Daytona II: Lexus race report

PRUETT, DIAZ THIRD AS LEXUS PUTS THREE IN TOP-10 AT DAYTONA DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2006) -- Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz placed third to lead three Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes into the top-10 in Thursday night's Brumos 250 Rolex Sports...

PRUETT, DIAZ THIRD AS LEXUS PUTS THREE IN TOP-10 AT DAYTONA

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 29, 2006) -- Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz placed third to lead three Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes into the top-10 in Thursday night's Brumos 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race at the Daytona International Speedway.

Diaz led the first 22 laps in his #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in what would turn out to be a race largely decided by fuel mileage. Tonight's podium finish marks the seventh top-three showing for Pruett and Diaz this season. The feat was made even more impressive after the team suffered extensive damage to their Riley chassis in a crash just five days ago at Mid-Ohio and were forced to run a car previously on display at the Ganassi shop.

"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," said Pruett. "They took this car from the shop's showroom and gave us a podium-worthy machine in four days."

Joining the Ganassi duo in the top-10 were a pair of entries from Michael Shank Racing.

Paul Tracy joined the #6 Playboy Racing/Mears Motor Coach Lexus-Riley for the third time this season and co-drove to a sixth-place finish with Mike Borkowski. The pairing gained eight positions during the race after starting 14th.

MSR teammates Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson overcame an early off-road excursion to register a 10th-place finish -- their third consecutive top-10 showing and their sixth of the season in the #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley.

The newest Lexus-powered entry, AIM Autosports' #61 Lexus-Riley driven by Mark Wilkins and James Hinchcliffe finished 21st tonight after starting from the back of the starting grid, which was determined upon championship points. They ran as high as 15th late in the event.

With tonight's third-place finish, Lexus extended its Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship lead to four points with just four races remaining.

After two races in a span of six days, the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series will have a full month off before reconvening at the Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., for Round 11 of 14 on July 30.

-lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Wilkins , Mark Patterson , James Hinchcliffe