GANASSI, LEXUS LOOK TO MAKE IT TWO-IN-A-ROW AT HOMESTEAD -- After a record third-straight Rolex 24 at Daytona victory, the ...
GANASSI, LEXUS LOOK TO MAKE IT TWO-IN-A-ROW AT HOMESTEAD -- After a record third-straight Rolex 24 at Daytona victory, the #01 Ganassi Lexus team and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas will try for two consecutive wins at Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami. In four previous appearances at Homestead, the #01 has finished seventh or higher and has registered third-place finishes in each of the last two seasons.
At Daytona, Pruett and Rojas teamed with Juan Montoya and Dario Franchitti to score a two-lap victory. The team led a race-high 252 laps and maintained a top-five position in the race's final 19 hours. It was a Rolex 24 record eighth career victory for Pruett.
RECORD-SETTERS -- The third straight Rolex 24 win wasn't the only record set at Daytona by the Ganassi Lexus team. The triumph also marked the 16th Rolex Series victory for Scott Pruett and the 17th for Chip Ganassi Racing -- both Rolex Series records.
AND THE STREAK GOES ON.... -- Not only are Scott Pruett and the #01 Lexus team the biggest winners in the sport, but they're also the most consistent team. In addition to the recent victory in the season-opener at Daytona, Pruett and the #01 Telmex Lexus have now finished in the top-10 in a record 20 straight races, dating back to Mid-Ohio in June 2006.
SAME TRACK DIFFERENT ROAD -- Bill Lester has enjoyed a great deal of success at Miami-Homestead Speedway, with two front-row starting positions and a top-five finish in NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series competition. That success came on the track's 1.5-mile oval rather than the infield road course the Southard Motorsports driver will run on this weekend. Lester returns to his sports car roots where he began his racing career and will run the full Rolex Series schedule in 2008 with teammate Shane Lewis.
LOCAL GUY -- While Southard Motorsports teammate Bill Lester will be learning the Homestead road course, West Palm Beach driver Shane Lewis is well-versed in the South Florida road racing landscape. In addition to racing in the Rolex Series event at Homestead the past four seasons, Lewis also serves as a driving instructor at nearby Moroso Motorsports Park.