Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing No. 01 car preview

COMPUSA'S PRUETT AND DIAZ TAKE PROTOTYPE PRIZEFIGHT TO MIAMI INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2005) -- After slugging it out for 24 grueling hours in Round 1 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Scott Pruett and...

COMPUSA'S PRUETT AND DIAZ TAKE PROTOTYPE PRIZEFIGHT TO MIAMI

INDIANAPOLIS (March 2, 2005) -- After slugging it out for 24 grueling hours in Round 1 at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz return to the ring this weekend in Homestead-Miami Speedway. The pilot's of the Rolex 24 pole-winning no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley look to build off a top-10 finish in Daytona in defense of the team's 2004 Rolex Series championship, and are set to come out of the Ganassi Racing pit box swinging when the Green Flag drops this Saturday on the 250-mile Grand Prix of Miami in sun-drenched Southern Florida.

Pruett, who knocked out the DP qualifying contenders in his Lexus-powered machine in Round 1, comes to the Art Deco fashioned 2.3-mile stadium venue looking to start his weekend with his second Miami pole in as many years.

"I was happy we got off to a great start in Daytona, but unfortunately we weren't able to achieve the level of success we were hoping for," said Pruett, who will try to score CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing's ninth consecutive pole this weekend. "Patience is a key factor when running a 24 hour race, so I think this weekend's 250-mile format will unleash the competition in terms of drivers taking more chances to get to the front. I'm confident in the entire team's ability to get the job done, and very much looking forward to returning to Miami."

Pruett's CompUSA counterpart Diaz heads to Miami with some unfinished business in mind after a disappointing 35th place result a year ago, and understands the value in having one of the best in the business by his side setting up the team's 500hp Daytona Prototype.

"I think the whole CompUSA team is feeling pretty confident heading into Miami this weekend," said the 28-year-old Diaz, who returns to the site of his first race for CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing. "The setup we brought to Miami last year was outstanding with both cars starting in the top five, so we're looking to build upon that this year. I'm also going to be looking for revenge at this particular track because of our showing last time. Working with Scott and having the Ganassi Racing program behind us, we should be able to accomplish big things here."

Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Grand Prix of Miami beginning this Saturday, March 5th at 3:00 pm ET (LIVE, SPEED Channel). Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend 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.

About CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
Founded in 2004, Indianapolis-based CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fields the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class for American driver and defending Rolex Series Champion Scott Pruett, and Mexican pilot Luis Diaz.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing