MECHANICAL GREMLINS HOLD COMPUSA SQUAD TO FIFTH IN GP OF MIAMI HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 5, 2005) -- Although CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' co-driver Scott Pruett finished the GP of Miami in the top five and recorded the best...
MECHANICAL GREMLINS HOLD COMPUSA SQUAD TO FIFTH IN GP OF MIAMI
HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 5, 2005) -- Although CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' co-driver Scott Pruett finished the GP of Miami in the top five and recorded the best result of the season for the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, the Miami curse that has haunted him for the past two seasons lived on today in Homestead as mechanical issues kept the 2004 Rolex Series Champion from contention for the win.
Teammate Luis Diaz began the day on solid ground starting in the fourth spot and driving his way to the bumper of the leader by Lap 9 of the 109-lap event. Diaz was pleased with the car, and the fifth-place showing bettered the 35th he posted a year ago in South Florida.
"I think the setup was good, and between Scott and me it was right where we wanted it," said Diaz. "The engineers did a fantastic job on the chassis setup and I couldn't have had a better car for this race. We'll just keep working hard at our program and eventually the results we expect will come to us."
Pruett feared the worst when he heard the 500hp DP singing an unfamiliar tune at the driver change on Lap 62, but managed to use his experience to guide the machine home to a second top-10 result in as many races for the CompUSA team.
"We were plagued again by the Homestead-Miami Speedway you could say," said Pruett of his run of bad luck at the 2.3-mile Miami circuit. "I think it came down to some electrical problems in the CompUSA car today, and we managed to finish the race a few cylinders down from where we started. We're optimistic though. I'm happy with the championship points and looking forward to Fontana."
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson finished seventh in the Daytona Prototype class in the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley.
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can follow the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley all season long by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more. Next up for the team is the Grand American 400k on California Speedway's 2.8-mile road course, April 3 (SPEED Channel, 4:00 pm ET) in Fontana, California for Round 3 of the Rolex Sports Car Series.