GCR's Pruett to compete in IROC 2005

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Pilot Scott Pruett To Represent Rolex Series Championship in 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series INDIANAPOLIS (January 20, 2005) -- Scott Pruett is no stranger to the Crown Royal IROC Series with 28 career appearances...

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Pilot Scott Pruett To Represent Rolex Series Championship in 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series

INDIANAPOLIS (January 20, 2005) -- Scott Pruett is no stranger to the Crown Royal IROC Series with 28 career appearances under his belt (1987-'96) and having represented the likes of IMSA, SCCA and CART. But the California native will once again have a shot at the best of the best (and the $1,000,000 prize) in a four-race shout-out spanning the high banks of Daytona International Speedway to the flat-out tri-oval in Atlanta. Pruett gets his eighth IROC nod after winning the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Championship with 2004 teammate Max Papis for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.

Pruett, an IROC Series staple, has two career wins to his credit after taking the checkers at Riverside International Raceway in 1988 and pacing the 1991 season-opener at Daytona International Speedway. After an eight-year hiatus, Pruett will join 11 others looking to dethrone defending IROC champion Matt Kenseth of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series ranks.

"It's obviously a great honor for me to be invited back to the IROC Series," said Pruett, who will defend his Rolex Series championship this season with teammate Luis Diaz. "I've had some luck in the past with the series and won a couple races at Riverside and Daytona, so I'm very much looking forward to competing again this year. I'll do my best to represent the Rolex Series as the Daytona Prototype champion, along with CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing. It should be fun."

The invitational series will feature 12 drivers from different forms of auto racing in equally prepared cars. The 2005 driver field will consist of seven drivers who captured their respective series championship in 2004, with the series kicking off its 29th season February 18th at DIS.

In addition to his two IROC wins, Pruett has one pole at Talladega (1992), eight top-three finishes, 15 top-fives, four front-row starts and 51 laps led. In 28 IROC starts, his average starting and finishing position is sixth, and he's collected 305 total points and earned $347,600 in prize money.

Last season, IndyCar Series driver Scott Dixon represented Target Chip Ganassi Racing on the heels of his 2003 championship campaign, finishing 11th in the standings with 26 points. Other drivers to compete under the Chip Ganassi Racing banner through the years include CART Champions Jimmy Vasser (1997-98) and Alex Zanardi (1997), and Sterling Marlin (2002) who currently drives the #40 Coors Light Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge in NASCAR NEXTEL Cup.

Catch Pruett and the rest of Chip Ganassi Racing's three-car assault on the Daytona Prototype class February, 3-6 for the 43rd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Matt Kenseth , Sterling Marlin , Max Papis , Scott Dixon , Alex Zanardi , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing