Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas came home the winners at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to capture the team championship for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and they inched closer to their second Drivers' Championship also. It is the fourth...
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas came home the winners at Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve to capture the team championship for the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and they inched closer to their second Drivers' Championship also. It is the fourth Rolex Grand-Am Series championship for the team.
The two combined their efforts in their BMW Riley to land their eighth series victory in a single season, setting a new record in the Daytona Prototype class.
The two hour race in Montreal, Quebec, Canada saw a close battle between them and the Bob Stallings Racing team with Pruett having to hold off Alex Gurney before he was able to build up an edge, taking the victory by two seconds.
"What a glorious day!" Pruett said. "This has been one of those races that it's been difficult for us to get our hands around. It's exciting for us as a team to wrestle it to the ground today. It's truly been a dream season, and it takes some of the stress off going into Salt Lake City. That's another of those races where we've never been to victory lane."
Gurney's teammate Jon Fogarty was the pole winner but the two Bob Stallings Racing drivers needed to pull of the win as did Ryan Dalziel, Max Angelelli, Ricky Taylor, Burt Frisselle and Mark Wilkins to have had even a slight chance of taking this years driver title.
"It's a good run for us," Gurney said. "We always like winning, so it is a little frustrating because we thought we had a good enough car going in. We lost out on the pit stop and we are still actually not quite sure why we did because we thought we had a pretty good stop. I think maybe the 01 took a second more fuel on the first stop, which would have made their second stop quicker, so they got out just in front of us, which was a shame."
Following the Chevrolet Riley of Gurney and Fogarty across the line was the SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara driven by Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor.
"I had problems on the restarts both times, so I was not able to get a run on the 01 and the 99," explained Angelelli. "The SunTrust car took a little bit longer than the other cars to get up to speed at the beginning of a run. It was a little bit frustrating, but we knew that we have struggled here with our car and we tried a lot of things in practice on Friday. Today, we threw everything away with the setup and went back to the setup that we showed up with, so we were kind of behind schedule. It is what it is, and we will take our sixth podium finish of the year and move to Utah for the last race of the season, where our car has been very good."
There is only one race remaining and with a 35 point lead, all Rojas and Pruett need to do is for each one to drive 30 minutes of the race at Miller Motorsports Park. If only one does the required time and the other does not, then they will not share the covered trophy.
In the GT class, Paul Edwards came from behind to pull out the victory for the Banner Racing team -- their first -- and for his team driver Scott Russell who now has his first race win.
Behind the Corvette was the two Camaro GT.Rs of Stevenson Motorsports. Ronnie Bremer and Gunter Schaldach beat out their team car to take second, leaving Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell in third.