Watkins Glen II: Chip Ganassi race report

PRUETT AND DIAZ CLAIM SERIES-LEADING FOURTH WIN OF 2006 AT WATKINS GLEN WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2006) -- Scott Pruett held off a hard-charging Max Angelelli following a restart with two laps remaining in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins...

PRUETT AND DIAZ CLAIM SERIES-LEADING FOURTH WIN OF 2006 AT WATKINS GLEN

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 11, 2006) -- Scott Pruett held off a hard-charging Max Angelelli following a restart with two laps remaining in the Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen to score CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' fourth win of the Rolex Sports Car Series season. CGRFS co-driver Luis Diaz started fourth, and Pruett took the point on Lap 43 and never relinquished the lead.

Diaz maintained his fourth-place position on the opening laps of the Daytona Prototype-only race, and ran up to Lap 33 before pitting for a driver change during the race's only stop. Pruett entered the race in third position thanks to flawless pit work, and made the pass for the lead on Guy Cosmo's no.09 machine just after the halfway mark of the 82-lap race.

Pruett had built up a 1.6-second lead on Angelelli's no.10 car with five laps to go when the caution flew for the no.09 car that went off course in the gravel trap. That set up a two-lap, two-car shootout between Pruett and Angelelli, with Pruett eventually holding on for a 0.553-second win over the rival no.10 machine.

It is the no.01 car's 11th win in only 38 career Grand American starts -- a winning percentage of 0.29.

Pruett and Diaz remain in third place in the Rolex Series Driver point standings, but move to within 32 points of leader Jorg Bergmeister. They also hold their third-place standing in the Team category, now just six points behind Bergmeister's no.76 Daytona Prototype as the series enters Round 13 of the 14-race schedule.

The no.01 CompUSA Lexus-Riley has finished on the podium in seven of 12 races in 2006, and the victory furthers the team's position as most successful team in Daytona Prototype history-- holding records in wins (12), poles (19) and podium finishes (28). Pruett continues to be the most successful Daytona Prototype pilot ever with career records for wins (11), pole positions (8) and podium finishes (23).

Next up for Pruett and Diaz and the no.01 team is the inaugural event at Infineon Raceway, Saturday, August 26th on the 2.52-mile permanent road course in Sonoma, Calif. Catch the team in action on SPEED Channel August 27th at 3:00 ET (TAPE-DELAY).

CGRFS Driver Quoteboard

SCOTT PRUETT

"The CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing guys made a great pit stop that ultimately won the race for us. They got us out in front of the 10 car, and we just never let up after that. This is just what great racing is all about. A green flag restart with two laps to go and Max Angelelli breathing down your neck. What a race. I think the no.76 car [points leader] should have played it safe today, but that comes with experience. We still have an outside shot at the championship. We'll keep pushing forward and hopefully continue our winning ways."

LUIS DIAZ

"The car was quick, and Scott and the guys did everything we needed to get a much needed victory. Lexus gave us a great engine, and the car really seemed to dig when we needed it most. My hat's off to the pit crew and all the Ganassi guys. This is a great win for CompUSA. We needed this one."

-credit: www.chipganassiracing.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Guy Cosmo , Luis Diaz , Jörg Bergmeister , Max Angelelli , Chip Ganassi , Felix Sabates
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing