Pruett and former driver Luis Diaz have been nominated in the Road Racing category for the 2006 American Auto Racing Writers & Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) Auto Racing All-America Team.
After their CGRFS counterparts Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Casey Mears won the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in the No.02 Target Lexus-Riley, Pruett and Diaz went on to secure the Team Championship for the second time in three Grand American seasons in the No.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley. They finished on the podium in eight of 14 races and concluded the season as the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (13), poles (20) and podium finishes (29). CGRFS also had a series-leading 786 of 2217 total laps led, or 35%.
In addition to the Team Championship, CGRFS helped give engine manufacturer Lexus its first-ever Daytona Prototype Championship. CGRFS chassis manufacturer Riley also clinched the 2006 Daytona Prototype Constructor Championship.
Diaz and Pruett, who are considered one entry by AARWBA, competed together in every Rolex Series race in 2006 and led the series with five victories in the No. 01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley. The duo tied the series record for most overall wins in a single season on the strength of victories in Mexico City, Long Beach, Phoenix, Watkins Glen and Infineon Raceway.
Pruett, the 2004 Rolex Series Driver's Champion, continues to be the most successful Daytona Prototype pilot ever with career records for wins (12), pole positions (9) and podium finishes (24). Heading into 2007 with 12 career victories, he has positioned himself within one win of James Weaver's all-time Rolex Series record for victories (13).
In addition, Pruett ranks among the top-10 in All-America first-team selections with seven and is looking to make the first team for the fourth-consecutive year, while Diaz earned his first All-America first team in 2005.
The Rolex Series duo also delivered Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. its' 75th win in motorsports (1990-2006) this season with a victory at Infineon Raceway.
Next up for the no.01 team is the 45th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 27-28, 2007.