LEXUS DRIVER PRUETT LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY AT WATKINS GLEN TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2005) -- When most of the drivers in the Rolex Sports Car Series complete this Friday night's CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen, they will pack their bags and get...
LEXUS DRIVER PRUETT LOOKS TO MAKE HISTORY AT WATKINS GLEN
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 8, 2005) -- When most of the drivers in the Rolex Sports Car Series complete this Friday night's CompUSA 200 at Watkins Glen, they will pack their bags and get ready to move on to the next race on the Grand American schedule. For Scott Pruett (CompUSA Lexus-Riley), his weekend's work will have just begun.
Pruett, the series defending champion, will attempt to make history by running in all three major races on this weekend's event schedule at "The Glen." In addition, to his primary role as the co-driver along with Luis Diaz in his Lexus-powered Daytona Prototype for Ganassi Racing, Pruett also is entered into the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Nextel Cup events.
"It's going to be a busy weekend for sure," said Pruett. "Our first objective is to regain some of the ground we've lost to the number 10 car in prototypes the last two races. After that, we hold the track record in the Busch Series and we believe we can challenge again. As for the Cup race, well it's always tough. We've got to run at the front, which we have done in the past. If we can do that, then we'll be in a position to go for the win."
One thing is certain, Pruett should have no problem finding his way around the upstate New York road course as he's raced at the track in no less than eight different major racing series -- NASCAR Nextel Cup, Busch, Grand American Rolex Series, IROC, IMSA GTP, IMSA GTO, IMSA GTU and Trans-Am. Amazingly enough, he's had at least one top-five finish at Watkins Glen in every one of those series, except Busch, where he placed eighth in 2001 after setting the track record in qualifying.
The weekend kicks off with the CompUSA 200, where Pruett and Diaz will look to improve upon their current second-place standing in the points race. To date, they've earned two wins and four podium finishes in the season's first eight events, including a third on the Glen's "long course" in June. The pair is coming off a fourth-place finish at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.
They'll be joined in the Lexus camp by their Ganassi Racing teammates Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner in the #02 New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley. Johansson and Wagner are currently sixth overall in points heading into Watkins Glen.
Lexus-powered Daytona Prototypes have won seven races and registered 14 pole positions in 20 Rolex Series events to date.
Qualifying for the CompUSA 200 is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 11, 3:15 p.m. EDT. Friday night's race will get the green flag at 6:00 p.m. with SPEED providing same-day coverage beginning at 10 p.m. The Rolex Sports Car Series event is planned for 200 miles or 82 laps on the 2.45-mile "short" course with a time limit of two hours.