VIR: Chip Ganassi Racing qualifying report

COMPUSA CAR LEADS FIRST-EVER DP QUALIFYING RACE BEFORE ELECTRICAL ISSUES DROP PRUETT TO 22ND ALTON, Va. (April 22, 2006) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates could only sit and watch while co-driver Scott Pruett ...

COMPUSA CAR LEADS FIRST-EVER DP QUALIFYING RACE BEFORE ELECTRICAL ISSUES DROP PRUETT TO 22ND

ALTON, Va. (April 22, 2006) -- Luis Diaz of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates could only sit and watch while co-driver Scott Pruett encountered electrical issues and fell out of the lead in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype's first-ever qualifying "race" at Virginia International Raceway. Pruett started the 30-minute rain-soaked session on pole based on the team's top position in the point standings, and led the first six laps before surrendering to the problem. The 2004 Rolex Series Champion safely guided the car back to the pits where the team did everything in its power to keep them in the hunt. The no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley eventually rolled back out off pit lane, but only to finish 22nd out of 26 DPs entered this weekend.

With the new qualifying format comes a new point system that awards the 30-minute session full race points based on finishing order. The CompUSA team temporarily drops out of the Rolex Series point lead it held coming in (111-97) over the no.23 Porsche-Crawford, falling to third (120) in the standings behind the no.23 (129) and today's pole winning no.19 Ford-Crawford (121).

The 22nd-place qualifying result marks only the second time in 31 career appearances the car will start outside the top-10 (11th, 2004 6 Hours of Watkins Glen).

The VIR 400K, Round 5 of the Rolex Sports Car Series season, airs tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) on SPEED Channel.

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SCOTT PRUETT "We were plenty quick, and right on the pace from the get-go, so I was shocked. It's just one of those things that you have to get past. I guess it turned out to be an electrical issue. I was being pretty conservative, and second and third place started gaining ground on us. [Team Manager] Tim [Keene] came on the radio and told me to pick it up a bit and the car just started cutting in and out intermittently. That was it. I slowed down and limped around to pit lane where they changed the ECU. It was a heck of a first of these new qualifying races, but we'll be back again tomorrow."

-www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Luis Diaz , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing