Daytona II: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

COMPUSA SAVES THIRD IN FUEL MILEAGE COMPETITON AT DAYTONA DAYONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2006) -- Scott Pruett pitted out of second place for fuel with only four laps remaining but managed to cycle back into the top three for a podium result in...

COMPUSA SAVES THIRD IN FUEL MILEAGE COMPETITON AT DAYTONA

DAYONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2006) -- Scott Pruett pitted out of second place for fuel with only four laps remaining but managed to cycle back into the top three for a podium result in the Brumos Porsche 250 under the lights at Daytona International Speedway.

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate Luis Diaz started the 2:45 Rolex Series sprint race on pole as team points set the field, and led for the majority of his 34-lap stint. While the no.23 Porsche-Crawford eventually took over the point from Diaz as lapped GT cars came into play in Turn 1, Pruett was able to climb in and run nose-to-tale with the Porsche for the remainder of the event that saw just one caution flag.

Hampered by inferior fuel economy, both the Porsche and Pruett had to pit in the final five laps and relinquish their top spots. That opened the door for the Ford-powered Daytona Prototype of points-leading Jorg Bergmeister, whose machine covered the 70-lap distance with just one stop. Pruett and the CompUSA team performed flawlessly and walked away from Daytona with a third-place result.

Pruett and co-driver Diaz retain second place in the Rolex Series Driver point standings, but drop 31 points back of Jorg Bergmeister (358-327). They fall to second in the Team category (332-327) to Bergmeister's no.76 Daytona Prototype as the series enters Round 11 of the 14-race schedule.

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday, July 30th on the 2.3-mile permanent road course in Birmingham, Ala. Catch the team LIVE in action on SPEED Channel at 3:00 ET.

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SCOTT PRUETT

"Although we didn't get the result we really wanted, I have to thank the Ganassi guys for putting together a great car in a short amount of time. They took this car from the shop's showroom and gave us a podium-worthy machine in four days. It's a shame it turned out to be a fuel mileage run for us. We just didn't have what we needed to make it in one stop with the Fords. We have to just keep pecking away at the points lead as best we can and put our best foot forward at Barber next month."

-www.chipganassiracing.com

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