COMPUSA CAR CAUGHT UP IN LATE-RACE MELEE AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 25, 2006) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates clawed their way back from the 26th starting position Saturday night at the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio ...
COMPUSA CAR CAUGHT UP IN LATE-RACE MELEE AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 25, 2006) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates clawed their way back from the 26th starting position Saturday night at the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, but Scott Pruett was taken out of competition on Lap 85 when he had contact with the spinning no.8 Porsche-Doran in Turn 9, ending the team's night 14 laps shy of the checkered flag in the 99-lap sprint race.
While an alternate strategy was playing out for the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley, Pruett was holding his ground in the sixth position, but two slower GT machines went side-to-side on the backstretch as the no.8 and no.39 Daytona Prototypes quickly closed in. The situation resulted in big coming-together on the 2.258-mile circuit, leaving Pruett no room to avoid the spinning no.8 machine. The incident left Pruett with a heavily damaged car, and a 21st place finish as the team now faces a quick turn around with the Brumos Porsche 250 looming just around the corner in Daytona.
Pruett and co-driver Luis Diaz retain second place in the Rolex Series Driver point standings, but drop 35 markers in arrears of Jorg Bergmeister (323-297), and maintain the Team category lead in a 297-297 tie with Bergmeister's no.76 Daytona Prototype as the series enters Round 10 of the 14-race schedule.
Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway Thursday, June 29th on the 3.56-mile infield road course. Catch the team LIVE in action on SPEED Channel at 7:00 ET.
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SCOTT PRUETT "It's a shame, that's all I can say. There's really nothing you can do in a situation like that. I'm just really disappointed because we had a decent car and the race was just about to get interesting. Running in sixth place with 14 laps to go and suffering the damage we did, it's a hard pill to swallow for the team. Luis did a great job bringing the car up through the field without any mistakes. He had clean, solid passes from the start and gave me the car in a position to keep climbing up the scoring chart. We need to erase this one from our memory because Daytona will be upon us before we know it. Hopefully I can help ease the pain with a good result in the Cup race for the team tomorrow in Sonoma."