Homestead: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

Pruett Leads Team TELMEX to Second Consecutive Win, Extends Championship Points Lead HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 30, 2008)-Momentum and horsepower led to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' (CGRFS) second consecutive Grand-Am win this season...

Pruett Leads Team TELMEX to Second Consecutive Win, Extends Championship Points Lead

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (March 30, 2008)-Momentum and horsepower led to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' (CGRFS) second consecutive Grand-Am win this season after Scott Pruett regained the lead for the final 22 laps in the timed two hour, forty-five minute Grand Prix of Miami. The weekend started with Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas setting the fast lap in all three practice sessions, and ended by leading the most laps (51) in the 99-lap race.

Starting from third position, Rojas led in the TELMEX Daytona Prototype from lap 12 through 21 until Pruett took over. Pruett's track position after the driver change was a momentary hold-up, but he came back to record the fastest lap by lap 26. Once he gained the lead, he held the position for 41 of the remaining 54 laps.

With the win, Pruett and Rojas gave Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. its 91st win (1990-2008). Pruett not only increased his lead as the winningest driver in Rolex Series history with 16 wins; he also broke Alex Zanardi's title as the team's winningest driver (15).

Saturday's win also marked CGRFS' first Rolex Series victory at Homestead. Pruett broke a personal feat of laps led, as he beat his 2004 record of 40 at Homestead by one lap (41). Rojas tallied his third career Rolex Series win (Iowa, 2007; Rolex 24 At Daytona, 2008).

The No.01 CGRFS TELMEX team currently leads the Rolex Series driver and team championship race with 70 points, a 13-point gap over Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty (57).

Scott Pruett "Everything was good today; we could go inside, outside, high, low -- really anywhere on the track. This was truly one of the best cars I've ever had. The engine was phenomenal. They've (Toyota Racing Development) worked hard to improve our drivability since Daytona, and in all the races we've won, I think this might have been our best Lexus engine ever."

Memo Rojas "We got banged around pretty good on the first lap and lost a position, but we were able to stay in it. Once we went into the lead, the car really ran well. It was a bit cooler today than it was in qualifying and the car was working better...It was great to have such an awesome finish. The car was good through all of our practices and I'm glad we were able to run a clean and good race."

-credit: cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Alex Gurney , Alex Zanardi , Jon Fogarty , Scott Pruett , Memo Rojas , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Toyota Racing