Phoenix: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying report

No.01 COMPUSA LEXUS RILEY TO START GAINSCO GRAND PRIX OF PHOENIX ON FRONT ROW. PHOENIX, Arizona. (May 12, 2006) -- The no.01 CompUSA Lexus Riley's top practice time of 57.316 seconds (94.843 mph) gridded the team second for the Rolex Sports Car...

No.01 COMPUSA LEXUS RILEY TO START GAINSCO GRAND PRIX OF PHOENIX ON FRONT ROW.

PHOENIX, Arizona. (May 12, 2006) -- The no.01 CompUSA Lexus Riley's top practice time of 57.316 seconds (94.843 mph) gridded the team second for the Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying race at Phoenix International Raceway, alongside pole sitter and the hometown favorite no.12 Lowe's Fernandez Pontiac Riley.

The 30-minute qualifying sprint race was shortened by a pair of cautions, one of which involved a five car accident that collected the no.23 Porsche Crawford. Scott Pruett brought the no.01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates across the finish line just 0.413 of a second behind the no.12 car to assure a second place starting position in the Saturday night race.

"I was disappointed as we only had a few green flag laps during the race," said Pruett. "We had a really good car and we were able to keep our nose clean. We are happy for the 12 car. I think Grand American may need to take a look at the structure of these qualifying races as I am unsure how many cars will be ready for tomorrow's race."

With the new qualifying race format (introduced in Virginia last month) comes a new point system that awards full race points based on finishing order. Pruett's second-place performance in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley puts co-driver Luis Diaz on the outside of the front row for the GAINSCO Grand Prix.

Perhaps more importantly, the second-place performance enabled Pruett and Diaz to move into a tie for third place in the Daytona Prototype championship standings. With 228 points, the No. 01 duo stands just two points behind No. 19 Playboy/Uniden Racing Ford Crawford driver Michael McDowell and four points in arrears of No. 76 Krohn Racing Ford Riley driver Jorg Bergmeister.

"That's exactly what we ran for," Pruett said. "We went out there and just didn't try to do anything but be smart and get whatever points we could. I'm happy for the team because we had some problems in the first qualifying race, which unfortunately put us at the back of the pack for the start at Virginia, even though we had a good result. We're looking for the points. We learned a few things about the car tonight, but it's been a pretty tough weekend. This is a tough track. It's tight, it's tough, it's slippery and you just can't have many miscues."

-cgr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Jörg Bergmeister , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing