PRUETT PUTS LEXUS ON POLE FOR FOURTH TIME IN '05; COMPUSA LEXUS ON TOP AT MONT TREMBLANT MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Defending series champion Scott Pruett put his ...
PRUETT PUTS LEXUS ON POLE FOR FOURTH TIME IN '05; COMPUSA LEXUS ON TOP AT MONT TREMBLANT
MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 20, 2005) -- Defending series champion Scott Pruett put his #01 CompUSA Lexus Riley on the pole for Saturday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont Tremblant to give Lexus its fourth pole position in five races this season and the manufacturer's 15th in 17 Rolex Sports Car Series races since entering the series in 2004.
The pole marks the third for the #01 car this season and gives the CompUSA Lexus team its 14th pole in 17 Grand Am starts.
While Pruett and co-driver Luis Diaz have the top spot for Saturday's endurance run, they are just one of three Lexus-powered entries to earn top-five starting spots for the race. Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner will start fourth in their #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley, while rookie Fabrizio Gollin captured the fifth starting position along with teammate Matteo Bobbi in the #77 Crown Royal Special Reserve Lexus-Doran in their first trip to the scenic Quebec road course.
Pruett not only is the series defending champion, but he's also the defending race winner as he and then teammate Max Papis drove to the team and Lexus' first Daytona Prototype victory from the pole a year ago at Mont Tremblant. In addition, the #77 Doran team placed second in last year's Mont Tremblant six-hour event.
SPEED will provide live flag-to-flag coverage of Saturday's six-hour race beginning at 11 a.m. EDT.
Scott Pruett, #01 CompUSA Lexus Riley: "I'm having a great time running the Daytona Prototypes," 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. 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. 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."