Watkins Glen: Toyota preview

Lexus Eyes Second Conecutive Daytona Prototype Win TORRANCE, Calif. (June 15, 2004) - After a dominating one-two finish at Mont-Tremblant, the Lexus Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series program heads to the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen...

Lexus Eyes Second Conecutive Daytona Prototype Win

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 15, 2004) - After a dominating one-two finish at Mont-Tremblant, the Lexus Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series program heads to the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen looking for a second consecutive Daytona Protoype victory.

Series points leaders and Mont-Tremblant winners Scott Pruett and Max Papis (#01 CompUSA Lexus) headline a five-car Lexus contingent intent on continuing the manufacturer's recent dominance. In the three races since the season-opening Daytona 24 Hours, Lexus-powered cars have led 339 of the 452 laps contested - an amazing 75.2 percent of the laps run in those races. In addition, Pruett and Papis have combined to put Lexus on the pole for all four races this season.

"The first win is always the best, especially when it's for the team and the manufacturer," said Pruett, one of the winningest sport car racers in U.S. history. "Hopefully, that will be the beginning of a streak that continues this weekend at Watkins Glen."

For Pruett, Papis and the CompUSA Ganassi Racing team to continue their streak, they'll have to contend with some formidable competition inside the Lexus camp, including the #27 Doran-Lista Racing team that finished second at Mont-Tremblant. Didier Theys, Jan Magnussen and Fredy Lienhard will handle the driving chores. The team has a pair of seconds this year and will look to move up one rung on the podium at Watkins Glen.

Michael Shank Racing heads to Watkins Glen just eight points out of the team lead. Burt Friselle and Oswaldo Negri have combined for three consecutive top-six finishes and a victory this weekend could vault the team into the series lead. Overall, the team has yet to finish below sixth in their first season of sports car competition.

The #02 CompUSA entry has yet to enjoy the success of their teammates in the #01 car, but Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz have displayed their ability to run upfront. They led late in the race at Homestead and have shown consistent speed throughout the season on the first-year team.

Cegwa Sport once again will feature team drivers Darius Grala and John Lloyd in the OzEXE/Lexus. The team earned its first-ever podium finish in Daytona Prototype competition at Watkins Glen last season.

SPEED will provide four hours of live coverage for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen. The coverage will take place in two parts, with the first running Sunday from 11-12:30 and then returning for the conclusion of the race from 3:00-5:30 p.m. (EDT).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Darius Grala , Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Scott Pruett , Fredy Lienhard , Luis Diaz , Jimmy Morales , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing