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Team Lexus Closes Out 2004 Grand Am Cup Campaign With Eighth in Lexus Grand Am 250 FONTANA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2004) -- Andy Brumbaugh, Gary Sheehan and Andy Lally combined to finish eighth in their ...

Team Lexus Closes Out 2004 Grand Am Cup Campaign With Eighth in Lexus Grand Am 250

FONTANA, Calif. (Nov. 1, 2004) -- Andy Brumbaugh, Gary Sheehan and Andy Lally combined to finish eighth in their #0 Team Lexus IS 300 as the highest-finishing Lexus in Saturday's Lexus Grand American 250 Grand Am Cup race at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif.

The performance marked the third consecutive top-10 finish for Brumbaugh and Lally, who had placed in the top five in each of the two previous races while campaigning the #3 Lexus. The solid showing came after struggling to find speed in the car on Friday with a 14th-place qualifying effort.

Lally saw double-duty come race-time on Saturday as he also shared the #3 Lexus IS 300 with former open-wheel and NASCAR driver Anthony Lazzaro. After qualifying ninth, the duo went on to finish in 13th-place after having an on-course incident with another competitor resulting in the #3 car coming to a stop at Turn Three on Lap 75 of the 86-lap event.

Chuck Goldsborough and Ian James saw an early end to their day in the #2 Lexus IS 300 as they retired just eight laps into the event due to mechanical problems as they placed 18th in class. On Friday, the pair had qualified seventh - the highest among the three Lexus cars entered.

The Lexus Grand Am 250 can be seen on a tape-delayed basis, Nov. 7 at 5:00 p.m. eastern on SPEED Channel.

This past weekend's Grand Am Cup action was run in conjunction with the Lexus Grand American Champions Weekend that saw Lexus-powered drivers Max Papis and Scott Pruett drive to a dominating victory in clinching the series driver's and team championships in Lexus first season of Rolex Series participation.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Anthony Lazzaro , Ian James , Chuck Goldsborough , Andy Brumbaugh , Gary Sheehan