Laguna Seca: Lexus preview

GANASSI/LEXUS COMBINATION OFF TO BEST START IN SERIES HISTORY -- With three victories and a second-place finish in the season's first four races, the ...

GANASSI/LEXUS COMBINATION OFF TO BEST START IN SERIES HISTORY -- With three victories and a second-place finish in the season's first four races, the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus is off to the best start in Daytona Prototype history. No team had ever won three of the season's first four events. Included among the three victories was the sport's crown jewel -- the Rolex 24 at Daytona. On the strength of the historic start, drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas hold a 21-point championship lead heading into Laguna Seca, where Pruett debuted approximately 30 years ago in go-kart competition.

20 AND COUNTING... - With the victory at the most recent event at Virginia, Lexus reached the 20-win plateau in Rolex Sports Car Series competition. The manufacturer registered the feat in just 58 races -- a 34 percent winning clip. The #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus has 17 of those victories, with one each coming from Michael Shank Racing, Doran Racing and a second Ganassi Racing entry.

LEXUS AT LAGUNA -- Lexus has competed at Laguna Seca three times since entering the series in 2004 with Lexus-powered teams earning three podium finishes, including a win by Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz in 2005. Last season, Scott Pruett appeared to be on the way to a second triumph at the Monterey, Calif., road course before a series of late-race cautions left him running second as the race finished under caution and the leader running on fumes as he crossed the finish line.

LEXUS ATOP ROLEX SERIES MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP -- Lexus has extended its Rolex Series lead to 12 points after four races in its chase for a second Manufacturers Championship in three years.

RECORD-SETTERS -- With three 2008 wins, Scott Pruett now has 17 career Rolex Series victories, while Chip Ganassi Racing has extended its win total to 18 - 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 victories to open the season at the Rolex 24, Miami and Virginia, Pruett and the #01 Telmex Lexus have now finished in the top-10 in a record 23 straight races, dating back to Mid-Ohio in June 2006.

STEADILY RISING -- Coming off their second top-10 finish in the last three races at VIR, the #3 Southard Motorsports team has climbed into 11th-place in the overall standings -- less than 10 points out of the eighth position. The team already has one top-10 finish at Laguna Seca with an eighth in 2005. The trek to Monterey will mark a homecoming for Southard driver Bill Lester, a native of Oakland, who raced at the track coming up the sports car ranks. The return to Laguna marks the second time this season that Lester will venture to a track where he has previous experience.

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Bill Lester , Chip Ganassi , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing