VIR: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TEAMS: Back-to-back Rolex 24 At Daytona Champions TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley, and in their season debut with CGRFS, Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante in the...

TEAMS: Back-to-back Rolex 24 At Daytona Champions TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley, and in their season debut with CGRFS, Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante in the No.19 Z-Line Designs/Mission Residential/Make-A-Wish Foundation Lexus-Riley.

VENUE: Virginia International Raceway this Sunday, April 29th (1:00pm ET), on the 3.27-mile natural terrain road course in Alton, Virginia -- Round 4 of the 14-race Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season.

AIR DATE: April 29th, 1:00 pm ET (LIVE) on SPEED Channel.

LAST RACE: Homestead-Miami Speedway, Fla. St. 7 Fn. 3 NEXT RACE: May 20th, U.S. Sports Car Invitational, Monterey, Ca. (2006, St. 6 Fn. 10)

TEAM POINTS: No.01 TELMEX Lexus-Riley, 93 points (Leader, +1) DRIVER POINTS: Scott Pruett, 93 points (Leader, +1); Memo Rojas, 68 points (6th, -25)

EXHAUST NOTES: CGRFS continues to be the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (14), poles (19) and podium finishes (31). Pruett continues to be the winningest driver in the history of the Daytona Prototype class (13), and has now tied James Weaver's Rolex Series record for overall wins (13)...CGRFS engine supplier Lexus currently ranks second in the Manufacturer Standings, trailing Pontiac by just six points following Round 3...CGRFS constructor Riley leads Crawford (105-71) in the Chassis Standings...on the strength of their win in Round 1, CGRFS has led 468 of 859 total laps, or 55%.

VIRGINIA HISTORY AND MORE: In three career appearances (2004-2006), CGRFS has a best finish of first (2005) and has won the pole once (2004). To date, the No.01 team boasts 14 wins in 43 career Grand American starts, an astounding winning percentage of 33%. The team's last pole position in the 2006 Utah finale (Pruett) marked the No.01 car's 20th in 43 career Rolex Series starts-- a pole-winning percentage of 47%.

VIR REWIND: Last season at VIR, the No.01 team fought back fiercely from a last minute engine change that resulted in a starting grid position of 22nd to finish third in one of the most closely contested races in Rolex Series history. Luis Diaz had taken the lead before the driver change on Lap 46 when Pruett took over and cycled through the field as the pit strategy played out, finding himself in eighth on Lap 50 when the race to the checkered began. Pruett waltzed his way through the field all the way to second and three cars, No.01, No.10 and No.23 fought nose to nose to the finish, with the No.23 sneaking by Pruett and Angelelli to steal the show.

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Michael Valiante , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing