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Pruett and Rojas win 6th straight Grand-Am race

At Barber Motorsports Park
Saturday, April 09, 2011

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Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas win 6th straight

Ganassi drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have won their 6th straight Grand-Am Rolex race today at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama.  Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were 2nd in their Chevy Riley almost 1/2 minute behind. 

Ryan Dalziel was third in his Ford Riley. 

Bill Auberlen was first in the GT class driving a BMW M3.

GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, combined some good tire management strategy, great racing on the track and excellent pit stops with some last-lap good luck and heads-up driving to score the team’s first top-three podium finish of the season Saturday with a second-place finish in the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.  Full coverage of the race can be seen Sunday, April 10, on SPEED at Noon ET/9 a.m. PT.

After closing on leader and eventual race winner Scott Pruett, who co-drove with Memo Rojas, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley in the final half of the race, Gurney took the white flag in second place only to realize something was suddenly wrong with the No. 99.  What he thought might have been a tire going down turned out to be a broken right rear roll bar blade that severely slowed the GAINSCO machine.  Gurney kept his head in the game and his foot on the pedal, however, and did a great job bringing the stricken GAINSCO “Red Dragon” across the finish line ahead of the closing third-place car.

“We broke the right rear roll-bar blade, so the car was wobbling all over the place, and they told me I had 20 seconds back to third place,” Gurney said. “We were worried that I would make it around, because I was going really slow, but it ended up a good result with second place.  Obviously we didn’t close on Scott and Memo, but a step in the right direction.”

Next up Grand-Am is the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway, May 13 – 14, and the race can be seen in same-day “virtual live” coverage on Saturday, May 14, at 5 p.m. ET/2 p.m. PT.

Results

Pos No. CL PIC Driver Team Car Laps Behind Gap

1

01 DP 1 Scott Pruett Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW / Riley 104 0.000 0.000
2 99 DP 2 Alex Gurney GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet / Riley 104 28.954 28.954
3 8 DP 3 Ryan Dalziel Starworks Motorsport Ford / Riley 104 37.343 8.389
4 61 DP 4 Burt Frisselle AIM Autosport BMW / Riley 104 40.739 3.396
5 5 DP 5 Darren Law Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley 104 57.484 16.745
6 60 DP 6 Oswaldo Negri Jr Michael Shank Racing Ford / Riley 104 59.527 2.043
7 9 DP 7 Joao Barbosa Action Express Racing Porsche / Riley 104 1:31.600 32.073
8 2 DP 8 Alex Popow Starworks Motorsport Ford / Riley 103 1 LAP 1 LAP
9 90 DP 9 Paul Edwards Spirit of Daytona Racing Chevrolet / Coyote 103 1 LAP 12.836
10 77 DP 10 Brian Frisselle Doran Racing Ford / Dallara 103 1 LAP 48.023
11 94 GT 1 Bill Auberlen Turner Motorsport BMW M3 100 4 LAPS 3 LAPS
12 07 GT 2 Oliver Gavin Banner Racing Camaro GT.R 100 4 LAPS 2.514
13 70 GT 3 Jonathan Bomarito SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 99 5 LAPS 1 LAP
14 69 GT 4 Jeff Segal SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 99 5 LAPS 4.259
15 44 GT 5 Craig Stanton Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 99 5 LAPS 1.752
16 41 GT 6 Dane Cameron Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 99 5 LAPS 4.421
17 88 GT 7 Jordan Taylor Autohaus Motorsports Camaro GT.R 99 5 LAPS 6.046
18 40 GT 8 Charles Espenlaub Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 99 5 LAPS 9.084
19 57 GT 9 Robin Liddell Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R 98 6 LAPS 1 LAP
20 59 GT 10 Leh Keen Brumos Racing Porsche GT3 98 6 LAPS 34.530
21 42 GT 11 Memo Gidley Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 98 6 LAPS 22.862
22 67 GT 12 Steven Bertheau TRG Porsche GT3 94 10 LAPS 4 LAPS
23 10 DP 11 Max Angelelli SunTrust Racing Chevrolet / Dallara 94 10 LAPS 55.665
24 30 GT 13 Eric Lux Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 76 28 LAPS 18 LAPS
25 31 GT 14 Said/ Curran Marsh Racing Corvette 64 40 LAPS 12 LAPS
26 43 GT 15 Joe Nonnamaker Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 22 82 LAPS 42 LAPS
27 49 GT 16 Will Nonnamaker Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8 7 97 LAPS 15 LAPS

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