Lexus Looks To Keep Hot Streak Intact at Watkins Glen TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2004) - With three wins in the last four races, the Lexus Grand-American Rolex Series program will be looking to maintain status quo at this weekend's Sahlen's 200...
Lexus Looks To Keep Hot Streak Intact at Watkins Glen
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 10, 2004) - With three wins in the last four races, the Lexus Grand-American Rolex Series program will be looking to maintain status quo at this weekend's Sahlen's 200 at Watkins Glen International.
The upcoming action will mark the series second race at Watkins Glen with the Lexus duo of Max Papis and Scott Pruett victorious in the first event - the Sahlens Six Hours back in June. Yet, the CompUSA Ganassi Racing pair won't gain any advantage from the first trip as this weekend's contest will be held on the circuit's short course rather than the long course, which was run in June.
Then again, the series-leading pairing may not need any advantage as they arrive in upstate New York on the strength of a victory this past weekend at Mid-Ohio. In addition, they've registered three wins and a pair of seconds in their last five races. With that impressive stretch dating back to Phoenix in April, Papis and Pruett now hold a 22-point lead in the drivers championship.
Providing a potent one-two punch for the CompUSA Ganassi camp are Jimmy Morales and Luis Diaz in the #02 Lexus, who have notched two third-place finishes in the last three races.
Another formidable challenge should come from the Doran-Lista Racing team that will enjoy the return of team driver Jan Magnussen after two races away due to other commitments. While 22-year-old Ben Leuenberger did an able job as a substitute, Magnussen has established himself as one of the premiere sports car racers in the world. In three races with the team this season, Magnussen has helped co-drive to second (Mont-Tremblant) and fifth-place finishes (Watkins Glen). He also dueled Papis for the lead late in the race at Homestead only to see the two make contact and snatch away what appeared to be a certain victory for one of the Lexus-powered entries with just a handful of laps remaining.
After a stretch of six consecutive top-eight finishes, Michael Shank Racing will be looking to bounce back at "The Glen." Team drivers Oswaldo Negri and Burt Frisselle co-drive to an eighth on the team's trip to the Watkins Glen long course in June.
The Sahlens 200 will be run in conjunction with this weekend's Nextel Cup event and is scheduled for a 6:30 p.m. start on Friday evening. SPEED will provide same-day coverage beginning at 10 p.m.