Daytona II: Toyota Lexus preview

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 28, 2004) - When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Daytona this holiday weekend, Lexus will attempt to make racing history with its own midnight ride on the way to a third consecutive Daytona Prototype ...

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 28, 2004) - When the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Daytona this holiday weekend, Lexus will attempt to make racing history with its own midnight ride on the way to a third consecutive Daytona Prototype victory at the Paul Revere 250, July 2 at Daytona International Speedway.

With consecutive victories by the duo of Scott Pruett and Max Papis in the #01 CompUSA Ganassi Racing entry, Lexus will try to extend its winning streak to three and in the process move into the series Manufacturer's Championship lead. The manufacturer sits just three points out of the series lead heading into the mid-way point of the 2004 schedule. A third straight victory would give Lexus its first-ever Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship points lead.

With their most recent victory at Watkins Glen, Pruett and Papis and the #01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team have opened up a 14-point lead in both the Daytona Prototype driver and team standings with 151 points. In a show of strength, the Ganassi team placed two cars on the podium at "The Glen" with Luis Diaz and Jimmy Morales registering their first top-three finish of the season in the #02 CompUSA Lexus team car.

Two more Lexus-powered entries should be in the hunt for the victory. Doran-Lista Racing has a pair of runner-up finishes this season - at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and at Mont-Tremblant. Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen will pilot the #27 entry at Daytona. Theys currently ranks 10th in the driver's championship.

Michael Shank Racing remains in the top-five in the team point standings in fifth-place in its first year of sports car racing. MSR sits just 24 points behind the series-leading Ganassi outfit after notching five consecutive top-eight finishes. Oswaldo Negri and Burt Frisselle will be behind the wheel for the fifth consecutive race.

This week's Paul Revere 250 marks a return to Daytona International Speedway, where Pruett won the pole for the manufacturer's debut race in the series - the Rolex 24.

The Paul Revere 250 is tentatively scheduled for an 11 p.m. start after the completion of Nextel Cup qualifying. The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on SPEED, July 4 at 12 p.m.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Burt Frisselle , Jimmy Morales , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Michael Shank Racing