PRUETT DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIRD POLE OF THE SEASON IN CANADA MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Scott Pruett and his CompUSA cohorts have left many a paddock pondering what it takes to beat the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix ...
PRUETT DOES IT AGAIN WITH THIRD POLE OF THE SEASON IN CANADA
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Scott Pruett and his CompUSA cohorts have left many a paddock pondering what it takes to beat the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in Rolex Sports Car Series competition, and that held true once again today in Mont-Tremblant as the shifty veteran posted the team's third pole in five qualification rounds this season.
Pruett left pit lane third in the qualifying queue when the green flag unfurled over the thunderous roar of the 20-car pack, and managed to lay down a blistering 1:29.972 (106.033 mph) lap around the 2.65-mile circuit north of Montreal. Although he came in with two minutes remaining in the 15-minute session, the Lexus-powered prototype remained at the top of the classification order, which notched the team's 14th pole in 17 career starts.
"I'm just having a great time running the Daytona Prototypes," said Pruett, who will start on the inside of Row 1 for the second straight year looking to defend the team's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant title. "This is the most fun I've had in a long time. I guess it just goes to show that I can still teach these young guys a lesson or two every now and then. It's great working for Chip [Ganassi] and the whole organization. The competition is tight in Grand American, and you really have to put down a fast lap when you are limited to 15 minutes of qualifying. But I think we might have even left a bit on the table. I got slowed by traffic a few times toward the end, and then the car started to get loose and slide around. I'm totally confident in the guys for the race tomorrow. The CompUSA crew is known for solid, reliable pit stops and I can't wait to go after it again."
Per the Grand American Rules and Regulations handbook, Pruett will start the 6-hour grind from the cockpit of the 500hp machine after his qualifying run, and will pedal it with teammate Luis Diaz in search of the CompUSA team's third consecutive trip to Victory Lane (Fontana, Laguna Seca).
Chip Ganassi Racing stablemate Stefan Johansson equaled a season-best qualifying effort of fourth in the Daytona Prototype class in the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley with a top time of 1:30.418 (105.510 mph).
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant in Quebec, Canada tomorrow at 11:00 am ET (LIVE, SPEED Channel). Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.