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USCC Point Standings
2014 After Long Beach
Prototype Drivers
1 Joao Barbosa 98
1 Christian Fittipaldi 98
2 Scott Pruett 93
2 Memo Rojas 93
3 Jordan Taylor 91
3 Ricky Taylor 91
4 Olivier Pla 84
4 Gustavo Yacaman 84
5 Michael Valiante 78
5 Richard Westbrook 78
6 Ed Brown 77
6 Johannes van Overbeek 77
7 Ryan Dalziel 76
7 Scott Sharp 76
8 Sebastien Bourdais 67
9 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 66
9 John Pew 66
10 Boris Said 64
11 Marino Franchitti 60
12 Joel Miller 59
13 Max Angelelli 58
14 Alex Brundle 56
15 Brian Frisselle 55
15 Burt Frisselle 55
16 Simon Pagenaud 52
17 Mike Rockenfeller 51
18 David Brabham 50
18 Scott Dixon 50
18 Tony Kanaan 50
19 Sage Karam 47
20 Klaus Graf 46
20 Lucas Luhr 46
21 Tristan Nunez 44
22 Eric Curran 43
22 Justin Wilson 43
23 Byron DeFoor 41
23 David Hinton 41
23 Jim Pace 41
24 Tom Long 40
24 Sylvain Tremblay 40
25 Tristan Vautier 35
26 Gabby Chaves 33
26 Katherine Legge 33
26 Andy Meyrick 33
26 Wayne Taylor 33
27 Fabien Giroix 31
27 John Martin 31
28 Alex Popow 30
29 Roman Rusinov 26
29 Oliver Webb 26
30 Jon Fogarty 25
30 Anthony Lazzaro 25
31 Kyle Larson 24
32 Frank Beck 23
33 Max Papis 22
33 Bradley Smith 22
34 Ben Devlin 21
34 Jamie McMurray 21
35 AJ Allmendinger 20
35 Guy Cosmo 20
36 Jann Mardenborough 19
37 James Hinchcliffe 18
38 Alexander Rossi 16
38 Sebastian Saavedra 16
39 Brendon Hartley 15
39 E.J. Viso 15
40 Memo Gidley 14
40 Alex Gurney 14
41 Scott Mayer 2
42 Pierre Kaffer 1
42 Darren Law 1
Pruett and Rojas turning GRAND-AM into snoozefest

GRAND-AM
Saturday, June 19, 2010

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Winner Memo Rojas (L) and Scott Pruett
Racing in sizzling heat before a record GRAND-AM crowd at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it was fitting the hottest team in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 came home the winners. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to win Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank, giving them five victories in seven races to extend their Daytona Prototype point lead.

Rojas started from the pole in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley and led twice for 26 laps in the early going, while Pruett paced the final 38 of 107 circuits in the two-hour, 45-minute race. The Chip Ganassi Racing duo also increased their lead in the Daytona Prototype championship to 32 points with five races remaining.

Differing pit strategies saw Pruett back in seventh early in his shift.

Scott Pruett
"Because of the different and interesting strategies everybody was running, we fell back and I had to work my way through traffic," Pruett said. "I worked everything on the car really hard. I took some crazy lines doing some off-the-cuff things, and it worked. It got us to the front. But with about 10 laps to go I was hanging on by a thread. The heat today was brutal, but we knew that coming into this race. The heat inside the car was incredible."

Ozz Negri and John Pew were second in the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford/Riley, 2.991 seconds behind, holding off third-place finishers Mark Wilkins and Burt Frisselle in the No. 61 AIM Autosport Ford/Riley at the finish.

"It was hot, but we live with it," Negri said. "We live in Miami and John and I train every day in muggy weather."

Wilkins worked his way to the podium during the closing laps, catching Michael Valiante with two laps remaining to spoil a Cinderella story for Michael Shank Racing. Valiante and Brian Frisselle finished fourth in the No. 6 Pit Stop at Norris Lake Ford/Dallara in the first race in that car after the Columbus-based team's Riley was destroyed in a fire at Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Wilkins and Burt Frisselle leapfrogged from fourth to second in the championship (225-193), while Ryan Dalziel fell to third with 190 points after finishing 13th in the No. 8 Corsa Car Care BMW/Riley.

Starworks had both of its cars take turns in the lead. Mike Forest led eight circuits in the No. 8 entry, while Nelson Philippe paced 18 laps midway through the race in the No. 7 FlexBox BMW/Riley started by Bill Lester. Buddy Rice led three laps in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Porsche/Coyote, while Valiante paced 14 circuits in the No. 6 Ford/Dallara.

Rice finished fifth co-driving with Antonio Garcia, one race after they gave the team its first podium finish in the Daytona Prototype ranks at Watkins Glen.

Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen combined to give the BMW M6 its first victory in the production-based GT class, driving the No. 94 entry for Turner Motorsport after missing the Watkins Glen event due to a practice crash. It marked the first time in Rolex Series history that BMW won both classes in the same event and first time a BMW won in GT since 2005.

Hand followed Pruett to get past John Edwards to take the GT lead, and then paced the final 17 circuits. Edwards finished second - .908 seconds behind - in the No. 68 MazdaSpeed Motorsports Development Mazda RX-8. GT polesitter Jordan Taylor and Jade Buford took third in the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8.

Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal placed fourth in the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8 to extend their lead in the GT championship to 10 points over SpeedSource teammate Sylvain Tremblay (204-194). Tremblay and co-driver Jonathan Bomarito entered the event one point out of the lead, but the No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 finished 12th when the Corvette of Eric Lux spun into the path of Tremblay 30 minutes into the event after contact with Auberlen.

Both Paul Edwards and Scott Russell took turns in the lead driving the No. 07 Mobil 1/Airjax.com Corvette, although a green-flag stop for fuel late in the race resulted in a seventh-place finish after the pair led for 32 laps.

The race was slowed six times with 24 laps under caution, primarily for cars stranded in gravel traps. Pruett and Rojas averaged 87.433 mph.

Mid-Ohio event director Mary Wier was pleased with the spectator turnout.

"The crowd for our opening race was everything we could ask for and more," Wier said. "The grandstands and viewing mounds were packed throughout the day and pit lane was full during both grid walks. It was even tough to see the grass in the infield with the amount of vehicles that showed up for our car corrals. The competition on the track and fan activities throughout the facility really helped bring fans through the gates."

The next Rolex Series race will be the Brumos Porsche 250 on July 3 at Daytona International Speedway.

Results

Pos

Num Cls CPos Drivers Team Car Laps Behind
1. 01 DP 1 S.Pruett, M.Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing w/F.Sabates BMW Riley 107 0.000
2. 60 DP 2 O.Negri Jr, J.Pew Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 107 2.991
3. 61 DP 3 Bu.Frisselle, M.Wilkins AIM Autosport Ford Riley 107 3.145
4. 6 DP 4 Br.Frisselle, M.Valiante Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 107 4.604
5. 90 DP 5 A.Garcia, B.Rice Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 107 12.299
6. 99 DP 6 J.Fogarty, A.Gurney Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley 107 14.717
7. 77 DP 7 M.Gidley, D.von Moltke Doran Racing Ford Dallara 107 17.616
8. 59 DP 8 D.Donohue, D.Law Brumos Racing Porsche Riley 107 17.830
9. 10 DP 9 M.Angelelli, R.Taylor SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara 107 1:19.783
10. 9 DP 10 T.Borcheller, J.Barbosa, JC.France Action Express Racing Porsche Riley 106 1 Lap
11. 7 DP 11 B.Lester, N.Philippe Starworks Motorsport BMW Riley 105 2 Laps
12. 94 GT 1 B.Auberlen, P.Dalla Lana, J.Hand Turner Motorsport BMW M6 104 3 Laps
13. 68 GT 2 A.Christodoulou, J.Edwards SpeedSource/Newman Wachs Racing Mazda RX-8 104 3 Laps
14. 30 GT 3 T.Lamb, J.Taylor, J.Buford Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 104 3 Laps
15. 69 GT 4 E.Assentato, J.Segal SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 104 3 Laps
16. 57 GT 5 A.Davis, R.Liddell Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R 104 3 Laps
17. 40 GT 6 C.Espenlaub, J.Foster Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 104 3 Laps
18. 07 GT 7 P.Edwards, S.Russell Banner Racing Corvette 104 3 Laps
19. 42 GT 8 Wi.Nonnamaker, A.Lally Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 104 3 Laps
20. 97 GT 9 R.Bremer, G.Schaldach Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R 103 4 Laps
21. 41 GT 10 J.Gue, L.Keen Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 102 5 Laps
22. 43 GT 11 J.Nonnamaker, Wa.Nonnamaker Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 100 7 Laps
23. 75 DP 12 N.Jonsson, T.Krohn Krohn Racing Ford Lola 98 9 Laps
24. 8 DP 13 R.Dalziel, M.Forest Starworks Motorsport BMW Riley 56 51 Laps
25. 70 GT 12 J.Bomarito, S.Tremblay SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 21 86 Laps
26. 28 GT 13 K.Collins, E.Lux, L.Gigliotti LG Motorsports Corvette 21 86 Laps
27. 44 GT 14 J.Potter, C.Stanton Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 12 95 Laps
28. 31 GT 15 E.Curran, S.Whelen Marsh Racing Corvette 1 106 Laps

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