Watkins Glen: Toyota Lexus preview

Lexus Grand-Am Looks For 3rd Straight Glen Victory TORRANCE, Calif. (June 6, 2005) -- Lexus will look for its third consecutive Watkins Glen victory when the Rolex Sports Car Series returns to the historic road course for this weekend's Sahlen's...

Lexus Grand-Am Looks For 3rd Straight Glen Victory

TORRANCE, Calif. (June 6, 2005) -- Lexus will look for its third consecutive Watkins Glen victory when the Rolex Sports Car Series returns to the historic road course for this weekend's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.

A year ago, the Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus-Riley driven by Scott Pruett and Max Papis won the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, while Doran Racing's Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen combined to triumph in the return engagement at the Glen in August. Both teams will return with Lexus power and will be aiming for another victory in upstate New York.

Defending series champion Scott Pruett returns in the #01 CompUSA Lexus and teams with second-year Rolex Series driver Luis Diaz. With two victories and a third-place finish in the last three races, Pruett and Diaz have moved within five points of the series leader. Over the past two years, no team has won more races than the six compiled by the #01 Ganassi team.

Stefan Johansson and Cort Wagner (New Century Mortgage Lexus-Riley) are coming off a season-best second in the most recent event at Mont-Tremblant. The strong finish helped Johansson and Wagner move up to fifth overall in points. They've combined for four top-10 finishes in five races this season.

The #77 Crown Royal Special Reserve Lexus-Doran of Fabrizio Gollin and Matteo Bobbi had their most impressive stint of the season at Mont-Tremblant. The duo led 15 laps and opened up a 21-second lead before spinning off track and sustaining a heavily-damaged right rear just past the midway point of the event. The early retirement dropped them to 12th-place overall in the points race.

Chris Bingham will once again team with the father/son team of Jacques and Hugo Guenette as CB Motorsports make their fourth start in their DLGL Lexus-Riley.

Lexus will attempt to win its 16th pole position in 18 races when the Daytona Prototypes take to the track for qualifying at 1 p.m. on Saturday. The green flag for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen is set to fall at 10 a.m. with SPEED providing five hours of live coverage separated in two parts. Coverage for part I will run from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (EDT), while part II will re-join the race at 12:30 p.m. and run through the checkered flag.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Chris Bingham , Hugo Guénette , Fabrizio Gollin , Stefan Johansson , Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Matteo Bobbi , Chip Ganassi , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing