2004 Daytona Prototype Co-Champions Pruett and Papis Selected for 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2005) -- Officials from the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) series today announced that 2004 Grand...
2004 Daytona Prototype Co-Champions Pruett and Papis Selected for 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (January 19, 2005) -- Officials from the Crown Royal International Race of Champions (IROC) series today announced that 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype co-champions Max Papis and Scott Pruett have been selected to compete in the four-race championship worth $1 million.
Papis and Pruett will race against 10 other champion drivers representing the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series, as well as the Champ Car World Series, IRL IndyCar Series and World of Outlaws in equally-prepared cars. The 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series gets underway on Friday, February 18 at Daytona International Speedway, with Round 2 scheduled for April 15 at Texas Motor Speedway, Round 3 at Richmond International Raceway on September 8 and the season finale at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 29, with a $1 million prize going to the series champion. All races will be televised on SPEED Channel.
Papis and Pruett earned the right to compete in the 2005 Crown Royal IROC Series by winning the 2004 Rolex Series Daytona Prototype championship as co-drivers of the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with a class-leading four victories and a Rolex Series-record 11 pole positions. It will be Papis' first appearance in IROC.
"I'm really proud to be here and representing Grand American," said Papis. "It's going to be very exciting. I always like driving NASCAR-type cars, and I'm proud to be racing with these champions. To get a chance at a $1 million check is pretty good too."
Pruett will be competing in IROC for the eighth time in 2005, and owns race victories at Riverside and Daytona International Speedway. It will be Pruett's first IROC appearance since the 1996 season.
"It's obviously a great honor for me to be invited back to the IROC Series," Pruett said. "I've had some luck in the past with the series and won a couple races at Riverside and Daytona, so I'm very much looking forward to competing again this year. I'll do my best to represent the Rolex Series as the Daytona Prototype champion, along with CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing. It should be fun."
Joining Papis and Pruett in the field will be NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series champions Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup driver and four-time IROC champion Mark Martin, 2004 NASCAR Busch Series champion Martin Truex Jr., 2004 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton, 2004 Champ Car World Series champion Sebastien Bourdais, Indianapolis 500 champions Buddy Rice and Helio Castroneves, and World of Outlaws champions Steve Kinser and Danny Lasoski.
The two Rolex Series drivers get their 2005 racing seasons underway in the Rolex 24 At Daytona on the weekend of February 3-6 at Daytona International Speedway. Papis will be co-driving the No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley with co-drivers Jorg Bergmeister and Oliver Gavin, while Pruett begins his Daytona Prototype title defense in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with co-drivers Luis Diaz and Ryan Briscoe. Among the IROC competitors, Kenseth, Busch, Bourdais and Rice will also participate in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Tickets for the Feb. 5-6 Rolex 24 At Daytona are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.