Scott Pruett, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Advance No. 40 TEAM FACTS: * Driver Line-Up: This weekend, while Scott Pruett is out West filling in for David Stremme in the No. 40 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Dodge at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.,...
Scott Pruett, No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Advance
No. 40 TEAM FACTS:
* Driver Line-Up: This weekend, while Scott Pruett is out West filling in for David Stremme in the No. 40 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Dodge at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., Stremme will be filling in for Reed Sorenson in the No. 41 Busch Series Dodge at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) announced last month Pruett--the team's road-racing veteran and current points leader of the Rolex Sports Car Series--would make the switch from Daytona Prototypes to stock cars to race the No. 40 Dodge entry in the first NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series road course race of the season on June 25. In the meantime, Stremme will go race at the Milwaukee Mile where he has three NASCAR Busch Series starts and has never finished outside the top five. Altogether, he has totaled one pole, two top-five starts, and three top-five finishes. Stremme will resume his driving duties of the No. 40 Dodge July 1 at Daytona International Speedway.
* Double Duty: This weekend Pruett will be pulling double duty driving the No. 40 car in the NEXTEL Cup Series race at Infineon Raceway and the No. 01 car in the Grand American Series at Mid-Ohio. He will spend Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in Ohio before flying across the country to practice and qualify the No. 40 Dodge on Friday. After the Emco Gears Classic in Ohio on Saturday night he will fly back to California for the 110-lap event on Sunday.
* Golden State Natives: Three members of the Coors Light team hail from California. Driver Scott Pruett (Sacramento, Calif.), front tire changer Scott Ward (Clearlake, Calif.) and rear tire changer Daryl Lockyer (Los Angeles).
* Road Course Stats: Pruett has 35 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series starts dating back to 2000, five of which have come at the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway. He recorded his best finish of third at the track two years ago in the No. 39 Dodge, crossing the finish line directly behind CGRFS teammate Jamie McMurray. Pruett has made six starts for CGRFS in road course races at Infineon and Watkins Glen over the past five seasons. His average starting position is 16th and his average finish is 10th. Overall he has nine starts on road courses and his highest finish is second at Watkins Glen in 2003.
* Chassis: Crew Chief Steve Lane and the No. 40 Coors Light crew are taking chassis No. 311 for the first road course race of the season. This will be the first time this year that the team will race this chassis, but Pruett did test it at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) earlier this month in preparation for this weekend's event.
* NASCAR NEXTEL Cup points standings: The No. 40 Dodge is 38th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup owner's standings. It is 438 points out of the top 20.
Scott Pruett Quote:
"The relationship I've had with Chip and the whole Ganassi organization over the past few years has been outstanding, and I love the balance of running the Rolex Series with the NEXTEL Cup races. We've had a lot of success this season in the Daytona Prototypes already, but a personal goal of mine has always been to get a NASCAR win under my belt. The Coors Light crew and I have somewhat of a positive history together, finishing fourth at The Glen last season after starting dead last. It will definitely be a hectic weekend traveling back and forth from Ohio to Sonoma, but I'm up for the challenge. Let's go racing."