Watkins Glen: Lexus Motorsports preview

LEXUS MEANS ENDURANCE -- Heading into this week's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Lexus is the only manufacturer in Daytona Prototype competition to win each of the three endurance races on the schedule -- at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Miller ...

LEXUS MEANS ENDURANCE -- Heading into this week's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, Lexus is the only manufacturer in Daytona Prototype competition to win each of the three endurance races on the schedule -- at Daytona, Watkins Glen and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

Lexus-powered cars have won the last two Grand-Am endurance events and three of the last four with Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) winning both the 2006 and 2007 Rolex 24's and Michael Shank Racing (MSR) winning last year's 9-hour event in Utah. In addition to the two Daytona victories, Ganassi also won the 2004 Six Hours at The Glen.

PRUETT KNOWS THE GLEN -- Few drivers have logged as many miles at Watkins Glen as CGR's Scott Pruett. The northern California native won the most recent Grand-Am event last August and also was victorious in the 2004 six-hour event.

Pruett's experience at The Glen goes far beyond Daytona Prototype competition. He's competed in eight different series at the race track (Grand-Am, Nextel Cup, Busch Series, IROC, IMSA GTP, IMSA GTO, IMSA GTU and Trans-Am). The 2004 Grand-Am champion has done more than just log miles in those races, having placed in the top-five at least once in seven of the eight series, including a Nextel Cup career-best second in 2003.

PRUETT, GANASSI BRING POINTS LEAD TO SIX HOURS -- Scott Pruett enters this Saturday's action leading the Daytona Prototype Driver's Championship by five points, while his #01 Chip Ganassi Racing team sits on top of the Team Championship. Pruett was the series' 2004 champion, while CGR has a pair of team titles (2004, 2006).

Three other Lexus-powered teams enter this weekend's action in the top-10 including two from Michael Shank Racing. The #60 MSR entry driven by Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson is currently eighth after a third-place finish in the most recent event at Laguna Seca, while the #6 MSR Lexus-Riley is 10th with Ian James and John Pew. Also currently in the top-10 is AIM Autosport, in ninth-place with drivers Mark Wilkins, Brian Frisselle and Burt Frisselle.

Watkins Glen is something of a "home" race for the #61 AIM team, which is located in Toronto, just a few hours away from the upstate New York track. In its first full season of Daytona Prototype competition, the team has registered four top-10 finishes in five events.

-credit: Lexus Motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Ian James , Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Mark Wilkins , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing