VIR: Lexus preview

FAST STARTERS -- With a pair of victories and a second-place finish in the season's first three races, the ...

FAST STARTERS -- With a pair of victories and a second-place finish in the season's first three races, the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus has matched the best start in Daytona Prototype history. The last team to open the series with two wins and second was the SunTrust Racing team in 2005, which then went on to the series title. The Ganassi team actually won three of the first four races run in 2006, but one of those victories came in a "one-off" with the #02 Lexus at the Rolex 24. With the strong start to the 2008 campaign, both the team and drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas sit atop their respective Daytona Prototype championships.

GANASSI/LEXUS AT VIR -- In four previous trips to Virginia International Raceway, the #01 Ganassi Lexus has three top-three podium finishes including a 2005 victory with Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz behind the wheel. The team also placed second in 2004, third in 2006 and eighth in 2007. Ironically, no Daytona Prototype team has won at VIR and gone on to win the series title since the class' debut season in 2003, when just four teams campaigned the full season.

LEXUS CONTINUES TO TOP MANUFACTURER'S CHAMPIONSHIP -- Lexus continues to lead the Daytona Prototype Manufacturer's Championship after three races with a seven-point advantage.

RECORD-SETTERS -- With a pair of 2008 wins, Scott Pruett now has 16 career Rolex Series victories, while Chip Ganassi Racing has extended its win total to 17 - both Rolex Series records.

AND THE STREAK GOES ON.... -- Not only are Scott Pruett and the #01 Lexus team the biggest winners in the sport, but they're also the most consistent team. In addition to the recent victories to open the season at the Rolex 24 and Miami, Pruett and the #01 Telmex Lexus have earned top-10 finishes in a record 22 consecutive races, dating back to Mid-Ohio in June 2006.

LOOKING TO GET BACK ON TRACK -- The Southard Motorsports team will strive to improve their performance after a 12th-place finish in Mexico City. Shane Lewis and Bill Lester combined to run in the top-five at Homestead before eventually finishing ninth and was challenging for the top-five at Daytona before a co-driver went off-track in the early morning hours. The team has a pair of top-10 finishes to their credit at VIR, including a sixth in 2005.

-credit: lexus

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Memo Rojas , Bill Lester , Chip Ganassi
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing