Impressive Comeback by Pruett and Rojas Leads to Third Win of Rolex Series Season for TELMEX ALTON, Va. (April 28, 2008)-The No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Lexus Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas relied on...
Impressive Comeback by Pruett and Rojas Leads to Third Win of Rolex Series Season for TELMEX
ALTON, Va. (April 28, 2008)-The No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) Lexus Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas relied on strategy and smart driving to stand atop the podium at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in the Bosch 250 despite having to relinquish Rojas' pole position for an 18th starting spot on the grid.
The TELMEX team started the 77-lap race from pit lane to give Rojas enough room to avoid a potential accident in turn one. Strategy continued as Rojas pitted on lap four to get a splash of fuel and an early caution on lap eight allowed the No.01 car to gain valuable track position. Rojas and the No.10 car made contact before a driver change on lap 30. With another off-sequence pit stop, Pruett was able to advance to first place and held off increasing pressure from the No.2 car to take the checkered flag as he led the most laps in the race (20).
Pruett and Rojas' win was the best comeback for a win in the No.01's team history, beating a charge from 11th to first place in 2004 at Watkins Glen. The win also marked the first time the No.01 Lexus driven by Pruett and company has won three out of its first four races (two of four in 2005 and 2006).
The No.01 TELMEX win further solidified Pruett's place in racing history as he increased his margin as the winningest driver in Rolex Series and Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc (CGR) history with 17 victories over James Weaver (13) and Juan Pablo Montoya (16), respectively. Rojas also scored his fourth career Rolex win.
The victory at VIR marked Chip Ganassi Racing Teams 93rd win. Target Chip Ganassi Racing IndyCar teammate Dan Wheldon further increased the tally Sunday by scoring the team's 94th win at Kansas Speedway. Finally, Montoya from the team's NASCAR Sprint Cup Series added to the successful weekend with a second place finish at Talladega Superspeedway, putting him into the 12th position for the Chase for the Sprint Cup.
Pruett and Rojas currently lead the Rolex series driver and team championship race with 137 points, 21 marks over the No.91 Goossens/Matthews car (116).
Scott Pruett "Today was awesome! It was such a great win. The last twenty, twenty-five laps were definitely raced hard (with the No.2 car). Sometimes we got the break, other times the No.2 car got the break but we always got back together and were nose-to-tail with each other. The car was fantastic, what Lexus has been able to do for the TELMEX car has been great and all of our Ganassi team has done so much to get this season off to a start that allows us to chase the championship."
Memo Rojas "The TELMEX team did a great job to help us win the race today. We knew what we had to do when the green flag dropped. The one part of the race that upsets me is when Michael (Valiante) and I were racing side by side, and we got together and Michael went off the track. I got chopped off by him which caused him to go off the track. It's really too bad because Michael is a good friend of mine and I see this as a racing incident and he is definitely the last person that I want to have contact with on the track. But, the TELMEX guys did so well today and it's great to have another win."