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Prototype Drivers
Pos Drivers Total
1 Jordan Taylor 226
1 Ricky Taylor 226
2 Christian Fittipaldi 207
2 Joao Barbosa 207
3 Misha Goikhberg 200
3 Stephen Simpson 200
4 Dane Cameron 199
4 Eric Curran 199
5 Ryan Dalziel 183
5 Scott Sharp 183
6 Tristan Nunez 181
6 Jonathan Bomarito 181
7 Tom Long 168
7 Joel Miller 168
8 Johannes Van Overbeek 162
9 Renger Van Der Zande 148
9 Marc Goossens 148
10 Ed Brown 117

1 Patricio O'ward 216
1 James French 216
2 Don Yount 182
3 Buddy Rice 120
4 Kyle Masson 108
5 Gustavo Yacaman 89
6 Nicholas Boulle 68
7 Garett Grist 62
8 Ryan Lewis 62
9 Sean Rayhall 60
10 Daniel Burkett 60

1 Jan Magnussen 182
1 Antonio Garcia 182
2 Alexander Sims 179
2 Bill Auberlen 179
3 Joey Hand 172
3 Dirk Mueller 172
4 Richard Westbrook 169
4 Ryan Briscoe 169
5 Dirk Werner 159
5 Patrick Pilet 159
6 Oliver Gavin 151
6 Tommy Milner 151
7 John Edwards 151
7 Martin Tomczyk 151
8 Laurens Vanthoor 151
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 104
9 Toni Vilander 104
10 Kevin Estre 78

1 Christina Nielsen 203
1 Alessandro Balzan 203
2 Jeroen Bleekemolen 195
2 Ben Keating 195
3 Andy Lally 179
3 Katherine Legge 179
4 Jens Klingmann 168
5 Lawson Aschenbach 166
5 Andrew Davis 166
6 Madison Snow 165
6 Bryan Sellers 165
7 Daniel Morad 162
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 152
8 Jeff Segal 152
9 Patrick Lindsey 150
10 Cooper Macneil 147

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1 #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac 226
2 #5 Mustang Sampling Racing 207
3 #85 Jdc-Miller Motorsports 200
4 #31 Whelen Engineering 199
5 #2 Tequila Patron Esm 183

1 #38 Performance Tech 216
2 #26 Bar1 Motorsports 185
3 #20 Bar1 Motorsports 182
4 #8 Starworks Motorsports 58
5 #88 Starworks Motorsport 28

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2 #25 BMW Team Rll 179
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4 #67 Ford Chip Ganassi 169
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6 #4 Corvette Racing 151
7 #24 BMW Team Rll 151
8 #912 Porsche Gt Team 151
9 #62 Risi Competizione 104
10 #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Uk 50

1 #63 Scuderia Corsa 203
2 #33 Riley Motorsports - AMG 195
3 #93 M. Shank W/ Curb-Aga 179
4 #96 Turner Motorsport 168
5 #57 Stevenson Motorsports 166
Pruett Makes Last Lap Pass to Win at Daytona

Friday, July 4, 2008


Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett celebrate closest win in series history
Scott Pruett won the closest finish in Grand-Am Rolex Series history Thursday night at Daytona by 0.081-second with a pass of  Alex Gurney coming out of the final turn.  The move to win the race was made on the high side of the No.99 car and gave the No.01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) team its fifth visit to victory lane through the first eight races of the 2008 season.

It was the fifth - and most dramatic - victory of 2008 for Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley. The winners of the 2008 season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, Pruett and Rojas extended their Daytona Prototype championship lead to 40 points after their seventh podium finish of the season.

"That Pruett's the man," Chip Ganassi said. "This track rewards great drivers, and it did that tonight. Winning felt good here in Daytona (when Ganassi won his third consecutive Rolex 24), but it felt even better tonight."

The final margin of victory was .081 seconds, bettering the mark Pruett and Luis Diaz set in 2005 at California Speedway when they edged Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli by .096 seconds.

"I had just enough to get by Alex at the start/finish line," said Pruett, who extended his Rolex Series record to 19 victories. "I've got to give it to Grand-Am for putting on a great show."

Gurney and Fogarty were aiming for their second consecutive triumph in the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. Gurney passed Pruett for the lead with 22 laps remaining, and led through the final 100 yards of the race.

The 70-lap, 250-mile race ended with a one-lap sprint to the finish following the fifth and final caution when Jeff Segal flipped the second-place No. 69 SpeedSource FXDD Mazda RX-8 after an altercation with a Daytona Prototype. Segal's SpeedSource teammates Nick Ham and Sylvain Tremblay went on to win their third consecutive race at Daytona.

Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson matched their best showing of the season by finishing third in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola. Fourth came down by a side-by-side battle between Brumos Racing teammates, with Joao Barbosa passing and holding off Darren Law. It marked the best finish of the season for the No. 59 Porsche Riley of Barbosa and JC France, while Law and David Donohue recorded the fourth consecutive top-five finish in the No. 58 Porsche Riley.

The No. 61 AIM Autosport Lexus Riley of pole winner Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle led 16 laps. Frisselle was running third with 16 laps remaining when the car retired with a broken half-shaft. Ryan Dalziel moved up to third in the closing laps in the No. 2 SAMAX Pontiac Riley started by Henri Zogaib, but also retired with a broken half-shaft with six laps remaining.

SpeedSource's Ham, Tremblay win third straight GT race at Daytona

Tremblay bested Bryce Miller by 1.83 seconds to win the Rolex Series GT portion of the Brumos Porsche 250. Tremblay and Ham - who won the pole earlier Thursday - led 37 laps to score their first victory in the No. 70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 since the Rolex 24 At Daytona, and third consecutive triumph from the pole at Daytona.

Miller passed Robin Liddell at the line for his and co-driver Dirk Werner's best finish of the season in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3. It marked the sixth podium finish in seven races for Liddell and Andrew Davis in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R.

Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins finished fourth in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R. They maintained their lead in the GT championship standings, with Ham and Tremblay 24 points behind and Liddell and Davis 30 points back.

Ross Smith, driving the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 started by Craig Stone, was involved in an incident with seven laps remaining when he spun after contact with Dalziel. Smith's car was then struck head-on by the No. 97 Stevenson Motorsports Corvette of Jeff Bucknum, who co-drove with James Gue.

Both Smith and Segal were taken to the infield care center, where they were evaluated and released. Smith bruised his knee in the incident.

Four cautions for 16 laps slowed the race's average speed to 102.690 mph.

The Rolex Series returns to action July 19 for the Porsche 250 Presented By Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala.


- The victory is the season-leading fifth Daytona Prototype victory of the season for Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley. This is also the fifth victory for the Lexus Riley.
- The victory was Pruett's 19th career Rolex Series victory and Ganassi's 20th as a team owner. Both are Rolex Series records.
- Pruett has also won the Rolex Series' second- and third-closest races in history. The previous record was 0.096 seconds, in which Pruett and Luis Diaz beat Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli in the 2005 race at California Speedway.
- Pruett and Rojas also won the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
- Riley Chassis has won all Daytona Prototype races this season and 18 dating back to last year's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. The manufacturer also took four of the top five positions.
- The victory marks the fifth this season for the Lexus power plant.
- The second-place finish was Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty's second of the season. The other runner-up finish also came at Daytona.
- Ricardo Zonta and Nic Jonsson recorded their best finish of the season in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola with a third-place result. Their previous best, a fourth-place finish, also came at Daytona in January's Rolex 24 At Daytona.
- JC France and Joao Barbosa gave Brumos Racing its third top five of the race with a fourth-place finish in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley, the duo's best finish of the season.
- Darren Law and David Donohue scored their third straight top-five finish in the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley with a fifth-place finish.
- Six drivers in five Daytona Prototypes led laps in the race: Alex Gurney (25), Mark Wilkins (16), Jon Fogarty (12), Scott Pruett (9), Michael Valiante (7), Shane Lewis (1).
- Eleven Daytona Prototypes finished all 70 laps of the race.
- Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson finished 13th, as the pair encountered trouble with less than 10 laps remaining. Running third, the car suffered a flat tire while making contact with the No. 06 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R.
- The No. 2 SAMAX BMW Riley of Ryan Dalziel and Henri Zogaib started 19th, and ran as high as fourth before making contact with the No. 30 Mazda RX-8 of Ross Smith. Dalziel's car suffered a broken axle in the process, and the No. 30 - which spun after contact with Dalziel - was subsequently hit by the No. 97 Corvette of Jeff Bucknum. Dalziel and Zogaib finished 17th in Daytona Prototypes.
- Michael Valiante and Max Angelelli's bad luck continued when the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara's wheels locked up while leading on Lap 27. Valiante slid off the track in Turn 1 and limped around the track with a flat tire, the car falling off the lead lap and dropping out of the top 15. The car - which had developed a vibration early in the race and also spun on Lap 59 in the Bus Stop turn - finished 20th in Daytona Prototypes.
- Marc Goossens and Jim Matthews suffered a severe blow to their championship hopes with a 15th-place finish in the No. 91 Bob Stallings/Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley. Matthews ran in the top five for several laps before running into the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R, forcing the No. 91 into the pits for bodywork repairs.


