Watkins Glen II: Lexus preview

LEXUS DRIVERS CLOSE IN ON TITLE -- With a fifth-place finish at Montreal, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their championship lead to 63 points heading into Friday's race at Wakins Glen. The Lexus-powered duo, as well as the Chip Ganassi...

LEXUS DRIVERS CLOSE IN ON TITLE -- With a fifth-place finish at Montreal, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas extended their championship lead to 63 points heading into Friday's race at Wakins Glen. The Lexus-powered duo, as well as the Chip Ganassi Racing team, can clinch their respective Rolex Sports Car Series championships by finishing 11th or better in each of the last four races of the season. Heading into this weekend, the #01 has never finished below seventh in 10 previous events at Watkins Glen. Overall, through the season's first 10 races, the pair has registered six wins and finished in the top-five in nine of 10 events.

LEXUS TITLE CHASE, CONT. -- The drivers and team championships aren't the only titles Lexus is in the hunt for as it currently holds a 10-point lead in the Rolex Series Manufacturer's Championship with just four races remaining. If Lexus maintains its lead, it would mark the second manufacturer's title in three years.

PRUETT CLOSES IN ON ALL-TIME RECORD -- As Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas inch closer to the Rolex Series title, a championship would give Pruett an American record eight major sports car series championship, breaking a record he currently holds along with the late Peter Gregg. Amazingly enough, Pruett could eclipse the record despite having spent eight full seasons in Indy cars and one in NASCAR, as well as missing a full season due to injury (1991). Pruett's titles include one Daytona Prototype championship (2004), two IMSA GTO titles (1986 and 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am championships (1987, 1994 and 2003). Overall, in 10 full seasons of sports car competition since 1986, Pruett has won seven championships and was the series runner-up on three occasions.

LEXUS AND THE GLEN -- After winning the six-hour event at Watkins Glen earlier this year in June, Lexus will attempt to sweep the two Rolex=2 0Series events with a victory this Friday at the upstate New York track. The June triumph was Lexus' fourth at Watkins Glen in 10 events since entering Grand-Am competition in 2004. In addition to winning the June race with Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett also won the 2004 six hours with Max Papis, as well as the '200' in August 2006 with Luis Diaz. Lexus also won the 2004 sprint race with Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen winning for Doran-Lista.

BROKEN RECORDS -- With each passing victory, long-time Lexus driver Scott Pruett continues his record-breaking season. Pruett earned a record seventh "Rolex 24 at Daytona" triumph to start the season and has added five more 2008 victories since then for a GA career total of 20. On the team side, Chip Ganassi Racing has extended it s win total to 21 -- also a Rolex Series record. The #01 Lexus driven by Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas also is currently in the midst of another series record, this one for consecutive top-10 finishes. The team has logged 29 straight top-10 finishes in a streak that dates back more than two years. During that stretch, the #01 has scored 10 victories, 19 top-threes and 24 top-five finishes.

-credit: lexus/toyota motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Peter Gregg
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing