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2014 After Watkins Glen
Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Joao Barbosa 31
1 Christian Fittipaldi 31
2 Brian Frisselle 26
2 Burt Frisselle 26
3 Sage Karam 26
4 Max Angelelli 25
4 Jordan Taylor 25
4 Ricky Taylor 25
5 Scott Pruett 24
5 Memo Rojas 24
6 Sebastien Bourdais 23
7 Michael Valiante 22
7 Richard Westbrook 22
8 Scott Dixon 22
8 Tony Kanaan 22
9 Ryan Dalziel 21
9 Scott Sharp 21
10 Johannes van Overbeek 21
10 Ed Brown 21
11 Marino Franchitti 20
12 Alex Brundle 20
12 Gustavo Yacaman 20
13 Eric Curran 18
13 Boris Said 18
14 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 18
14 John Pew 18
15 Joel Miller 18
15 Tristan Vautier 18
16 Gabby Chaves 18
16 Katherine Legge 18
17 David Brabham 17
18 Simon Pagenaud 17
19 Wayne Taylor 15
20 Fabien Giroix 14
20 John Martin 14

1 Chevrolet 38
2 Ford 34
3 Nissan 28
4 Honda 26
5 Mazda 18
Pruett and Rojas turning GRAND-AM into snoozefest

Saturday, June 19, 2010


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/ 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.



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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