Watkins Glen III: Toyota qualifying report

DIAZ, LEXUS WIN GLEN DP POLE WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2005) -- After a heart-breaking finish at the most recent Daytona Prototype race at Phoenix, Luis Diaz bounced back strong to give Lexus the pole for Saturday's Crown Royal 250...

DIAZ, LEXUS WIN GLEN DP POLE

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2005) -- After a heart-breaking finish at the most recent Daytona Prototype race at Phoenix, Luis Diaz bounced back strong to give Lexus the pole for Saturday's Crown Royal 250 at Watkins Glen International.

The pole is the 15th for Lexus in 23 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series events -- 14 of those coming courtesy of the #01 CompUSA Lexus from Ganassi Racing.

Diaz' strong run today bodes particularly well considering co-driver Scott Pruett topped the time charts yesterday in the weekend's first practice session. The duo enters tomorrow's race in second-place in the championship hunt and already have a pair of victories to their credit in 2005.

The CompUSA entry wasn't the only Ganassi Lexus in the front, as teammates Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson will start tomorrow's 250-mile race from the third position on the grid after a strong run by Wagner in the #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus Riley. They currently are fifth overall in the points chase.

Returning to the grid for the third time this season is the Michael Shank Racing (MSR) duo of Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri. Their #60 Flight Options Lexus Riley suffered a broken belt yesterday limiting the team's practice time. Wet weather conditions this morning cost the team more practice time, although Negri registered the fifth fastest time in today's second session. The lost practice time finally caught up with the squad in today's qualifying session, though, as they placed 14th. Patterson and Riley are scheduled to campaign the final three races of the season with MSR.

In addition to the 15 pole positions, Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes have won seven races heading into tomorrow's action.

Saturday's Crown Royal 250 will get the green flag at 3:00 p.m. EDT with SPEED providing live flag-to-flag coverage.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing