CGR Sophomore Sensation Soars to Second Pole of Rolex Season WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 23, 2005) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates left little doubt of who was top Daytona Prototype dog in qualifying today for...
CGR Sophomore Sensation Soars to Second Pole of Rolex Season
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (September 23, 2005) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates left little doubt of who was top Daytona Prototype dog in qualifying today for Saturday's Crown Royal 250 at Watkins Glen. The second-year Chip Ganassi Racing pilot scorched the 21-car field in the ferocious 15-minute get-it or go-home session, clocking in at 1:44.836 (116.754mph) around the 3.4-mile "long course" at New York's Thunder Road for his second pole of the season (Fontana).
The Mexico City native rolled of pit lane second in the queue, and had a stronghold on the session's top time by just Lap 3. With confidence growing each time he nailed an apex around the 11-turn undulating layout, Diaz put down the top time on his fifth of eight timed laps, earning the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley its fourth pole of the season.
"I really have to give all the credit today to my Chip Ganassi Racing team," said Diaz, who marched to the team's fourth pole of 2005. "It's such an honor for me to drive for a team like this, and we got the results we wanted in qualifying today. I also have to thank Lexus for a great engine, and the Hoosier tires were perfect. It's a great result for me personally, but the team is what matters most when you achieve the results you want. Our car is perfect and I can't wait to get started tomorrow."
The pole marks the second for Diaz in 23 career Rolex Series starts. It's also the 15th pole overall in 24 starts for the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in Daytona Prototype competition (2004-present).
Cort Wagner qualified the CGRFS no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley sister car third, making the 1-3 start the best combined for the team this season. The only race where the team had a higher combined qualifying result was Phoenix last season when Pruett combined with Max Papis, and Diaz paired with Jimmy Morales for a 1-2 start.