Scott Pruett up for Trois-RiviÃˆRes challenge TROIS-RIVIÃˆRES, Quebec - Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrichÂ® Tires Cup, will face his biggest challenge this season on Saturday,...
Scott Pruett up for Trois-RiviÈRes challenge
TROIS-RIVIÈRES, Quebec - Scott Pruett, driver of the No. 7 Jaguar R Performance XKR in the Trans-Am Series for the BFGoodrich® Tires Cup, will face his biggest challenge this season on Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières. The two-time champion and current points leader comes into the event boasting just one start here, in 1994 when he finished 10th, and will mark his first start this season at a track where he has yet to record a victory.
However, Pruett is not put off by his lack of experience at Trois-Rivières. Instead, like a true champion, and with his typical quiet confidence, the veteran road racer is prepared for whatever awaits him at North America's oldest temporary street course.
"I just don't remember the place and I don't know what I'll be looking for out of the car," said Pruett, who has earned four victories, five podium finishes and five poles this season. "However, I'm looking forward to it, because it's going to be a challenge."
Pruett's confidence in large part stems from his Rocketsports team. Pruett joined the Rocketsports stable at the beginning of this season after an eight-year hiatus from the Trans-Am Series, during which he competed in the Champ Car World Series and the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
"I think between myself and my Rocketsports team, that we've really hit it," said Pruett, who is seeking his third title, after winning the Drivers' Championship in 1987 and 1994. "We're starting to click right now. We started some good momentum at Infineon Raceway, carried that into Cleveland, and there's no reason why we won't do the same coming into Trois-Rivières.
"I've been able to learn the new tire, and we've jelled as a team," added Pruett, who is coming off his most recent win at Cleveland. "Even though we had some success early this season, it takes time to perform as a cohesive group. I think during the last three races, we've begun to work better together as a team. You just get that feeling; that confidence that everybody is on their game."
Pruett has no doubt in his and his team's ability to win the championship. "Typically you lose championships by looking into your rearview mirror," said Pruett. "We're so focused on going forward that we're not paying attention to what is behind us. While we know the championship is out there, we're still focusing on winning each race."
The Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Round 7 of the 2003 Trans-Am Series championship, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2 and will air live on SPEED Channel.