Scott Pruett (No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley):  "This is pretty big for us because we've never won this specific race in Daytona. Memo did a great job and the crew did a great job. Lexus gave us a good engine package and we got the most out of it. I really didn't think we'd see green after that crash - and it was a horrific crash. I really have to applaud Grand-Am because we, as a group I think, owe it to the fans to see it finish under green. Every restart, that's the only move I had. The No. 99 was certainly quicker in the infield.  After about 2 or 3 laps, my rear tires just wouldn't hold on. I pulled a Hail Mary through the bus stop and tried to carry a lot of speed to get them before the start/finish line."

Memo Rojas (No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley): "My part of the race was very boring until the end. It was really just staying out of trouble. Very early, teams took different strategies but we were all in different sequences. So I was basically running by myself. The 99 had the lead in front of me, so I knew it was going to be keeping a good pace and staying out of trouble was important as I handed the car to Scott. Congratulations to Scott, because he did awesome job."

Jon Fogarty (No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley): "It was a little spooky at the beginning with light rain. The first couple of laps with people were being tentative. I had a pretty uneventful run for the most part. After things shook out through the first corner I was able to maintain that position until the two guys in front pitted and I was able to clear a few laps myself. When I handed it over to Alex, it was looking pretty good."

Alex Gurney (No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley): "I could see that if I didn't have a certain gap, that he would be able to close up really close or go by.  On the last restart I was trying to get as good gap as I could. All those restart are really difficult. Every time you are out there it's tricky to find grip. I knew as soon as I turned back onto the oval that I probably didn't have enough gap.  It's definitely a heartbreaker. I know that it's an exciting race for everybody but I can tell you from my seat it's very painful. It's a great Grand-Am race for sure and congratulations to Scott and Memo. I just didn't have enough today, I guess."

Nic Jonsson (No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac): "The car was much better to race. The crew did a fantastic job. I'm very delighted to get back on the podium. I think there is more to come, especially with our strategy and staying out of trouble. I'm proud to be racing with Ricardo. Everyone did an awesome job on our team. I'm very pleased."

Ricardo Zonta (No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac): "I enjoyed it a lot, especially when we stopped for last pit stop. I knew I would have to fight a lot. I think everything went so well during the race. Practice and qualifying was very difficult with all the small problems we had with the car. I had a lot of fun with the race. I think we have to work hard, but everything has to be in the right place at the right moment. I think we are getting better."

Nick Ham (No. 70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8): "I kinda like this track. It was an all-around great team effort. We had kind of a NASCAR strategy with a quick splash of fuel and maintain tires. With the full course yellow, we lost that advantage. It was tragic what happen to Jeff. But we're very happy."

Sylvain Tremblay (70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8): "We had to be cautious, but today was pretty special with three in a row. We are really fortunate and really proud to be a part of this Mazda team. What Nick and I do is just a small part of the whole thing. Being a part of the series is really special."

Robin Liddell (No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R): "We weren't very confident about getting a superb result tonight, and finishing on the podium is a bonus for us. We're not our strongest on this circuit, so coming out of here with a third place is really a big result. The most important thing for us is putting some pressure on the No. 07 Pontiac car, the point leaders. So this is good for us and I'm really happy."

Andrew Davis (No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R): "Two victories and six podiums in seven races is a momentum we'd like to continue for the season. It's great and we'll keep trying to catch up to the top for points. It was a matter of keeping your nose clean tonight. We're proud of the Stevenson Motorsports Team."

Dirk Werner (No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT 3): "We wanted to hop on the train in terms of success like the No. 86 car from last race. I tried to just stay up front. Mazda's big advantage was not having to change tires. I'm really proud of the whole team. It was a big effort to stay motivated at this point in the season when you only see bad results all the time."

Bryce Miller (No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT 3): "It's nice to have the experience to close a race. Farnbacher Loles did a great job giving us a good car today. I thought Robin had me there in the bus stop, but I was really pleased to see these results. Since Dirk and I have been apart, we've had a bit of a dry spell. It's very special to share this."



