Daytona II: Lexus preview

LEXUS LOOKS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT G-A WIN -- Lexus drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will be looking for their third straight Rolex Sports Car Series win in Saturday's Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway. After winning the Six Hours of the...

LEXUS LOOKS FOR THIRD STRAIGHT G-A WIN -- Lexus drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will be looking for their third straight Rolex Sports Car Series win in Saturday's Brumos 250 at Daytona International Speedway. After winning the Six Hours of the Glen in early June, the #01 Telmex Lexus followed up with a victory at Mid-Ohio in the most recent event. With the two victories, Pruett and Rojas have moved out to an 11-point lead in their hunt for a second consecutive Daytona Prototype championship. The team now has held the championship lead entering 17 of the last 20, and 29 out of the last 34, races. The #01 also has won three poles and been on the front row in each of the last five races heading into Daytona, while leading more laps than any other team in the series.

NASCAR STARS JOIN LEXUS EFFORT AT DAYTONA -- Toyota NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Scott Speed will make their Grand-Am debut in the Brumos 250 this weekend. The duo will pilot the #02 Waste Management Lexus for Chip Ganassi Racing. Busch has won more races than any other driver in NASCAR over the past two seasons, while Speed, a former F1 driver, is a rookie in the Cup Series this year.

LAST RACE -- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas overcame three early pit stops and falling a lap down in their #01 Telmex Lexus to lead the final 45 laps in winning their second consecutive race at the EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

LAST YEAR AT DAYTONA -- With a strong run off the final corner, Scott Pruett utilized his Lexus power to push past Alex Gurney down the straightaway on the final lap to register the closest victory in Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series history, winning by just .081 seconds in last year's Brumos 250. The win was the fifth of the season and allowed the Ganassi duo to sweep the two 2008 Daytona races.

LEXUS AT DAYTONA -- The Lexus/Ganassi combination has registered four victories in 11 races at the Daytona International Speedway since 2004. The team won three consecutive Rolex 24 endurance races from 2006 through 2008 and also won last year's July sprint race. In addition, the team also placed second and third in the sprint races in 2004 and 2006.

IN THE RECORD BOOKS -- The Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus team enters into this weekend's race as the winningest team in Rolex Sports Car Series history with 23 victories since entering the series in 2004. Lead driver Scott Pruett has won more races than any driver in Rolex history with 22, while also holding the record for most podium finishes with 44. Despite its relatively late entry into the series, Lexus is second among manufacturers in all-time wins with 25.

Pruett, the most decorated sports car racer in American history, set another record last season by earning his eighth major sports car title in winning the Rolex Series crown. Amazingly enough, Pruett established that record despite having spent eight full seasons in Indy cars and one in NASCAR, as well as missing a full season due to injury (1991). Pruett's titles include two Daytona Prototype championships (2008 and 2004), two IMSA GTO titles (1986 and 1988), one IMSA GT Endurance (1986) and three Trans-Am championships (1987, 1994 and 2003).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Scott Pruett , Scott Speed , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Kyle Busch
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing