Wagner, Collins take over points lead

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 2004) -- Rx.com G&W Motorsports drivers Cort Wagner and Kelly Collins proved that consistency is the key as they moved into the Daytona Prototype points lead in the latest Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series ...

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 13, 2004) -- Rx.com G&W Motorsports drivers Cort Wagner and Kelly Collins proved that consistency is the key as they moved into the Daytona Prototype points lead in the latest Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series standings. Although the pair has yet to score their first win of the season, back-to-back podium finishes in Miami and Phoenix, coupled with a fourth-place finish in the Daytona Prototype class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, have given Wagner and Collins a three-point lead in the latest standings.

Wagner and Collins jumped from fourth place into the lead with 90 points in the latest standings. Food City 250 winners Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor also made a leap in the points, moving to within three points of the leaders after being in seventh place prior to their win.

Andy Wallace, who took the points lead following his and Milka Duno's win in the Grand Prix of Miami, slipped to six points behind the leader after a disappointing 12th-place finish in Phoenix. Defending champion Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber also took a tumble in the points, dropping from second place to eighth, just behind CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis, who moved up from 10th to sixth place.

SunTrust Racing, which enjoyed its first win in the series over the weekend, claimed the top spot in the Daytona Prototype team point standings, moving up from fourth place. CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports slipped out of the lead into second place, three points behind the leader, while Michael Shank Racing maintained its third-place spot, four points out of the lead.

Since the No. 81 BMW Doran was not ready in time for the Rolex 24, leaving Wagner and Collins to join Michael Shank Racing for the event, the Rx.com G&W Motorsports team got a late start in the team points, resulting in their ninth-place position in the latest standings.

Mike Fitzgerald held onto his lead in the GT driver points following a seventh-place finish in the class at the Food City 250. The Orbit Racing driver's 87 points give him a three-point lead over Kevin Buckler, of The Racer's Group, and Boris Said, of Prototype Technology Group, who are both tied for second.

Said's co-driver, Bill Auberlen, jumped from ninth place to fourth following the pair's class win in Phoenix. He now trails the leader by six points.

The top-three teams in the GT class remained the same in the latest standings. Orbit Racing continues to lead with The Racer's Group No. 67 Porsche in second place, five points back, and the team's No. 66 entry in third place, six points behind.

There was also little change in the SGS class as TPC Racing drivers Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas stayed on top of the driver standings with 99 points. Their teammates, Andy Lally and Marc Bunting, trail by seven points, while Doncaster Racing drivers Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Bobby Julien are 10 points behind.

TPC Racing's No. 38 Porsche also continued its time atop of the team point standings with 92 points. It holds a three-point advantage over Doncaster Racing's No. 91 Porsche. The Orison Planet Earth Motorsports No. 41 Porsche moved up one spot to third place with 75 points.

Pontiac's three-straight Daytona Prototype wins has the manufacturer dominating the engine-maker point standings with 105 points. Lexus is in second place with 94 points, while BMW holds third with 86. Doran still holds the top of the chassis standings with a six-point lead over Crawford and 10-point advantage over Riley.

Porsche leads the GT class standings with 97 points, while BMW's back-to-back wins in the class has moved it to within 13 points. Porsche also dominates the SGS class, with three-consecutive wins giving the German automaker a 38-point advantage over Chevrolet.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will return to action next month in the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada. For more information in the event, visit www.lecircuit.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Boris Said , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Bill Auberlen , Kelly Collins , Kevin Buckler , Andy Lally , Max Angelelli , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Michael Levitas , Forest Barber , Marc Bunting , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing