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LEXUS GRAND-AM SET TO RETURN TO SITE OF 2004 TITLE-CLINCHING WIN TORRANCE, Calif. (March 28, 2005) -- In search of its first win of the 2005 season, the Lexus Grand American Daytona Prototype program will return to the site of its final ...

LEXUS GRAND-AM SET TO RETURN TO SITE OF 2004 TITLE-CLINCHING WIN

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 28, 2005) -- In search of its first win of the 2005 season, the Lexus Grand American Daytona Prototype program will return to the site of its final championship-winning victory of 2004 as the California Speedway will play host to the Grand American 400 on April 3.

Last fall, Scott Pruett teamed with Max Papis to win both the race and his first Daytona Prototype championship, as well as his seventh major road racing title. This time around, Pruett will be joined by Luis Diaz in the #01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley. To date this season, the duo ran fifth in the point standings with a seventh and a fifth in the season's opening two races.

While the #01 car won the Rolex Series championship a year ago, it's Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner who currently own the top spot in points among the Lexus-powered entries in their #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley. With a fourth and a seventh in two races, Johansson and Wagner are currently third in points.

The Doran Racing pair of Fabrizio Gollin and Mateo Bobbi are learning on the job in their first season of racing in America. With a little luck, the Italians could certainly be much higher in the point standings than their current seventh-place standing. They went into the final hour at Daytona in second-place before slipping to fifth in the final moments. The following race at Homestead, Gollin qualified second, but an early race incident dropped them a lap down on the way to an 11th-place finish.

Round three of the championship brings a new addition to the Lexus camp with CB Motorsports joining the series full-time with a brand new Lexus-powered Riley. Team owner/driver Chris Bingham brings a wealth of experience from both the open-wheel and stock car ranks, as well as earning a pair of Rolex Series GTS titles. He'll be joined by Canadian sports car ace Hugo Guenette in the DLGL Lexus-Riley.

Qualifying for the Grand American 400 is set for April 2 at 5:10 p.m. (EST). The green flag for Saturday's race is set for 4:00 p.m. (EST) with SPEED providing live coverage.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Hugo Guénette , Fabrizio Gollin , Stefan Johansson , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Doran Racing