Daytona II: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

CompUSA Rides through the Night to a Second Place Finish in the Paul Revere 250 Daytona, Florida, July 2nd, 2004--After back to back wins at Mont Tremblant and Watkins Glen, CompUSA's Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates still leaves Daytona...

CompUSA Rides through the Night to a Second Place Finish in the Paul Revere 250

Daytona, Florida, July 2nd, 2004--After back to back wins at Mont Tremblant and Watkins Glen, CompUSA's Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates still leaves Daytona International Speedway atop the Daytona Prototype championship standings in the Rolex Grand American Sportscar Series following a second place finish for the No.01 Lexus Riley at the Paul Revere 250. The No. 01 CompUSA driver duo of Scott Pruett and Max Papis lead the race winners Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor by 11 points, 183-172.

"Those guys (in the No. 10) didn't miss a beat," said Scott Pruett who put the No.01 Lexus Riley on pole for the fifth time in six races and led twice during his stint before handing off to co-driver Max Papis as they attempted to score their third consecutive win. "The 10 car has been our rival all year long; we've been trading it back and forth. But we're in it for the championship. It's hard to race these guys head to head because of the engine differences, but they've made some mistakes and we've taken advantage of them. When they don't, we'll finish second, and make a hard run for the championship."

Teammate Max Papis led twice himself, but dropped to third during his final pit stop on Lap 54. The Italian claimed second place from Wallace on Lap 61 but could advance no further.

"I gave it everything I could," said Papis. "Today was a great job for everyone on the team. I guess that's how you win the championship. If you don't finish first, you finish second. We have some work to do, but we know where to work, and we've made a lot of progress. We were pretty good in the infield; we had to work in the other direction."

Following their third place finish at Watkins Glen, Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz fought valiantly to get their CompUSA No.02 Lexus Riley back atop the podium but ran into mechanical problems, and had to settle for a seven place finish.

"We had some problems with the temperatures," said Jimmy Morales, driver of the No. 02 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley." We had to stop to clean the radiator and get the temperature down. We had problems with the temperature from the start, and we lost a little bit of the ponies there."

"It was a good experience for me. We came to fight for the lead. Unfortunately, we had some difficulties with the car, but the CompUSA guys did a great job to get us back out there. We aren't discouraged and will look to be stronger at Mid-Ohio. The team has had some good success lately and we'll feed off of that to keep our confidence high."

The next stop for the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will be the 250 mile EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic, scheduled for Saturday, August 7.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Max Angelelli , Jimmy Morales , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing