Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TEAM: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and co-pilots Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz VENUE: Watkins Glen International this Saturday, June 3rd (2:30pm ET), on the 3.4-mile permanent road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Round 8 of 14 ...

TEAM: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and co-pilots Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz

VENUE: Watkins Glen International this Saturday, June 3rd (2:30pm ET), on the 3.4-mile permanent road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Round 8 of 14 on the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season

EXHAUST NOTES: Pruett currently leads the Rolex Series in the Laps Led category with 177, followed by Diaz in third with 125...CGRFS engine supplier Lexus leads the Manufacturer Standings 310-293 over Pontiac...CGRFS constructor Riley leads Crawford (332-308) in the Chassis Standings...on the strength of four team wins through seven rounds in 2006 (no.1 and no.02 cars), CGRFS has led 644 of 1423 total laps, or 45%.

AIR DATE: June 3rd at 2:30 PM ET on SPEED Channel (LIVE)

TEAM POINTS: no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, 263 points (first) DRIVER POINTS: Scott Pruett, Luis Diaz, 263 points (first)

LAST RACE: Phoenix, St. 2 Fn. 1 NEXT RACE: June 25th, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (finished 2nd in 2005)

TEAM STATS: The no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has three wins (Mexico City, Long Beach, Phoenix), two poles (Mexico City, Long Beach) and has finished on the podium in five of seven races in 2006 entering Watkins Glen this Saturday. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates is the most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (11), poles (17) and podium finishes (26); while Pruett is the most successful Daytona Prototype pilot ever with career records for wins (10), pole positions (7-tied Papis) and podium finishes (21). The 2004 Rolex Series Championship-winning team also captured the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona this past January.

WATKINS GLEN HISTORY: In two career appearances (2004-05) in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has a best finish of first in 2004, and a best starting spot of second in 2005. The car has never finished off of the podium in the event, placing third in 2005. In four career 6 Hour races (Watkins Glen, Mont-Tremblant 2004-05) the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has two wins, never finishing outside the podium...The 2004 edition of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen marked the second career win for the team... To date, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has won 10 times in 33 career Grand American starts, a winning percentage of 0.30.

WATKINS 6 HOUR REWIND: After combining to lead a race-high 46 laps, no. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley co-drivers Pruett and Diaz were fortunate to escape with a third-place result. When the skies opened up for the first time, Diaz slid off course in the "boot" and hit by the No. 58 Red Bull-Brumos Racing Porsche-Fabcar when it spun off at the same time. Diaz managed to keep the car running and hustled back to the pits. The team changed tires and got Pruett back behind the wheel without losing a lap, although he was in ninth place with roughly one hour remaining. In the waning laps, Pruett was able to work his way forward and survived a last-lap charge by McDowell to secure the third-place result. It was the fourth-consecutive podium result for Pruett and Diaz, and their performance coupled with a sixth-place showing by No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley co-drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli moved them into a four-way tie for the lead in the Daytona Prototype driver standings.

ROUND 7 RECAP: After taking the lead on Lap 95 from their second place starting position under the lights at Phoenix International Raceway, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley never looked back and took their third win of the 2006 season. The victory enabled the CompUSA team to jump ahead in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship standings with a seven point lead. Teammate Pruett claimed the lead on Lap 95, as the no.10 car of Max Angelelli--who had won the race off pit road as all the leaders pitted on the previous lap--was forced to return to pit lane after the right front wheel was not properly attached. The no. 01 machine was not seriously challenged from that point onward, and Pruett went on to record a 9.026-second victory over Ryan Dalziel in the No. 89 Playboy Pontiac-Riley. It was a Rolex Series-record 10th career Daytona Prototype victory for Pruett. He and Diaz now lead No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford-Riley driver Jorg Bergmeister by seven points, 263-256, in the Daytona Prototype driver standings, with No. 19 Playboy/Uniden Racing Ford-Crawford driver Michael McDowell just one point behind Bergmeister.

CGRFS QUOTEBOARD

SCOTT PRUETT

"Watkins Glen has always been a favorite of mine, having competed here in all types of cars through my career. This weekend's race is important for the CompUSA team in terms of sustaining the momentum we gained in Phoenix with a win two weeks ago. Luis has faired well here in the past too as evidenced by a pole at The Glen last season. He's confident, and we should be strong. The team knows this place inside and out, so look for another strong showing from the Chip Ganassi Racing squad on Saturday. Patience and execution are key at this track."

LUIS DIAZ

"I think Scott and I have been successful here in the past. We are familiar with the layout, and it will be a priority for us to get the car up to speed quickly with 27 Daytona Prototypes entered this weekend. I have all the confidence in the world in my team, and I know it will be a long, hard race like we always seem to have in the Rolex Sports Car Series."

-www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Luis Diaz , Jörg Bergmeister , Michael McDowell , Max Angelelli , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing