Utah: Lexus qualifying report

PRUETT PUTS LEXUS ON POLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOT-OUT IN UTAH TOOELE, Utah (Sept. 14, 2007) -- Scott Pruett captured his and Lexus' first pole of the season to gain the point position for tomorrow's Sunchaser 1000 at the Miller Motorsports Park...

PRUETT PUTS LEXUS ON POLE FOR CHAMPIONSHIP SHOOT-OUT IN UTAH

TOOELE, Utah (Sept. 14, 2007) -- Scott Pruett captured his and Lexus' first pole of the season to gain the point position for tomorrow's Sunchaser 1000 at the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, in a hunt for a record eighth major sports car championship.

Pruett, who will co-drive with Memo Rojas and Salvador Duran on Saturday, currently trails the championship battle by one point and could clinch the title with a victory tomorrow. Earlier this year, Pruett established career records for most Rolex 24 victories (seven) and for most career Rolex Series wins (14).

Two other Lexus-powered cars also placed in the top 10 as Brian Frisselle was ninth in the #61 AIM Autosport entry, while Oswaldo Negri was 10th in the #60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus-Riley.

Three more cars with Lexus power were close behind Negri. Michael Valiante earned the 12th spot in the #19 Z-Line Design/Make a Wish Lexus, while Ian James was 13th in the #6 Playboy Lexus-Riley and Shane Lewis was 14th in the #3 PLP Lexus-Riley.

#01 Scott Pruett, Telmex Lexus-Riley: "It's nice to get the pole, but it is a seven and a half-hour race and you could come from the back of the pack and win this race. But we've been working hard, everyone at Ganassi and Lexus have been working hard. Lexus came here with some updates for us for this race and really did a great job in turning some key parts around in such a short time. But in the big scheme of things, my car was pretty ugly today. We were using up every piece of track from curb-to-curb trying to get some good laps out of it. But being on the pole is good and everyone from the team is excited about starting up front. Now we just need to get ready for the race."

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Scott Pruett , Ian James , Memo Rojas , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Salvador Duran , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing