VIR: Lexus preview

PRUETT, GANASSI TAKE POINTS LEADS INTO VIR -- Scott Pruett will take a one-point lead in the Grand-Am Driver's Championship into the VIR 400, while his Chip Ganassi Racing team maintains the same lead in the Team Championship standings. The ...

PRUETT, GANASSI TAKE POINTS LEADS INTO VIR -- Scott Pruett will take a one-point lead in the Grand-Am Driver's Championship into the VIR 400, while his Chip Ganassi Racing team maintains the same lead in the Team Championship standings.

The #01 Telmex Lexus-Riley, which Pruett will co-drive with Memo Rojas, has finished in the top four in each of the first three races of the season, and if past performance is any indication, the squad should enjoy another strong weekend at VIR. Since entering the series in 2004, Pruett and his co-drivers have been on the podium in each of the last three seasons, with a second in 2004, a win in 2005 and a third last season.

In addition, the team holds the track record in qualifying.

LEXUS TO POWER ADDITIONAL SIXTH ENTRY -- Lexus will power a sixth entry for the rest of the 2007 season as Chip Ganassi Racing will field an entry for Findlay Motorsports beginning with this weekend's action at VIR. Former Toyota Atlantic star Michael Valiante will team with Rob Findlay behind the wheel. The duo currently sit 11th in points and have earned a pair of top-10 finishes this season. The pairing had a strong run at VIR a year ago with a third-place showing in the qualifying race followed by a ninth in Sunday's feature race.

AIMING TO KEEP STREAK ALIVE -- The first-year AIM Autosport team will look to extend their top-10 finish streak to four this weekend. Having raced in just one Rolex Series event prior to this season, AIM has earned a fifth, a seventh and a tenth in the season's first three races and has been the surprise of the Daytona Prototype paddock. Full-time driver Mark Wilkins will team with Brian Frisselle this weekend. Brian and his brother, Burt, will alternate races throughout the season. Brian has earned a fifth and seventh in his two outings this year.

LOCAL FAVORITE -- Southard Motorsports' Randy Ruhlman brings the local favorite tag to southern Virginia this weekend. Ruhlman, a former Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, lives approximately 90 minutes away in Greensboro, North Carolina. He'll team with Shane Lewis in the entry that finished sixth at VIR in 2005.

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Scott Pruett , Michael Valiante , Randy Ruhlman , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Mark Wilkins , Brian Frisselle
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing