Miami: Scott Pruett preview

MIAMI - Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Motorock/Jaguar R Performance XKR, can mathematically clinch his third Trans-Am Drivers' Championship in Round 10 of the Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Pruett, who claimed his two ...

MIAMI - Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Motorock/Jaguar R Performance XKR, can mathematically clinch his third Trans-Am Drivers' Championship in Round 10 of the Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup. Pruett, who claimed his two previous titles in 1987 and 1994, needs only to finish fifth or better in the Motorock Miami 100 - Battle by the Beach on the downtown streets should his teammate Johnny Miller, who ranks second in points, collect all 36 possible points.

Pruett won his first title driving a Merkur XR4Ti, and he wheeled a Chevrolet Camaro to claim his second championship. Should Pruett win his third title in the Jaguar XKR, he'd join his team owner, Paul Gentilozzi, as the only drivers to have won three Trans-Am championships while driving three different marques. Gentilozzi's titles came while driving a Chevrolet Corvette in 1998, a Ford Mustang in 1999, and a Jaguar XKR in 2001.

The Miami race will be a new venture for Pruett - literally. Not only will the circuit be new to him, but Pruett will also pilot the Rocketsports chassis previously driven by Gentilozzi, rebadged as the No. 7 mount.

"I'm up for a new challenge. I'm not a superstitious man," said Pruett, referring to taking the wheel of the former No. 3 XKR. "A car is a car. Besides, this one carried Paul to the Trans-Am Tour championship in 2001 and victory lane at the Rolex 24 of Daytona in 2002."

Lack of familiarity with the circuit doesn't seem to faze Pruett. "I just really like street circuits," continued Pruett, who has seven wins in nine starts this season. "We've won on street courses like St. Petersburg and Denver this year, both of which were new to me.

"Things have gone well for us this year. You don't change the playbook coming into Miami when everything has been working so well. I've always had confidence in my team and Jaguar, and it's been well placed.

"All season long, we've focused on winning pole positions and winning races," explained Pruett, who raced here on the old circuit in 1994, finishing third. "Consistency and finishing up front are the ways to win a championship. If you do that, you don't have to think about points and the title hunt.

"If we keep doing the job the way we know how to do it, the championship will come our way," concluded Pruett.

The Motorock Miami 100 is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28. The race will air on a tape-delayed basis on Friday, Oct. 10 on SPEED Channel at 9 p.m.

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Series Trans-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Johnny Miller