DIAZ TO DICE IT UP IN PHOENIX AS PRUETT TENDS TO IROC OBLIGATIONS INDIANAPOLIS (September 8, 2005) -- With legendary road racer Scott Pruett attending to his Crown Royal IROC Series duties at Richmond International Raceway tonight (LIVE,...
DIAZ TO DICE IT UP IN PHOENIX AS PRUETT TENDS TO IROC OBLIGATIONS
INDIANAPOLIS (September 8, 2005) -- With legendary road racer Scott Pruett attending to his Crown Royal IROC Series duties at Richmond International Raceway tonight (LIVE, SPEED Channel, 7:00 pm ET), CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates teammate and co-driver of the no.01 Lexus-Riley Luis Diaz will hope to provide team engineers and crew the necessary feedback to put their Daytona Prototype on pole for Friday's qualifier in anticipation of this weekend's Phoenix 250 at Phoenix International Raceway.
Currently second in the team championship of Grand American's Daytona Prototype class, the defending Rolex Sports Car Series champs will again try their hand at cutting into SunTrust Racing's point lead (312-293) in Round 11 of the 14-race docket. Last season, Pruett and co-driver Max Papis started from pole, with teammate Luis Diaz taking the second spot in a second DP, delivering CGRFS its first ever Rolex Series one-two start.
Diaz would go on to record one of six top-five drives of 2004 with a fourth-place showing at PIR. The Mexico City resident is looking forward to returning to the race this year which will feature an all-Daytona Prototype race for the first time in series history.
"We just have to keep pushing every race," said Diaz. "Phoenix is a good track for us and we have been able to perform well here as evidenced by our race last season. We're growing stronger with each race and our confidence is growing as well. Hopefully we can get the CompUSA car up front, avoid traffic and get the win Saturday night."
Following Pruett's 31st career IROC appearance in Richmond tonight, he'll hop a westward bound plane Friday morning and immediately get up to speed in preparation for the 250-mile (166-lap) sprint race around the tight 1.51-mile infield road course.
"It will be a tight turn around with the IROC race in the mix this weekend, but it's nothing I can't handle" said Pruett, who ran a three-race weekend at Watkins Glen earlier this year. "I have the utmost confidence in Luis in terms of setting the car up for qualifying and the race. He's come a long way this year, and we hope to return the CompUSA car to victory lane this weekend."
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Phoenix 250 Saturday night, September 10th (TAPE DELAY, SPEED Channel, 4:00 pm ET, September 11th) at Phoenix International Raceway for Round 11 of the Rolex Sports Car Series. 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.