Mexico City: Lexus Thursday report

FLIGHT OPTIONS LEXUS FLYING HIGH IN MEXICO CITY; LEXUS-POWERED PROTOTYPES 1-2 ON DAY ONE SOUTH OF THE BORDER TORRANCE, Calif. (March 2, 2006) -- After finishing second in the 24-hour race in Daytona, the ...

FLIGHT OPTIONS LEXUS FLYING HIGH IN MEXICO CITY; LEXUS-POWERED PROTOTYPES 1-2 ON DAY ONE SOUTH OF THE BORDER

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 2, 2006) -- After finishing second in the 24-hour race in Daytona, the #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley showed it can run just as strong in sprint mode as the duo of Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson topped the time charts in both Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype practice sessions at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City Thursday.

The Michael Shank Racing entry registered a fast time of 1:23.723 in the day's first session and then went six-tenths quicker (1:23.137) in the late afternoon hours to maintain the top spot. Trailing close behind was the CompUSA Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Mexico City native Luis Diaz with a 1:23.262 to make it a Lexus one-two result on the day.

The third Lexus-powered entry, the #6 Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing Lexus-Riley was seventh in the day's first session, but suffered mechanical problems in the afternoon that didn't the MSR squad to register a time. Mike Borkowski is joined by Champ Car star Paul Tracy in the car this weekend. Tracy also is scheduled to run in this weekend's Busch event.

Heading into Saturday's race, Lexus-powered entries have won nine races and 16 pole positions in 27 Rolex Series events since entering the series in 2004.J

This weekend's Mexico City round, which is being run in conjunction with the NASCAR Busch Series, will be televised by SPEED with same-day coverage. The event is scheduled to see the green flag fall at 4:15 p.m. with SPEED coverage beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday evening. Friday's qualifying is set for noon (all times Eastern).

-lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing