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Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley Porsche 250 - Barber Motorsports Park TEAM: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and co-pilots Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz BARBER 250 HISTORY: In two career Barber appearances ...

Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley
Porsche 250 - Barber Motorsports Park

TEAM: CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and co-pilots Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz

BARBER 250 HISTORY: In two career Barber appearances (2004-05), the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has a best finish of third in 2004, after winning the pole that same year To date, the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has won 10 times in 36 career Grand American starts, a winning percentage of 0.28.   BARBER REWIND: Diaz started seventh and by Lap 29 of the time-shortened 95-lap race, had driven his way to the top two contenders. With the car solidly in contention for the win on Lap 36, Diaz turned the driving duties over to Pruett. Pruett battled some testy traffic and intermittent rain, which never fully saturated the racing surface, and managed to hang on to the car to finish fourth.

CGRFS QUOTEBOARD

SCOTT PRUETT

"I think performance-wise, going to a 5.0 liter engine this weekend will help level out the playing field throughout the Daytona Prototypes. More specifically, this move will aid the team in the fuel mileage battle we've faced all year. It will be the first time the team has used this size engine, with the accompaniment of a 5-speed gearbox. We've tested the car and were pleased with the initial results. The Barber race this weekend will be a matter of getting up to speed and making sure Luis and I are in tune with the car and what changes we need to balance it."

LUIS DIAZ

"Obviously, we expect to be more competitive in the fuel mileage game. I think that could have cost us the chance at a couple wins this year to be honest. Before, we had to pray for yellow flags to drop at the right time in order to maintain our position up front. The challenge we'll face of course is adapting to a new power curve with the engine, and getting the setup right. I have no doubt that the CompUSA team will be ready for the challenge."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing