Daytona 24: CGR No. 01 first qualifying report

Pruett Soars To Second Straight Rolex 24 Pole For CompUSA in Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2005) -- Scott Pruett solidified the top spot for Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona for the second straight year after laying down a 1:46.928...

Pruett Soars To Second Straight Rolex 24 Pole For CompUSA in Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 3, 2005) -- Scott Pruett solidified the top spot for Saturday's Rolex 24 At Daytona for the second straight year after laying down a 1:46.928 (119.856mph) on the 29-car Daytona Prototype pack in qualifying today for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley.

With the pole, Pruett notched a mind-boggling eighth consecutive top qualifying effort for the second-year Rolex Series squad, a streak that dates back to this very track for last year's Paul Revere 250. The pole is the 12th overall for the team in 13 DP starts (11 poles in 2004).

"Everything went right out there for us today," said Pruett, who scored his fifth career DP pole today. "Coming here with CompUSA and Chip Ganassi Racing for the second straight year and getting the pole position is just great. The preparation from the team is simply second to none-- you just can't beat that kind of effort. The pole is definitely beneficial to get the weekend started on the right foot. They say a good start lets you avoid the mess at the back."

The 2004 Rolex Sports Car Series Champion would like nothing more than to start the defense of his title with a win at the prestigious event, but knows he'll have to get it done with two newcomers to 24-hour action.

"It's a 24 hour race. Not a three hour race. Not a four hour race," said Pruett. "You have to have patience, and I think both [teammates] Ryan [Briscoe] and Luis [Diaz] understand that. Although Ryan hasn't run endurance races in the past, he'll do fine based on his experience, intelligence and drive. Luis knows these cars after a solid season last year in DP for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing. I'm confident in his ability and our potential as a team. It's hard to give them advice though. I guess you just don't know this race until you've raced it."

Finally, the California native could add an important piece of hardware to the Ganassi mantle with a win in the twice-round-the-clock classic.

"This is the toughest race in the world to win in my mind," said Pruett. "Chip [Ganassi] has won almost everything in racing it seems like, and to add the Daytona 24 to the list would mean a lot to him for sure."

Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Rolex 24 at Daytona beginning at 12:00 pm ET (LIVE, SPEED Channel). Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grand-am.com for free Zippo live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.

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