JOHANSSON AND WAGNER LEAD NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE TO LE CIRCUIT MONT-TREMBLANT INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2005) -- New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates look to shake off the 17th place finish they left Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca...
JOHANSSON AND WAGNER LEAD NEW CENTURY MORTGAGE TO LE CIRCUIT MONT-TREMBLANT
INDIANAPOLIS (May 17, 2005) -- New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates look to shake off the 17th place finish they left Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with in Round 4 of the Rolex Sports Car Series as the schedule shifts North of the Border this weekend to chilly Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. Co-drivers Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner and their engineering squad bring with them an arsenal of 6-hour endurance race data after Scott Pruett swept the two half-round-the-clock races last season in the team's no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley sister car.
Johansson, an accomplished international racer whose resume spans Ferrari Formula 1 driver to Le Mans 24 Hour winner, has never turned a lap around Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant's 2.65-mile, 15-turn road course tucked in the Laurentian Mountains. But the Vaxjo, Sweden native is looking forward to the challenge that lies ahead in Canada Saturday afternoon.
"I've heard nothing but wonderful things about Mont-Tremblant," said Johansson, who stands fifth in the Grand American team point standings with 91 championship markers. "Scott [Pruett] was able to enjoy some success here last year, so we should have a pretty good baseline setup to go off of. Cort has run here in the past as well in Daytona Prototypes. With those two elements combined, I think we have a fairly good shot at getting to the front this weekend and turning our luck around."
Wagner piloted a G&W-prepared Daytona Prototype at Mont-Tremblant last year before joining the Chip Ganassi Racing ranks, and managed to help storm up 10 positions from a 17th place starting spot to finish seventh.
"It's the first 6-hour race on the calendar for us this year and I think we have a chance to turn things around this weekend," said Wagner. "The track is very twisty and a number of the 15 turns on this circuit are tight. Stefan and I are due some good luck after we were taken out of contention at Laguna Seca when we had a tire go down while running in second."