Scott Pruett currently leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with four wins in the season's first six races in his ...
Scott Pruett currently leads the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with four wins in the season's first six races in his #01 Telmex Lexus. He'll be racing in this weekend's EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio, as well as the Toyota/Savemart 300 Sprint Cup Series race at Sonoma, Calif. in the #41 Target car for Chip Ganassi Racing. Each day, he'll provide a diary of his attempt to run two races across three time zones.
Sunday, June 20
Immediately after the Mid-Ohio race, it was time to head back to the airport and we arrived into NAPA between 11:30 and midnight Saturday night. I was able to get to bed before 1 a.m. and get some needed rest.
The night went quickly, though, and it was back out to the track at about 7 a.m. this morning. First up were some media commitments and then it was off to meet with the team. We made the decision to leave the car with what we had on Friday. We just weren't confident enough to make any changes in the set-up without any practice time.
After that, I had a bit of time to catch up with some friends, including TRD vice president Lee White, who I go all the way back to Roush Racing with during our IMSA days. From there, it was straight into driver's meetings and pre-race festivities -- and with NASCAR, there are a LOT of festivities and it must work because they looked to have a full house today.
We mapped out a strategy of solid and steady for the race. For the most part, the race went as planned and the car was alright. We had hoped to gain some spots in the pits and steadily work our way toward the front. Unfortunately, it turned out to be just the opposite. It wasn't any mistake by the crew, it just seemed like the yellows seemed to fall at the worst times for us. Where we had hoped to gain a few spots on each stop, we'd pit, the yellow would come out and we'd end up losing two or three spots per stop.
Yet, in the end, our strategy looked to be paying off. We were running in the top-15 with three laps to go when we just got run over by Tony Stewart, which ended our race immediately. We came into the race with the goal of scoring as many points as possible and that was all lost when we got hit from behind and the team lost some needed points.
In looking back over the past four days, all in all, the weekend went reasonably well, but it ended up being a weekend of what could-have-beens.
At Mid-Ohio, we had a very fast car. In Saturday morning's practice, we were P3 on old tires. We were very happy with the performance of the Lexus engine heading into the race and the team did a great job on the chassis. We were really happy with the car. Unfortunately, the weather didn't want to cooperate and in the end, we decided to take the conservative route and we ended up leaving Mid-O with our car in one piece and a 37-point championship lead.
Really, the only major downside of the weekend was getting run over at the end. If we would have finished in the top-15, it would have been a successful weekend.
Now it's back to normality and on to Daytona to begin the second half of the Grand-Am season.
Thanks for coming along for the ride.