ANOTHER PODIUM FOR COMPUSA AND A TIE FOR THE ROLEX CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 12, 2005) -- After six tough hours of racing at Watkins' Glen under very difficult track conditions, CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates'...
ANOTHER PODIUM FOR COMPUSA AND A TIE FOR THE ROLEX CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 12, 2005) -- After six tough hours of racing at Watkins' Glen under very difficult track conditions, CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' aces Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz overcame the challenges of the inclement weather to bring home the no.01 CompUSA Lexus Riley with their 4th podium finish of the season putting them in a tie for the Rolex Grand American SportCar series lead in the championship.
Following a second place qualifying effort, just thousands of a second behind the series leader in the no.10 car, Pruett took the start and then the lead following the first round of pitstops. By the time Luis Diaz took over the helm of the No.01 CompUSA DP, the sun had started to disappear from the New York state countryside. Similar to the preceding race, the Six Hours at Mont Tremblant, Mother Nature once again played her hand and produced numerous incidents of contact, off road excursions and significantly limiting visibility for all competitors with a combination of torrential rain and fog. Yet, once again no.01 CompUSA team persevered and was rewarded with another podium performance after Pruett, with less than 15 minutes left in the race, had made his way into third from ninth place, and was in a position to challenge the leaders.
"It was really treacherous at the end as the conditions turned really ugly," said Pruett who fended off a last lap challenge from the fourth place car (no.19) as it tried a passing move on the no.01 CompUSA DP on the outside of turn seven. Pruett would cross the finish line in third spot. "It was just pouring at the end. I just couldn't take the risk of making any mistakes by trying to improve our finishing position. I knew that the no.10 car (series leaders) was behind me and I didn't want to jeopardize our chances for the championship. We're now tied for the championship lead and one step closer to defending our Rolex title."
"It wasn't my best day out there but Scott did an outstanding job and really saved the race for us," said Luis Diaz who, as rain began to pour down, slid off course on slicks and was hit from behind by another car that was 30 laps down. "The CompUSA crew did a great job getting us back out there after our accident when the conditions turned bad and it took two extra stops under yellow to fix the No.01 Lexus Riley. We were lucky that there wasn't any suspension damage and that only the aerodynamics was affected by the contact. Even with the loss of downforce and grip, Scott managed to drive it from ninth place to third and with the no.10 car finishing in 6th spot, which ties things up for the Rolex Series lead and makes things very interesting."
Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Cort Wagner and Stefan Johansson finished 5th in the Daytona Prototype class in the no.02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley.
Fans of CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates can follow the no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley all season long by logging onto 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. Next up for the team is the Brumos Porsche 250 on Thursday, June 30th (LIVE, SPEED Channel, 8:00 pm ET) at Daytona International Speedway for Round 7 of the Rolex Sports Car Series.