Long Beach: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying report

COMPUSA ON POLE FOR CROWN ROYAL GRAND AMERICAN CHALLENGE OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 7, 2006) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates beat 25 other Daytona Prototypes in qualifying for the first-ever Rolex ...

COMPUSA ON POLE FOR CROWN ROYAL GRAND AMERICAN CHALLENGE OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 7, 2006) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates beat 25 other Daytona Prototypes in qualifying for the first-ever Rolex Sports Car Series race on the streets of Long Beach. With a top time of 1:19.891 (88.681mph) around the 1.97-mile, 11-turn course, Diaz steered the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley to his third career Grand American pole position, and his first since Virginia International Raceway in 2005.

The duo of Diaz and Scott Pruett continue to build on momentum after having won Round 2 in Diaz' native Mexico City, and more recently a podium result in Miami two weeks ago that positioned them just one point out of the Championship lead.

The pole position is the 17th in 30 career Rolex Series starts for the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, and the first since Pruett won the pole for Mexico City in Round 2.

The Crown Royal Grand American Challenge of Long Beach, Round 4 of the Rolex Sports Car Series season, airs tomorrow at 9:00 p.m. ET on SPEED Channel.

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LUIS DIAZ "The CompUSA car has been fast all week and the team has done a great job getting ready for this big event. Tomorrow will be a very competitive race, and the drivers that have experience on the track will try to use that advantage. The key today was getting a clear and clean lap. Scott [Pruett] tells me little tricks about every track he's been to and how it can make me faster. He's a great co-driver and I am lucky that he's on my team. It was tricky getting used to these cars on this tight track, but if there's anyone that can help me through it, it's Scott."

-www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing