News round up 2004-06-25

News, Notes & Quotes from the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2004) - Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship leaders Scott Pruett (Daytona Prototype) and Boris Said (GT) will take their ...

News, Notes & Quotes from the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 25, 2004) - Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series championship leaders Scott Pruett (Daytona Prototype) and Boris Said (GT) will take their considerable road racing skills back to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series this weekend in the Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Action gets underway today with practice and qualifying for Sunday's race.

Pruett and teammate Max Papis drove the No. 01 COMPUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley to their second consecutive Rolex Series victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen last weekend. In the same race, Said ripped off an impressive fourth consecutive GT class victory, co-driving the No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 with Bill Auberlen. Papis and Pruett co-lead the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype driver standings with 151 points while Said is alone at the top of the GT standings with 154 points.

Pruett will stick with the Ganassi team this weekend, driving the No. 39 Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge while Said returns with MB2/MBV Motorsports in the No. 36 Centrix Financial Chevrolet. Both drivers ran road course races with the same teams last year with a great deal of success. Said won the pole and finished sixth at Sonoma, while Pruett rebounded from a disappointing showing in that race to finish second in his Ganassi ride at Watkins Glen later in the season.

Pruett, Said and a full field of Daytona Prototype, GT and SGS class competitors will get back to the more familiar environment of the Rolex Sports Car Series for Round 6 of this year's championship, Thursday, July 1. The traditional Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche begins at 11 p.m. that evening and will conclude in the early Friday morning hours. The race, a symbolic tribute to the Midnight Ride of Paul Revere, can be seen on SPEED Channel, Sunday, July 4th at Noon ET.


While Tony Stewart is among the top NASCAR stars Scott Pruett and Boris Said will be trying to beat this weekend, the Dodge/SaveMart 350 will not be their only chance to race against the 2002 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Champion in the near future. Stewart will make his second of three Rolex Sports Car Series starts in the Paul Revere 250, co-driving the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford with sports car stalwart Andy Wallace. The two, along with Dale Earnhardt Jr., drove for the same team this past January in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and just missed out on the victory with suspension failure while leading 20 minutes from the finish. Wallace and Stewart will also share the No. 20 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Daytona Prototype in the upcoming Rolex Series 200, August 13.

The CITGO Howard-Boss team will also field the familiar No. 2 Pontiac Crawford in the Paul Revere with regular driver Milka Duno teaming with Jan Lammers.


Ricky Rudd has long been considered one of the top road racers in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series and in some of the pre-race publicity leading up to this weekend's race in Sonoma, the veteran driver was asked if the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series would be something to consider in the future.

"I think they've got a good thing going right now," Rudd said. "Yeah, it's an attractive series and they're growing that series. Like I say, I came from road racing and maybe one day I'll go back to it, but right now I've got 120 percent focus on trying to do my part and get this Motorcraft/Air Force Taurus up to speed. We haven't been as fast as we needed to be all year, but I see some signs of progress in recent weeks. I'll worry about that (another series) one day when I step out of the Cup cars, but if I do decide to run some other series, it most likely would be some type of a road race series."


Rolex Series drivers and team owners will head to Camp Boggy Creek, Thursday July 1st prior to that evening's Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche for an up close and personal look at the impressive facility that is part of Paul Newman's international Hole in the Wall Camps. The camp, located on 232 acres in Eustis, Fla., allows children whose lives have been a series of medical procedures and hospital stays to enjoy traditional camp activities as just a "kid." No child or family pays to attend the weeklong summer sessions or the special family weekend programs. Camp Boggy Creek is solely supported by contributions and donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. Camp Boggy Creek is a designated recipient charity of Grand American and the purpose of the visit is to introduce the facility and its various programs to Rolex Series competitors. Drivers who are planning to attend include Max Papis, Hurley Haywood, Terry Borcheller, Didier Theys and many more.


The Grand-Am Cup Series The Glen 250 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel this Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m.... Silverstone Racing, which fields the No. 39 Pontiac Crawford driven by Larry Huang and Chris Hall, will now be known as The Spark of Georgia Tech in further recognition of the team's relationship with the Georgia Institute of Technology... Rear Admiral Robert Byron Fuller (Ret.) will give the start your engines command for the Paul Revere 250 presented by Brumos Porsche. Randall Rhoden, the Chief Operating Officer of Brumos Motor Cars, Inc., will be the honorary starter for the Paul Revere, which begins immediately following NEXTEL Cup qualifying.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Wallace , Milka Duno , Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Tony Stewart , Chris Hall , Boris Said , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , Paul Newman , Larry Huang , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing