Watkins Glen: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

COMPUSA'S TEAM POINT LEAD INTACT FOLLOWING FRUSTRATION AT THE GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y (June 3, 2006) -- After starting on pole position per the Rolex Series team points queue, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley finished the grueling Sahlen's Six...

COMPUSA'S TEAM POINT LEAD INTACT FOLLOWING FRUSTRATION AT THE GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y (June 3, 2006) -- After starting on pole position per the Rolex Series team points queue, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley finished the grueling Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen in seventh in what was a difficult race to call for engineers and drivers alike.

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Scott Pruett started the six-hour enduro, immediately fighting a car that was challenged for straight-line speed and complemented by an unpredictable rear end. The 2004 Daytona Prototype champion weathered the storm, logging 38 tours of the 3.4 mile circuit before the day's first driver change for Luis Diaz.

A determined Diaz ran a cautious stint that concluded on Lap 75, and Pruett regained the helm in 13th with an uphill battle ahead. He managed to keep his nose clean over the final 79 laps, but the deciding factor in the race came down to tire choice. As the mist turned to rain and the dry line continued to blur to a wet one, the team teetered between choosing treaded or slick Hoosier rubber as the race fell out of their hands.

Fortunately, CGRFS managed to run an incident-free event, one which finished with Pruett behind the wheel, driving to a seventh-place result.

Pruett and Diaz temporarily slide four points out of the Driver point standings with 287 (291, Jorg Bergmeister), but maintain the Team category lead, 287-280 over the no.19 Daytona Prototype as the series enters Round 9 of the 14-race schedule.

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday, June 24th on the 2.258-mile permanent road course. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 3:00 ET Sunday, June 25th (TAPE-DELAY).

CGRFS Driver Quoteboard

SCOTT PRUETT "There's really not much to say after a day like today. Weather had a big part in the outcome. I think we had to make some big calls on tire choices when it mattered, and that hurt a bit because we were down a lap when it all started to unravel. Seventh is still a strong showing, but this team always strives for the best. The car just wasn't where we would have liked it to have been this weekend."

LUIS DIAZ "A couple times we had to make a call on tires, and it's a touch situation when the team was faced with the conditions we had out there for six hours. It was constantly changing throughout the event. Although we didn't get the result we wanted today, we are still focused on the championship, and that remains the priority, win or lose."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Jörg Bergmeister , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing