LEXUS DRIVERS TAKE HOME FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS; PRUETT, ROJAS HONORED BY WRITERS AND BROADCASTERS TORRANCE, Calif. (December 3, 2008) -- Lexus-powered drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas capped off a memorable season by being selected ...
LEXUS DRIVERS TAKE HOME FIRST-TEAM ALL-AMERICAN HONORS; PRUETT, ROJAS HONORED BY WRITERS AND BROADCASTERS
TORRANCE, Calif. (December 3, 2008) -- Lexus-powered drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas capped off a memorable season by being selected to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) 2008 All-American First-Team in the Road Racing category. Pruett and Rojas partnered to win the Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship with six victories, including the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona and combined for a host of records in the process.
The honor is just the latest in Pruett's star-studded career. It marks the 10th time he's been a first-team choice and his12th overall. His 10 first-team selections are the most by any road racer in history. Pruett is now tied with drag racing legend Don Garlits for the third-most selections to the First team. He is behind only Steve Kinser and John Force on the all-time list.
"We sometimes forget the unsung heroes of the sport and that's the media who put us in the public eye," said Pruett. "It's truly an honor to be selected by the writers and broadcasters as a first-team All-American. I could never have imagined racing for championships as long as I have, let alone to be named as an AAWRBA First-Team All-American 10 times. It's very humbling."
For Rojas, the selection is his first after a break-through season in his second year in sports cars. He is the second Mexican driver to make history by earning the prestigious honor, joining former Chip Ganassi Racing driver Luis Diaz, who was selected in 2005 and 2006.
Beginning with a dominating victory in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Pruett and Rojas went on to register six victories for the season. In addition to the driver's championship, both Pruett and Rojas registered historic feats in their #01 Lexus. For Pruett, the title was a record eighth American sports car championship.
Pruett also was a part of three additional records during the season. With his victory at the Rolex 24 in Daytona, he became the first driver ever to register seven class victories in America's most prestigious sports car race. The long-time Lexus-powered driver also extended his record for career Daytona Prototype wins to 20. Pruett also was part of an amazing streak that saw him finish in the top-10 in 29 consecutive races -- by far the longest streak in Grand-Am history -- before it was snapped in the rain at Watkins Glen.
For Rojas, his historic title wasn't celebrated by just himself and the team, but by an entire nation as he became the first Mexican driver ever to win a major championship outside of his home country. For the year, the Lexus-powered duo closed out the 2008