Laguna Seca: Toyota Lexus preview

LEXUS GRAND-AM LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN TORRANCE, Calif. (April 25, 2005) -- After winning the most recent Rolex Sports Car Series round at the California Speedway, the Lexus-powered Daytona Prototype teams will attempt to earn a ...

LEXUS GRAND-AM LOOKS FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WIN

TORRANCE, Calif. (April 25, 2005) -- After winning the most recent Rolex Sports Car Series round at the California Speedway, the Lexus-powered Daytona Prototype teams will attempt to earn a second consecutive victory in the first running of the Road and Track 250 at Laguna Seca.

Scott Pruett, the reigning series champion, will lead the way and enjoy a homecoming of sorts to his native northern California. Last year's title-winner Pruett combined with teammate Luis Diaz to win at Fontana in their CompUSA Lexus Riley. It was Pruett and the Ganassi Racing team's fifth victory in 15 races since joining the series a year ago. With their California Speedway victory, the duo moved into second-place in the points chase.

Pruett and Diaz will be joined by Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner in the New Century Mortgage Lexus Riley. The first-year teammates have earned top-seven finishes in each of the season's first three races and are currently in fifth-place overall. They combined for a season-best fourth at Daytona.

Doran Racing teammates Fabrizio Gollin and Matteo Bobbi provide Lexus with a third team in the top 10 in their Crown Royal Lexus Doran. To date, they've enjoyed great success in qualifying with a pair of front-row qualifying efforts. Unfortunately, their #77 Lexus Doran has been caught up in early incidents in each of the last two races, after a fifth-place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24.

Chris Bingham, Hugo Guenette and CB Motorsports will return to make their second start in their DLGL Lexus Riley after the new car's debut at Fontana, where they placed 13th.

After earning nine top-10 finishes on the way to a strong sixth-place finish overall a year ago, Michael Shank Racing will make its 2005 season debut with Lexus power. Oswaldo Negri, who drove a Lexus-powered Doran for the team in 11 of last year's 12 events, will return and partner with Mark Patterson in the #60 Matlin Patterson Lexus Riley.

In addition to six victories and 13 pole positions in 15 races since entering the Daytona Prototype competition (2004), Lexus also powered Scott Pruett and Max Papis to the 2004 series title and Ganassi Racing to last year's Team championship

Qualifying for the Road and Track 250 is set for Saturday, April 30 at 4:20 p.m. (EDT). The green flag for the Sunday May 1 race is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. (EDT) with SPEED providing live coverage.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Hugo Guénette , Fabrizio Gollin , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Matteo Bobbi , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing