FROM SPORTS CARS TO STOCK CARS -- PRUETT HAS 254 LAPS TO COVER THE COMPETITION AT THE GLEN INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 9, 2005) -- One of the busiest men in the Watkins Glen paddock this weekend will without a doubt be Chip Ganassi Racing with...
FROM SPORTS CARS TO STOCK CARS -- PRUETT HAS 254 LAPS TO COVER THE COMPETITION AT THE GLEN
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 9, 2005) -- One of the busiest men in the Watkins Glen paddock this weekend will without a doubt be Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' veteran road racing ringer Scott Pruett. The defending Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champion and NASCAR road course regular will attempt a triple-race weekend in upstate New York beginning with Friday night's Grand American CompUSA 200, and culminating with Sunday's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series headliner-- the Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen.
Pruett's first order of business on the Watkins Glen International itinerary will be tending to his day job -- steering the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley to victory with co-driver Luis Diaz in defense of the Indianapolis-based team's Rolex Sports Car Series title. Pruett hopes to parlay the experience of having had a pole position and a win at The Glen last year into a repeat performance in order to pip SunTrust Racing from the top rung on the championship ladder. The 82-lap sports car sprint can be seen on the 2.45-mile ribbon of pavement on SPEED Channel, Friday night at 8 p.m. ET (Tape Delay).
Saturday starts the second leg of the weekend trifecta for the California native as he'll pilot the No. 4 GEICO Dodge in the NASCAR Busch Series Zippo 200 (NBC, 2 p.m. ET) through a CGRFS partnership with Biagi Brothers Racing. The 82-lap, 200-mile event will be Pruett's fourth-career Busch start, and his first since 2001, when he laid down a track-record qualifying lap of 121.052-mph (1:12.861) that still stands tall heading into The Glen this weekend.
Having already strapped into the fourth CGRFS-prepared machine for the first road course race of the season in Sonoma behind the wheel of the No. 39 Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge, Pruett's entry on Sunday will again expand the team's stable this weekend. Target fans will get a double dose of bullseye bliss as the No. 41 Target Dodge of Casey Mears will have a sister car with Pruett's No. 39 Target Dodge in the fray. The green flag is set to drop on the 90-lap Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen at 1 p.m. ET on NBC.
"My first priority is the Rolex Series race, and putting the CompUSA car in Victory Lane Friday because we have another championship to win here," said Pruett, who when he last strapped into the No. 39 Target Dodge at The Glen posted a career-best NASCAR finish of second in 2003 after moving up a race-high 26 positions. "But the Cup race on Sunday is important to me as well because that's the missing piece in the puzzle for me. I've always said that if I had a Cup win under my belt, it would be the crown jewel in terms of my racing career. As far as the Busch race, I know I can be competitive and I still hold the track record at The Glen, so I'm looking forward to the races this weekend and running strong in each of them."
With 36 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts dating back to 2000 to Pruett's credit, four have come at the 2.45-mile facility dubbed "Thunder Road". But the magic number for him this weekend will be 254-- that's the combined number of laps needed to complete the trifecta that includes the Rolex, Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races.
Pruett is currently second in the Grand American standings with co-pilot Luis Diaz driving for the no. 01 CompUSA team based out of Chip Ganassi Racing's Indianapolis stable. Together, the duo have already amassed two victories and three poles this season, along with four podiums and six top-five finishes in just eight starts.