Long Beach: Chip Ganassi Racing race report

COMPUSA TEAM WINS GRAND AMERICAN CHALLENGE OF LONG BEACH LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2006) - CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates co-drivers Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz started the inaugural Grand American Challenge of Long Beach...

COMPUSA TEAM WINS GRAND AMERICAN CHALLENGE OF LONG BEACH

LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 8, 2006) - CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates co-drivers Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz started the inaugural Grand American Challenge of Long Beach first and led 39 of 52 laps en route to the team's second victory of the Rolex Sports Car Series season (Mexico City).

Diaz qualified the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley on the pole and led early on before passing off the car to Long Beach veteran Pruett during the race's first caution period.

The California native took the lead after the series of pit stops and led the rest of the way and won by a 3.989-second margin over the no.23 Porsche.

With the win, the CompUSA team took over the Rolex Series Championship point race, putting 14 points on the no.23 car (111-97) as the series enters Round 5 of the 14-race schedule. It is the no.01 car's ninth win in 30 career Grand American starts.

This is also the fourth podium in as many races for the Chip Ganassi Racing Daytona Prototype effort in 2006 after the no.02 car took the opening round at the Rolex 24 At Daytona (Scott Dixon, Dan Wheldon and Casey Mears). Pruett and Diaz have three straight podiums covering Mexico City (winner), Miami (third) and Long Beach (winner).

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is Virginia International Raceway April 23rd where the two are defending champions on the 3.27-mile permanent road course. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel at 1:00 ET Sunday (LIVE).

CGRFS Driver Quoteboard

SCOTT PRUETT "It's awesome to be here in Long Beach and in Victory Lane. It's always fun and always exciting that's for sure. This is the place to be. The 23 car kept us on our toes and it turned out to be a fast, qualifying-paced race. But this win was all team work. Lexus gave us a great motor with increased drivability. For the first time coming here to Long Beach I think Grand American put on a pretty great show."

LUIS DIAZ "It feels like Scott and I are now even after this one. He helped me win in Mexico City and now I've helped him win in front of his family in California. It's still a long way to go in the championship, so we need to keep our heads down and continue to get the job done."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Casey Mears , Scott Dixon , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Dan Wheldon , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing