Pruett and Papis Take Over Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Points Lead DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2004) - For the fourth consecutive race, the championship lead in the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class...
Pruett and Papis Take Over Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Points Lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 26, 2004) - For the fourth consecutive race, the championship lead in the 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class has changed hands.
By virtue of their victory in Sunday's 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley drivers Scott Pruett and Max Papis have moved to the top of the points table, but 10 drivers stand within 18 points of the lead after four of 12 races. With 116 points, the Ganassi pair leads No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports BMW Doran drivers Cort Wagner and Kelly Collins - who led the championship heading into Mont-Tremblant - by two points (116-114).
In a fifth-place tie and just six points behind the leaders with 110 markers are No. 2 CITGO Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac Crawford driver Andy Wallace - who was the points leader following a victory in the Grand Prix of Miami in February - and defending Rolex Series champion Terry Borcheller who drives the No. 54 Kodak Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran and held the points lead following his team's victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli, who share the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley, also share seventh place in the championship with 105 points while Wallace's co-driver in the No. 2 CITGO machine, Milka Duno, stands ninth in points with 102. No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing Lexus Doran driver Didier Theys rounds out the top 10 with 98 points.
In addition to leading the driver standings, the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing team leads the team point standings with 116 markers, followed by a three-way tie for second place among the No. 54 Kodak Bell Motorsports, No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports and the No. 2 CITGO - Howard-Boss Motorsports teams. The No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Doran with drivers Burt Frisselle and Oswaldo Negri fill out the top five in the Daytona Prototype team standings with 108 points.
Leading the Daytona Prototype engine manufacturer standings is Pontiac with 135 points, while Lexus stands in second with 129 markers and BMW is third with 110 points. Porsche is currently fourth with 93 points, and Ford completes the top five with 80 points. Doran leads the Daytona Prototype chassis manufacturer standings with 129 points, followed by Riley with 122 and Crawford with 119. Fabcar ranks fourth in the chassis standings with 94 points, and Multimatic is fifth with 80 points.
While lead changes have been a regular occurrence in the Daytona Prototype standings, there is a new leader atop the GT drivers championship for the first time since the season opener, as No. 21 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 driver Boris Said has claimed the top spot from No. 44 Orbit Racing Porsche GT3 RS driver Mike Fitzgerald following the No. 21's third straight GT win at Mont-Tremblant. With 119 points, Said leads his No. 21 co-driver Bill Auberlen by three points while Fitzgerald slipped into a third place tie with the No. 66 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS co-drivers Chris Gleason, RJ Valentine and Ian James with 109 points apiece. Kevin Buckler, who drives the No. 67 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS, stands seventh with 107 points, followed by No. 22 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 driver Justin Marks in eighth with 95 points. No. 33 Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Maserati Light GT co-drivers Stephen Earle and Emil Assentato are tied for ninth with 94 points.
The No. 21 Prototype Technology Group team leads the GT team standings with 116 points, just three ahead of the second-place No. 66 The Racer's Group team. Orbit Racing is third in the team chase with 109 markers, followed by the No. 67 The Racer's Group team with 105 points. The No. 22 Prototype Technology Group team is fifth with 95 points. Porsche leads the GT manufacturer standings with 129 points, followed by BMW with 119 and Maserati with 99.
The only points lead that did not change hands over the weekend was in SGS, where No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 co-drivers Randy Pobst and Michael Levitas continue to lead thanks to their second consecutive SGS win in Canada. The No. 36 teammates have led the SGS standings since the Grand Prix of Miami in February. Pobst and Levitas have 134 points apiece and are 10 markers ahead of their No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup teammates Marc Bunting and Andy Lally, who are tied for third place. Jean-Francois Dumoulin, who drives the No. 91 Doncaster Racing Porsche GT3 Cup and led the SGS points race following a victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, currently stands alone in fifth place with 110 points.
The No. 38 TPC Racing team leads the SGS team standings with 124 points, while Doncaster Racing is second with 110 markers. The No. 41 Orison-Planet Earth Motorsports team ranks third in the SGS team standings with 103 points thanks to the efforts of drivers Joe, Will, and Wayne Nonnamaker in the team 's Porsche GT3 Cup. The No. 36 TPC Racing team currently stands fourth in the team championship with 102 points owing to the fact that the car did not compete in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The No. 47 Michael Baughman Racing team is fifth in the team standings with 95 points with drivers Bob Ward and Michael Baughman in the No. 47 Porsche GT3 Cup. Porsche holds a commanding lead in the SGS manufacturers championship with 140 points, 43 points ahead of second-place Chevrolet, which has 97 markers. Ferrari is third with 42 points.