Watkins Glen II: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

CompUSA Looking to Double Up (again) at the Glen Watkins Glen, New York, August 11th, 2004 -- When the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team heads back to Watkins Glen, this time on the short course, for Friday's Rolex Grand ...

CompUSA Looking to Double Up (again) at the Glen

Watkins Glen, New York, August 11th, 2004 -- When the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team heads back to Watkins Glen, this time on the short course, for Friday's Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series' Sahlen's 200, the team will not only be looking to repeat the success they had at there at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in June (a first and third place finish) but they'll be looking to put another back-to-back winning weekend together.

Their first came after consecutive wins for the No.01 Lexus Riley Daytona Prototype of Max Papis and Scott Pruett at Mont Tremblant and Watkins Glen.

No.02 CompUSA duo Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz took the checkered flag in third spot in that first visit to the long course (3.4 mile) at the Glen, giving the team their first double podium of the year.

The CompUSA team scored their third victory and their second double podium of the season last weekend in Mid-Ohio with No.01 duo of Pruett and Papis finishing in top spot, and no.02 Lexus Riley Mexican tandem of Morales and Diaz with a third place finish for the second time this season. Both CompUSA Daytona Prototypes are looking to build on that success this weekend as they compete in the Sahlen's 200, a timed, late evening race on the 2.45 mile short course at Watkins Glen.

No. 01 Lexus Riley co-drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis, have finished inside the top-two positions in each of the past five races, led by driver Scott Pruett, who owns four poles in four qualifying attempts this season, and the No. 01 has started from the pole position in six of the seven races thus far.

Their CompUSA teammates, No. 02 Lexus Riley drivers Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz, are still looking for their first win of the season but have shown that they can run at the front with the leaders in nearly every race this season, and have climbed up on the podium twice with a pair of solid third place finishes at "Six Hours of the Glen" and at the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic.

The No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley continues to lead the team standings with 218 points, while Lexus is just three points back in the engine manufacturer standings with 231 points and Riley leads in the chassis standings with 227 points.

This race weekend at Watkins Glen will mark the second and final time in 2004, that the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will run in conjunction with the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, as the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen, Round 8 of the 12-race 2004 Rolex Series calendar, takes the green flag on Friday evening following NEXTEL Cup qualifying at Watkins Glen International.

CompUSA's Scott Pruett will be performing another double, as he is slated to also drive the No. 39 Target Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, sister team to the CompUSA team in the Rolex Series, on Sunday. It will be his first time in the No. 39 since he finishing third in June's NASCAR Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway.

Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch all the race action on SPEED Channel, who will provide same-night tape-delayed television coverage of the Sahlen's 200 at the Glen beginning at 10 p.m. ET on Friday, August 13. Racing fans can also follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the GrandAmerican.com website for free Zippo live timing results and are invited to follow the team's progress by logging onto their official website at chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Jimmy Morales , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing