Lexus, Ganassi Place Second in Mexico, Retain GA Points Lead TORRANCE, Calif. (April 19, 2008) - Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas led 31 laps today in their ...
Lexus, Ganassi Place Second in Mexico, Retain GA Points Lead
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 19, 2008) - Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas led 31 laps today in their #01 Telmex Lexus on their way to a second-place finish at the Grand-American Rolex Sports Car Series' Mexico City 250 at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.
Rojas, the hometown favorite in Mexico City, started the race from the pole and led the first 15 laps before giving up the lead while pitting under yellow. He re-took the top spot on Lap 21 and held the position through 33 circuits before the #99 car banged its way past Rojas in traffic and into the lead at Turn 7. The Ganassi driver held the lead one more time, from Lap 39 through 41, before pitting and handing off the car to Pruett. The series' all-time career wins leader reclaimed the lead on Lap 59 and held it through Lap 71. After Marc Goosens slipped past on the outside of Turn 1 on Lap 72, the two kept up a spirited battle the remainder of the way, with Pruett closing to just one-tenth of a second behind with five laps remaining, but he couldn't move his way past the Belgian in the closing laps.
After a strong 10th in qualifying, the Southard Motorsports duo of Shane Lewis and Bill Lester went on to a 12th-place finish in their #3 Southard Lexus.
- Today's second-place finish gives the #01 Telmex Lexus its third straight top-two finish in 2008 after opening the season with a pair of wins.
- With the second-place finish today, the Ganassi Lexus team has now recorded four consecutive top-four finishes in Mexico City -- the hometown of team sponsor Telmex. The team has placed first (2006), second (2008), third (2005) and fourth (2007) in four races south of the border.
- Today's second-place also is a record 22nd top-10 finish in a row for the #01 Telmex Ganassi Lexus. The streak stretches back to Mid-Ohio in June 2006.
-- With the strong showing today, the Chip Ganassi Racing duo of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas stretch their lead to 16 points in both the Driver's and Team championships. In addition, Lexus continues to lead the Manufacturer's Championship.