Watkins Glen II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Team Montreal in the Rear View: Pruett scored two pole positions in Montreal in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Grand-Am and No.40 Fastenal Dodge ...

TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS)
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas and the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Team

Montreal in the Rear View: Pruett scored two pole positions in Montreal in the No.01 TELMEX Lexus Grand-Am and No.40 Fastenal Dodge NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) cars on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Pruett broke the Rolex Series track record with his qualifying effort (1:33.199) and went on to capture a top-five finish with Memo Rojas (5th). Pruett grabbed the NNS pole position (1:02.568) and started the weekend as the fastest car in practice on Friday (1:02.493). The California native maintained a top-five running position through lap 41 of the shortened 48-lap NNS event until a strong rain and mechanical issues hindered his progress and resulted in a top-25 finish (22nd).

Last Time at The Glen: Pruett and Rojas broke CGRFS' winless streak at the six-hour race at WGI at their last visit in June to the track. The duo battled unseasonably warm weather and lead 39 of the final 64 laps in the race. The team's first win at the Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen in June spurred their latest wins at the Daytona 250 and Barber Motorsports Park in July which had been other winless venues.

Power Ranking: Pruett joined fellow Target Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon in the top echelons of National Speed Sport News' Motorsports Power Rankings (July 30). Pruett rounded out the top-five as he was cited with scoring six wins in the first ten races of the 2008 season. Dixon was ranked in 3rd place for his winning performance at the inaugural IndyCar event in Edmonton, Alberta.

The Glen in the Summer: The No.01 TELMEX team has not finished lower than the top-five at the late summer sprint race at WGI in the team's five-year Grand-Am history. The team has specifically amassed three podium finishes, two pole positions and one win in the two-hour event.

Continuing the Consistency: Pruett and Rojas continue to add to the No.01 TELMEX car's two-year streak of scoring top-ten finishing positions and completing every lap of each race (since June 29, 2006).

Atop the Standings: Pruett and Rojas will enter Friday's event at WGI with their largest points margin all season (63) over the No.99 car as the TELMEX team continues to hold the championship points lead into Round #11 after adding three points to their lead in Montreal. The TELMEX duo has entered each race this season as the points leader and has led 521 laps of 1,566 total laps run this season.

CHASSIS INFO
No.01 TELMEX: Nine previous race starts. Five wins, Homestead-Miami, VIR, Watkins Glen Six-Hour, Daytona 250 and Barber (2008). Two pole positions, Mexico City and Montreal (2008).

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing