Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing preview

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates All Set for the Grand Prix of Miami DAYTONA BEACH, FL., February 25th, 2004-- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has already taken the measures necessary to build on their initial ...

CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates
All Set for the Grand Prix of Miami

DAYTONA BEACH, FL., February 25th, 2004-- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has already taken the measures necessary to build on their initial experience in the Rolex Grand American Sportscar series at last month's 24 hours at Daytona. The team arrives at Homestead-Miami Speedway for this weekend's Grand Prix of Miami as having grown, not only in experience, but in numbers with the addition of a second Daytona Prototype Lexus-Riley and a strong driver line-up that includes Mexico's Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz and veteran drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis.

"We are very pleased to be able to add a second car for the rest of the season." said Chip Ganassi. "We're expecting both cars and all the drivers to perform at a high level from the start. We work together as one team in everything we do and that means that there will never be a #1 or #2 car. Both cars and drivers will always get equal treatment and equipment and we expect them to work together and be up front at every race."

Max Papis realizes that it is quite a challenge for a new team and a new operation, but also knows that the team's goals are achievable.

"We are just in the starting stages and we have yet to discover and develop the car's potential. CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has given us all the tools to do that. It will be very exciting to fight for success on the track while developing the car along the way."

While there is plenty of work to be done in order to achieve those goals during this race weekend, it already seems a little easier to do for at least three of the CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates drivers.

"Racing at Homestead is like racing at home for me." said Papis who makes his home in Miami. "I consider it my home track since I have lived here since 1999. This is also where I won my very first (CART) race in 2000 on the oval track. It will be very different running on the new 2.3 mile Homestead Speedway road course with the Daytona Prototype Lexus-Riley but I am very much looking forward to it."

Mexican drivers Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz are equally excited to race at Miami especially with such large Hispanic population.

"I know that there are many Hispanic race fans in this town and maybe they have not yet discovered the world of Daytona Prototypes." said veteran Mexican driver Jimmy Morales." This is a chance for our Miami friends to discover this class of sportscar and fall in love with it along with us."

This weekend's Grand Prix of Miami marks Luis Diaz's very first race in a Daytona Prototype but he expects his enthusiasm and energy will make up for what he might lack in experience.

"I know there is a lot for me to learn from Jimmy, Max and Scott, as well as the engineers, and I see this as a good opportunity for that, but I believe that it is also a chance to show what I can do as a driver and contribute as much as I can on the track."

The CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will be on track for practice with their two car effort this Thursday, February 26th in preparation for Saturday's for a 250 mile Grand Prix of Miami at the Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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