SCOTT PRUETT TO DRIVE SECOND TEXACO/HAVOLINE "SHINE ON" DODGE AT INFINEON Defending Rolex Series Champion Returns to Sonoma as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Expands to Four Cars CONCORD, N.C. (June 20, 2005) -- Chip Ganassi Racing...
SCOTT PRUETT TO DRIVE SECOND TEXACO/HAVOLINE "SHINE ON" DODGE AT INFINEON
Defending Rolex Series Champion Returns to Sonoma as Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Expands to Four Cars
CONCORD, N.C. (June 20, 2005) -- Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) and Chevron Corporation announced today that defending Grand Am Rolex Series Champion Scott Pruett will pilot a second Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge in the 110-lap Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on June 26. Pruett, a native of nearby Sacramento, Calif., will be driving the No. 39 Dodge, which will be the fourth entry by CGRFS, with a paint scheme complementing teammate Jamie McMurray's No. 42 Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge.
Pruett has 35 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts dating back to 2000, four of which have come at the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway. He recorded his best finish of third at the track one year ago in the No. 39 Dodge, crossing the finish line directly behind CGRFS teammate McMurray.
Pruett is currently tied for first place in the Grand Am Rolex Series standings with co-pilot Luis Diaz driving for the no. 01 CompUSA team based out of Chip Ganassi Racing's Indianapolis stable. Together, the duo have already amassed two victories and three poles this season, along with four podiums and five top-five finishes in just six starts.
"The relationship I've had with Chip, Felix and the whole organization over the past few years has been outstanding and I love the balance of running the Rolex Series with the NEXTEL Cup races," said Pruett, who has built a multidisciplinary motorsports career competing in Grand American, NASCAR, CART, IROC, IMSA and Trans Am. "We've had a lot of success this season in the Daytona Prototypes already in defense of our championship, but a personal goal of mine has always been to get a NASCAR win under my belt. We've spent some time testing the Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge, and I really feel we have a great group of guys in place that can get us to victory lane. I know we can run up front. And if you can run up front at Infineon, you can win. After winning the two Grand American races in California earlier this year at Fontana and Laguna Seca, it would be great to get a third for the team next Sunday."
The special paint schemes that McMurray and Pruett will be running are a part of the "Shine On" series of cars. The designs pay tribute to the iconic status of the star, which has led the way on the hood of a Texaco/Havoline car in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series for over 18 years. The Star logo being showcased on the Infineon cars was introduced in 1936 and was used until 1963. McMurray has already competed with "Shine On" cars at Texas and Charlotte, and he'll also be running one at Talladega in October.
"We are pleased to have Scott (Pruett) driving a second Texaco/Havoline "Shine On" Dodge here in the backyard of the Chevron Corporation (San Ramon, Calif.)," said Danny Roden, vice president of North America marketing for Chevron. "As he illustrated in his Sonoma finish last year, he's an experienced road course racer and were proud to have him piloting the star around Infineon Raceway.
"We launched the 'Shine On' campaign this season to highlight one of America's corporate icons, the Texaco star and to pay tribute to Texaco's rich tradition for symbolizing quality and performance. Running the second car at Infineon helps us communicate the brand's enduring performance while honoring a heritage that our customers recognize."