Daytona II: Toyota Lexus preview

LEXUS EYES PRIME TIME WIN AT DAYTONA TORRANCE, Calif. (June 27, 2005) -- With two wins, a second and a pair of thirds in the last four races, the surging Lexus Daytona Prototype program will attempt to continue its torrid pace as the Rolex...

LEXUS EYES PRIME TIME WIN AT DAYTONA

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 27, 2005) -- With two wins, a second and a pair of thirds in the last four races, the surging Lexus Daytona Prototype program will attempt to continue its torrid pace as the Rolex Sports Car Series goes prime time at the Brumos 250 at the Daytona International Speedway, Thursday night.

With four consecutive top-three podium finishes, Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz have climbed into a tie for the series point lead in last year's championship-winning #01 CompUSA Lexus. The pair won at Fontana and Laguna Seca before registering third-place finishes at Mont Tremblant and Watkins Glen.

Pruett and Diaz face a formidable foe from within their own Ganassi Racing ranks as Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner also have been on the rise recently. The #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley placed a season-best second at Mont-Tremblant and followed with a fifth-place showing at Watkins Glen. Johansson and Wagner currently sit fifth in points, just three points out of third.

After a season-opening fifth at the 24 Hours of Daytona, the #77 Crown Royal Special Reserve Lexus-Doran of Fabrizio Gollin and Matteo Bobbi has consistently shown speed through the first half of the 2005 campaign.

Unfortunately, they have had little to show for their efforts in terms of results and enter Daytona in a tie for 11th-place overall. A return to Daytona may help the Grand-Am rookies get back on track for the second half of the season.

Chris Bingham will once again team with Hugo Guenette as CB Motorsports makes its fifth start of their debut season in the DLGL Lexus-Riley.

Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes have won seven races and registered 14 pole positions in 18 Rolex Series events to date.

Thursday's rare one-day event will get underway with practice in the morning before a 1:30 p.m. qualifying session. The green flag for the Brumos 250 is scheduled to wave at 7:15 p.m. EDT with live flag-to-flag coverage provided by SPEED. The race is set for 70 laps and 250 miles with a time limit of two hours, 45 minutes.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Hugo Guénette , Fabrizio Gollin , Stefan Johansson , Scott Pruett , Matteo Bobbi , Cort Wagner