ROJAS FOURTH AS LEXUS POWERS TWO INTO TOP 10 IN MID-OHIO QUALIFYING LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 20, 2008) -- Memo Rojas qualified fourth, while fellow Lexus driver Shane Lewis was 10th as both Lexus-powered cars in the field qualified in the top-10...
ROJAS FOURTH AS LEXUS POWERS TWO INTO TOP 10 IN MID-OHIO QUALIFYING
LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 20, 2008) -- Memo Rojas qualified fourth, while fellow Lexus driver Shane Lewis was 10th as both Lexus-powered cars in the field qualified in the top-10 for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Rojas will co-drive the #01 Telmex Lexus with Scott Pruett tomorrow as the team looks for a fifth win in the season's first seven races. Pruett is not scheduled to arrive into Ohio until approximately 3 a.m. tonight after qualifying for the Toyota/Savemart 300 Sprint Cup race this afternoon in Sonoma, Calif. The Ganassi duo will take a 36-point championship lead into Saturday's race.
"I struggled with the tires coming in right away," said Rojas. "It wasn't until the end of the stint (jumping from sixth to fourth) that the tires were working with me. I'm looking forward to tomorrow's race. We have a strong Lexus engine and we're in a good consistent starting position."
Lewis' 10th-place showing marks the sixth consecutive race that he's qualified the #3 Southard Lexus in the top-10. Lewis, who will team with Bill Lester on Saturday, certainly knows his way around the track having served as an instructor at the Mid-Ohio School earlier in the week.
-- Both Lexus-powered teams have heavy Ohio connections. Southard Motorsports is based in nearby Powell Ohio, with team principle Steve Southard having begun his racing career at Mid-Ohio in the 1970s. Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett raced for the Mid-Ohio-based Truesports Indy car team from 1989 through 1992.
- Scott Pruett and Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Memo Rojas bring a record 25 consecutive top-10 finishes into this weekend's action in the #01 Telmex Lexus -- the last time they finished outside of the top-10 was here at Mid-Ohio in 2006 -- a full two years ago.