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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
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4 Gustavo Yacaman 84
5 Michael Valiante 78
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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
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28 Alex Popow 30
29 Roman Rusinov 26
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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, Rojas Thrive in the Heat in Birmingham

Grand-Am
Sunday, July 20, 2008

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Scott Pruett
Scott Pruett loves winning close finishes. One race after scoring the closest finish in the history of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, Pruett beat Darren Law to the stripe by .341 seconds to win the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant, the fourth-closest finish in the Daytona Prototype division.

As a result, Pruett and Memo Rojas won their sixth triumph of 2008 in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley, extending their lead in the Daytona Prototype championship to 60 points over Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, who retired the No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley with clutch problems.

Pruett prevailed on a hot and humid day, with 102-degree temperatures taking their toll on both participants and machinery.

"All the alarms were on today - the oil temp, water temp - and you just had to ignore it all," said Pruett, who extended his Rolex Series record to 20 career victories. "Everything was overheating, including the drivers. We just took it to the checkered flag. This is a big win for us as a team. We've only finished once on the podium at Barber since 2004."

Law and David Donohue scored their third runner-up finish in the last four races sharing the No. 58 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley. It was their fifth consecutive top-five finish.

"In the end, it was a three-lap run," Law said. "The motors were hot. I just couldn't make up any more ground than I did. It was close. It was a great run."

Pruett was the lone race leader to finish in the top 10. Six other cars led the event, but all of them finished outside of the top 10.

Ricardo Zonta started third in the No. 76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Lola. He led the opening 25 circuits before pitting. Nic Jonsson took over, but skidded off course in turn nine early in his run and lost three laps. He returned to finish 13th.

Guy Cosmo led a lap in the Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote and co-driver Marc-Antoine Camirand ran second later in the race, but the car lost power late in the race to bring out the final caution period.

Brad Jaeger led three laps in the No. 77 Kodak Doran Racing Ford Dallara, but co-driver Memo Gidley pulled off and retired when the car briefly caught fire. He escaped without injury.

The turn of events gave Joey Hand a sizeable lead in the No. 23 Ruby Tuesday Porsche Riley started by Bill Auberlen. Hand had a 45-second lead over Camirand and more than a minute over the third place car of Gurney, when the caution for Gidley's incident brought out the caution.

Gurney led Pruett on the restart. Gurney led a race-high 35 laps, but Brian Frisselle passed both Pruett and Gurney in the No. 61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley started by Mark Wilkins and took the lead on Lap 76. Frisselle led the next 15 circuits, but suddenly lost power with mechanical problems with 13 laps remaining.

"We thought we had it today, but it wasn't meant to be," said Wilkins, whose team has yet to score a podium finish. "We're not sure what it was, but it was an engine issue. We've been knocking on the door, and we know it's going to come our way eventually."

That left Pruett out front, followed by Gurney. However, the GAINSCO car suddenly fell back following the restart for Frisselle's problems, and Gurney retired with clutch problems.

"We had clutch problems from the start, but the cautions made it worse," Fogarty said. "Finally, it totally went away."

Law made a challenge in the closing laps, running side-by-side through Turn 6. Pruett maintained the lead, and then held off Law's final challenge on the three-lap sprint following the final caution for Cosmo's problem.

Ian James and John Pew finished third in the No. 6 Ford Riley, followed by Michael Shank Racing teammates Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson in the No. 60. Burt Frisselle and Ricky Taylor placed fifth in the No. 47 Doran Racing Ford Dallara, followed by the pole-winning No. 10 SunTrust Pontiac Dallara of Michael Valiante and Max Angelelli.

In GT, Nick Ham passed Robin Liddell eight laps from the checkered flag to score the third victory for the No. 70 SpeedSource Castrol Syntec/ Mazdaspeed Mazda RX-8 he shared with Sylvain Tremblay. Ham started from the pole and led 28 laps before turning the car over to Tremblay. Ham returned to the car for the sprint to the finish.

Liddell led a race-high 55 laps in the No. 57 Stevenson Racing Pontiac GXP.R started by Andrew Davis. He was passed for the lead following the penultimate restart, and then fell to fourth after the final caution to finish fourth.

Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner finished second for the second straight race in the No. 87 Farnbacher Loles Porsche GT3, gaining two positions in the closing laps. Andy Lally and Tim George Jr. finished third in the TRG Porsche GT3.

Kelly Collins led eight laps in the No. 07 Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R he shared with fellow three-time winner Paul Edwards. They finished sixth, allowing Tremblay and Ham to pull within 14 points of the GT lead.

The race was slowed by five cautions for 18 laps, with Pruett and Rojas averaging 85.694 mph.

The next race for the Grand-Am Rolex Series will be August 1 at Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

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