Watkins Glen: Lexus preview

LEXUS HOLDS STEADY ATOP ROLEX SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP Lexus maintains a 10-point lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series Manufacturers Championship standings heading into this weekend's six-hour event at Watkins Glen International. Lexus,...

LEXUS HOLDS STEADY ATOP ROLEX SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP

Lexus maintains a 10-point lead in the Rolex Sports Car Series Manufacturers Championship standings heading into this weekend's six-hour event at Watkins Glen International. Lexus, the 2006 manufacturer's champion, has led the title chase since winning the season-opener Rolex 24 at Daytona. Five manufacturers - Lexus, BMW, Porsche, Pontiac and Ford - are contesting this year's championship.

FAST START KEEPS GANASSI/LEXUS DUO OUT FRONT -- With five consecutive top-three podium finishes so far this season, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have registered the fastest start in Rolex Series history. The drivers of the #01 Ganassi/Lexus have three victories, a second and a third in the season's first five events. The pair holds a 19-point championship lead as Pruett hunts for a second series title and Rojas eyes his first Rolex championship. In addition, Chip Ganassi Racing also holds a similar 19-point lead in the team standings.

#01 LEXUS ON VERGE OF HISTORIC MARK - Scott Pruett and the #01 Lexus team can reach a historic milestone this weekend if they finish in the top-10. The team has registered a record 24 consecutive top-10 finishes. A top-10 showing at Watkins Glen would mark a full two years since the team last finished outside of the top-10 at Mid-Ohio in June 2006. During that stretch, the team has earned seven victories, 16 top-threes and 20 top-five finishes in the last 24 races. The streak began with Pruett and Luis Diaz behind the wheel in 2006. Memo Rojas joined Pruett in 2007 and has co-driven in the last 19 races.

MORE RECORDS -- With three wins this season, Scott Pruett now has 17 career Rolex Series victories, while Chip Ganassi Racing has extended its win total to 18 - both Rolex Series records.

FAST AND RELIABLE -- In the last seven endurance races of six hours or more, dating back to 2006, Lexus has registered four victories, two seconds and a pair of fourth-place finishes. The current stretch includes three Rolex 24 at Daytona victories, as well as a nine-hour win at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.

In the Watkins Glen six-hour events, Lexus powered cars have one win (Scott Pruett/Max Papis in 2004), a second, a third and a fourth-place result. Last year, Pruett and Memo Rojas combined for a second-place finish at the 3.4-mile track.

ENDURANCE KING -- Few drivers can match the endurance racing record of Scott Pruett. The Ganassi Racing driver has registered 10 major endurance victories of six hours or more. The northern California native has won seven Rolex 24 titles, one 24 Hours of Le Mans, one 12 Hours of Sebring and one Watkins Glen six-hour endurance race.

LESTER RETURNS TO HISTORIC SITE: Bill Lester returns to Watkins Glen for the first time since he made history at the track in 1999 when he became the first African-American to run a Nationwide Series race. He started 24th and ran near the top-10 most of the day before an accident relegated him back to 21st place.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Bill Lester , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing