Scott Pruett, driving a Lexus Riley, finished .341 seconds ahead of Darren Law Sunday in the Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arent, giving Ganassi Racing its first win at Barber Motorsports Park and its sixth win in nine...
Scott Pruett, driving a Lexus Riley, finished .341 seconds ahead of Darren Law Sunday in the Rolex Sports Car Series Porsche 250 Presented by Bradley Arent, giving Ganassi Racing its first win at Barber Motorsports Park and its sixth win in nine races this year. Pruett and teammate Memo Rojas now have a commanding 60-point lead over Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, who finished 32nd due to clutch problems, in the Daytona Prototype drivers' championship with five races remaining.
"I can't say enough about Lexus," said Pruett, who pulled away from Law during the race's fifth and final caution to secure the win on a brutally hot summer day in Alabama. "The engine was great today. Even with all this heat, our water temps pegged, our oil temps were pegged - everything was overheated - including the driver - and the engine never let up. Memo did a great job today and the whole team did a great job. If we go on to win this championship, it's going to be because of the consistency of this team. We never seem to have a major problem with the car. We never have a problem with the engine. Every week they give us a good car and every race our pit stops are flawless. It's a total team effort."
With the searing summer heat pushing his Porsche motor to the brink of expiration, Law just did not have enough to catch Pruett in the closing laps. "I just couldn't make up any more ground than I did," said Law, who shared his Brumos Porsche Riley with David Donohue. "It was close. It was a great run."
Pruett led 17 of 103 laps, taking the lead for good on Lap 91, when Brian Frisselle's AIM Autosport Ford Riley slowed on track with mechanical problems.
Michael Shank Racing Ford Rileys ended up third and fourth, with the No. 6 of Ian James besting the No. 60 driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. The No. 47 of Doran Racing Ford Dallara rounded out the top-five.
Nick Ham and Sylvan Tremblay, sharing the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8, won the GT class for the third time this season. They are now 14 points behind Kelly Collins and Paul Edwards, who finished sixth, in the GT drivers' standings. The No. 87 FarnbacherLoles Porsche finished second, with Dirk Werner crossing the finish line 8.38 seconds behind Ham. Andy Lally came home third in the No. 67 TRG Porsche he shared with Tim George Jr.
The next Rolex Series race is Friday, August 1 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.