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COMPUSA SPEEDS TO SECOND STRAIGHT ROLEX SERIES SIX-HOUR THRILLER THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN INDIANAPOLIS (June 8, 2005) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates ace Scott Pruett leads the defending 2004 Rolex Series championship...

COMPUSA SPEEDS TO SECOND STRAIGHT ROLEX SERIES SIX-HOUR THRILLER THIS WEEKEND AT WATKINS GLEN

INDIANAPOLIS (June 8, 2005) -- CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates ace Scott Pruett leads the defending 2004 Rolex Series championship team to Upstate New York's "Thunder Road" this weekend in search of their second straight triumph at the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Pruett will be flanked once again by Mexican teammate Luis Diaz who scored a season-best finish of third in a breakthrough race at the fabled 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit a year ago. The duo of Pruett and Diaz will also be looking to take over the championship point lead that rival SunTrust Racing clings to (155-150) as they enter Round 6 of the 14 race docket.

In Pruett's two trips to The Glen in 2004, the California native scored a win after starting 11th-- the only time the team qualified off the pole in 2004-- and piloted the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley to a top-five drive after starting first in the 200-mile event in mid-August.

"We had a pretty interesting six hours here last year," said Pruett, who beat the SunTrust Racing squad to the stripe by a whopping 27.016 seconds after battling back from being two laps down. "The CompUSA guys did such an awesome job just getting us through all the problems we encountered. That whole weekend seemed to be a train wreck, whether it was a broken half shaft or a sticking throttle. I'm hoping we can come out on top again, but without the all the bad luck we endured last time around."

Diaz continues to prove himself as a contender in the formidable Grand American Daytona Prototype division, and just like teammate Pruett, had to overcome adversity to score his first career podium at The Glen last year.

"Last time we just had to keep moving on despite penalties and flat tires," said Diaz, whose third-place result at The Glen delivered CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing its first ever double-podium in the Rolex Series. "The track is very challenging and demands a lot from the driver for sure. Scott and I both showed we belonged on the podium in 2004, and with the help of our team we'll do everything we can to repeat that this weekend."

Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can catch the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in action at the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y. this Sunday, June 12th (Part I, LIVE, SPEED Channel, 10:00 am ET/ Part II, LIVE, SPEED Channel, 12:30 pm ET) at Watkins Glen International for Round 6 of the Rolex Sports Car Series. Follow the team's progress throughout the race weekend by logging on to the Rolex Sports Car Series website at www.grandamerican.com for free live timing, and keep up with the team's successes throughout the 2005 season by logging onto the official website at www.chipganassiracing.com for news, features, photos and much more.

About CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates

Founded in 2004, Indianapolis-based CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates fields the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype class for American driver and defending Rolex Series Champion Scott Pruett, and second-year Mexican pilot Luis Diaz.

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