Daytona II: Lexus preview

LEXUS SHOOTS FOR THIRD DAYTONA VICTORY After winning each of the last two Rolex 24 Hour races, Lexus will be looking for its third overall win at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and it's first July 4 weekend victory at the Brumos ...

LEXUS SHOOTS FOR THIRD DAYTONA VICTORY

After winning each of the last two Rolex 24 Hour races, Lexus will be looking for its third overall win at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) and it's first July 4 weekend victory at the Brumos 250.

While they have yet to win the July event, the Lexus contingent has been knocking on the door. A year ago, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz won the pole position and led 24 laps before giving up the lead while pitting and eventually finishing third in a race that was decided by fuel mileage. Pruett and then co-driver Max Papis also were on the podium in 2004 with a second-place finish.

WHILE PRUETT AIMS FOR 10th DIS WIN

With his record seventh Rolex 24 victory earlier this year, Scott Pruett has moved his overall Daytona win total to nine. In addition to his wins in the 24-hour enduro, the Chip Ganassi Racing driver also won in IMSA GTO (1986) and IROC (1991). Pruett also has three second-place showings at DIS.

GANASSI DUO LOOK TO STRETCH TOP-10 STREAK TO 13

The #01 Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing (CGR) entry will strive to earn its 13th consecutive top-10 finish this week -- a streak that dates back over a year. In comparison, the next longest streak among Daytona Prototype teams is six -- exactly one-half of the current Ganassi run. To date, the #01 Telmex Lexus-Riley has finished in the top-four in six of seven races this season.

TALKING POINTS

Scott Pruett has extended his Daytona Prototype Driver's Championship lead to 11 points entering this week's action, while the CGR team sits ahead in the championship point standinds by 16 points. Pruett was the series' 2004 champion, while CGR has a pair of team titles (2004, 2006).

Three other Lexus-powered teams also head to Daytona in the top-10 in points, including a pair from Michael Shank Racing (MSR). The #6 Shank entry driven by Ian James and John Pew earned their fourth straight top-10 finish at Mid-Ohio, and continue to rank eighth in points. Their MSR teammates, Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson, are in ninth in the #60 MSR Lexus-Riley. Despite a pair of tough finishes the last two races, the #61 AIM Autosports Lexus-Riley remains in 10th with drivers Mark Wilkins, Burt Frisselle and Brian Frisselle.

BACK WHERE WE STARTED

This weekend's race will mark the one-year anniversary of AIM Autosport's entry into Daytona Prototype competition. The team ran just the one race last season before embarking on a full schedule of Rolex Sports Car Series competition this year.

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Ian James , Burt Frisselle , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , John Pew , Mark Patterson , Brian Frisselle , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing