GRAND-AM Posts $25,000 ‘Bounty’ To Stop ‘Ganassi Gang’
Special Reward Will Go To Team That Ends Pruett, Rojas Winning Streak
This reward gives their competition another incentive to step up and beat them to the checkered flag.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing, with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, are wanted men in the GRAND-AM paddock. Responding to a six-race winning streak dating back to the final three races of 2010, GRAND-AM has posted a $25,000 bounty to the first team stopping the “Ganassi Gang” and score an overall victory in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Competitors will have their first opportunity to stop the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley at the Bosch Engineering 250 on Saturday, May 14 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va.
“Chip Ganassi and his entire organization have done an amazing job fashioning one of the most remarkable streaks in the annals of American sports car competition,” said Mark Raffauf, GRAND-AM director of competition. “This reward gives their competition another incentive to step up and beat them to the checkered flag.”
Pruett and Rojas wrapped up the 2010 Daytona Prototype championship by winning at Watkins Glen International, Montreal’s Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and Miller Motorsports Park – giving them nine victories in 12 events. To open the current season, the Ganassi Gang followed up a 1-2 finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with victories at Homestead-Miami Speedway and Barber Motorsports Park. Rival car owner Mike Shank knows all too well what’s needed to bring the Ganassi Gang to “justice."
“You need to have a perfect race to beat them, but it seems to be almost impossible to make that happen right now against them,” said Shank, who fields the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford/Riley for John Pew and Ozz Negri.
“Regardless, I don’t want Ganassi and his team to go away. We can all be upset that they’re dominating right now, but at the end of the day, we need them in our series. We’ll figure out on our own how to beat them. That’s up to us.”