Num Class CPos Drivers Team Car Laps Time
2. 01 DP 1 S.Pruett, M.Rojas Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley 70 1:43.009
3. 99 DP 2 J.Fogarty, A.Gurney Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley 70 1:42.726
4. 76 DP 3 N.Jonsson, R.Zonta Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola 70 1:43.564
5. 59 DP 4 J.Barbosa, JC.France Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 70 1:43.522
6. 58 DP 5 D.Donohue, D.Law Brumos Porsche Porsche Riley 70 1:43.473
7. 77 DP 6 M.Gidley, B.Jaeger Doran Racing Ford Dallara 70 1:43.519
8. 7 DP 7 M.Plumb, G.Sigal Sigalsport Rum Bum Racing BMW Riley 70 1:43.793
9. 23 DP 8 B.Auberlen, J.Hand Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford 70 1:44.139
10. 16 DP 9 A.Gracia, T.Kimber-Smith Cheever Racing Pontiac Coyote 70 1:44.929
11. 09 DP 10 M-A.Camirand, G.Cosmo Spirit of Daytona Racing Porsche Coyote 70 1:44.309
12. 47 DP 11 Bu.Frisselle R.Taylor Doran Racing Ford Dallara 70 1:43.876
13. 3 DP 12 B.Lester, S.Lewis Southard Motorsports Lexus Riley 70 1:44.445
14. 60 DP 13 O.Negri, M.Patterson Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 69 1:43.606
15. 75 DP 14 T.Krohn, E.van de Poele Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola 68 1:45.363
16. 70 GT 1 N.Ham, S.Tremblay SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 67 1:51.469
17. 87 GT 2 B.Miller, D.Werner Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 67 1:51.528
18. 57 GT 3 A.Davis, R.Liddell Stevenson Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 67 1:53.286
19. 07 GT 4 K.Collins, P.Edwards Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 67 1:53.068
20. 66 GT 5 T.Ballou, A.Lally TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 66 1:52.708
21. 72 GT 6 T.Borcheller, T.Lewis Autohaus Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R 66 1:53.660
22. 21 GT 7 D.Alessi, M.Connolly Matt Connolly Motorsports Pontiac GTO.R 66 1:52.552
23. 65 GT 8 H.Maher, C.Stanton TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 66 1:52.936
24. 67 GT 9 T.George, S.Pumpelly TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 66 1:53.643
25. 06 GT 10 M.Bunting, L.Reese, L.Aschenbach Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R 66 1:54.254
26. 40 GT 11 P.Dempsey, J.Foster Hyper Sport Mazda RX-8 66 1:53.285
27. 19 DP 15 J.Beyer, J.Taylor Beyer Racing Ford Crawford 66 1:45.583
28. 14 GT 12 C.Friedman, M.McGehee Autometrics Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 66 1:55.328
29. 74 GT 13 J.Safina, D.Skea, B.Patch Safina/Mitchum Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 65 1:55.549
30. 34 GT 14 L.Willsey, M.Riolo Orbit Porsche GT3 Cup 65 1:55.746
31. 91 DP 16 M.Goossens, J.Matthews Bob Stallings/Riley-Matthews Pontiac Riley 64 1:43.422
32. 33 GT 15 L.Bowman, B.Said Orbit Porsche GT3 Cup 64 1:53.762
33. 26 GT 16 Je.Jacalone, Jo.Jacalone Gotham Competition Porsche GT3 Cup 63 1:57.762
34. 2 DP 17 R.Dalziel, H.Zogaib SAMAX BMW Riley 62 1:42.827
35. 69 GT 17 E.Assentato, J.Segal, D.Haskell SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 62 1:51.466
36. 61 DP 18 Br.Frisselle, M.Wilkins AIM Autosport Ford Riley 61 1:42.499
37. 6 DP 19 I.James, J.Pew Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley 60 1:43.478
38. 97 GT 18 J.Gue, J.Stevenson, J.Bucknum Stevenson Motorsports Corvette 59 1:52.725
39. 10 DP 20 M.Angelelli, M.Valiante SunTrust Racing Pontiac Dallara 57 1:43.032
40. 30 GT 19 C.Stone, R.Smith Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 57 1:52.400
41. 86 GT 20 L.Keen, E.Lux Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup 57 1:52.210
42. 68 GT 21 B.Sellers, RJ.Valentine TRG Porsche GT3 Cup 44 1:53.463
43. 15 GT 22 J-F.Dumoulin, T.Nastasi Blackforest Motorsports Mustang Cobra GT 36 1:53.073
44. 63 GT 23 J.Lowe, J.Pace JLowe Racing Porsche GT3 Cup 21 1:55.480

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