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1 Christian Fittipaldi 220
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11 Luis Felipe Derani 95
12 Ryan Hunter-Reay 84
13 Max Angelelli 82
14 Olivier Pla 77
15 Spencer Pigot 72
15 Ed Brown 72
16 Ben Devlin 70
17 Andy Meyrick 67
18 Scott Pruett 62
19 Filipe Albuquerque 61
20 Rubens Barrichello 53

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2 #31 Action Express Racing 216
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5 Ford 30
Lester Makes History With Rolex Series GT Victory

And Ganassi's 6-race win streak ended in DP
Sunday, May 15, 2011

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Barbosa battles Pruett
It was a history-making day at Virginia International Raceway. Bill Lester took the GT victory in the Bosch Engineering 250 to become the first African-American to win a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event, while Joao Barbosa beat Scott Pruett to the checkered flag by 0.270 seconds to end TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing's record six-race winning streak.

Fittingly, Lester's victory came in Danville, Va., the hometown of racing pioneer Wendell Scott - the first African-American to win at NASCAR's highest level. Lester was joined by Jordan Taylor in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro. It was Lester's third career podium finish in 39 races.

Barbosa took the lead in the No. 9 Action Express Riley Porsche/Riley also driven by JC France and Terry Borcheller with 50 minutes remaining, and led the final 22 laps to score his first victory since the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona.

In addition to the $25,000 "Bounty" posted by GRAND-AM for the team that stopped the Ganassi team's winning streak, Action Express also pocketed an $18,750 Continental Tire Horsepower bonus in addition to the winner's share of the purse for an $83,750 payday.

Pruett didn't give up without a fight, though, closing up to Barbosa's rear wing on the final lap of the competitive race. It marked only the third time in 15 races since the 2010 Rolex 24 that Pruett and Memo Rojas failed to win in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley.

Darren Law passed Max Angelelli with two laps remaining to give put the No. 5 Action Express Porsche/Riley in third, giving the team two cars on the podium.

The skies opened up moments before the start of the two-hour, 45-minute race, causing most of the opening hour to be run behind the pace car. By the time the checkered flag waved, the sun was shining over the 3.27-mile circuit.

GT winners Bill Lester (L) and Jordan Taylor
The GT race also came down to the wire. Four days after his 20th birthday, Jordan Taylor led twice for 29 laps for his first victory in 26 races. He held off a late charge by Oliver Gavin in the No. 07 The Cool TV Chevrolet Camaro. It marked the fourth second-place finish for co-driver Gunter Schaldach in the last six races dating back to 2010.

Bill Auberlen finished a strong third in the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 started by Paul Dalla Lana, ending their two-race winning streak.

DP contenders Antonio Garcia - driving the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet/Coyote started on the pole by Paul Edwards - and Alex Gurney in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/Riley got together in Turn 3 to bring out the fifth and final caution. Following the restart, Pruett pressured Barbosa throughout the final seven laps to the checkered flag.

The Surprises

Ø Bill Lester and Jordan Taylor entered the race ninth in the GT point standings. After scoring their first career victories, they moved up to third in the championship.
Ø One race after Antonio Garcia gave Spirit of Daytona Racing its first Daytona Prototype pole, Paul Edwards gave the No. 90 Chevrolet/Coyote its second straight pole. It was also his first career DP pole after setting fastest time six times in the GT division.
Ø Patrick Dempsey stayed out under caution during the final hour to take the overall lead in the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8. He later spun to bring out the second caution period, losing a lap. Co-owner and co-driver Joe Foster kept Dempsey in the car to give him addition experience en route to a 13th-place finish.
Ø JC France scored his third career Daytona Prototype victory - but first since Phoenix in 2003. France and Hurley Haywood were the first overall winners in DP history that year, scoring back-to-back victories at Homestead and Phoenix.
Ø After finishing no better than 10th in the opening three races of the season - and missing qualifying due to a practice accident - Henri Richard and Brian Frisselle placed fifth in the No. 77 Office Depot/Future Electronics Ford/Dallara.

The Numbers:

Ø 11 - Consecutive top-two finishes for Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas.
Ø 17 - Cars finishing on the lead lap.
Ø 53 - Length in minutes of the first caution period due to heavy rain and standing water throughout the 3.27-mile circuit.
Ø 110.234 mph - Joao Barbosa's fastest race lap, set five laps from the finish.

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