Chip Ganassi Racing seems to be leading the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with two wins in a row in its kitty
Online PR News – 19-April-2010 – – GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype championship’s Porsche 250 held on Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park saw the team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas register an impressive victory over their rivals. The event took place before a crowd of about 25,000 people. The No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley got its second victory in a row when Scott Pruett charged at the checkered flag about 6.870 seconds earlier than Ozz Negri.
Trevor Montgomery who was the regular tire changer of the team Ganassi had to sit out following a twisted knee just before the beginning of the race. This gave way to Blair Julian who generally changes tires for Ganassi’s IndyCar series team. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished a total of 108 laps covering about 2.3 miles which incorporated 17 turn circuit in the time period of about 2 hours and 45 minutes. For the Ganassi team the race remained a smooth affair with no major incidents apart from the fact that the race saw a slow phase thrice during the first 12 laps of the race due to caution. Speaking about the race Scott Pruett considered the team mighty lucky for having gotten the opportunity of racing in the same weekend when the IndyCar Series was hitting the course. He gave the credit of bagging the chance to IRL team which helped them jump up in the event.He also remarked about the fun quotient involved in the race for the fans who come from far and wide to witness the event.
While Negri registered a second position victory driving in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Crown Royal XR Ford Riley, Ryan Dalziel who was a part of the winning group in the Rolex 24 At Daytona had to settle for a third position together with Mike Forest driving in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport BMW Riley. The first six laps of the race were dominated by Mike Forest; however, he could not maintain his pace throughout the race.
Dion von Moltke and Memo Gidley registered a fourth position win in the race driving in the No. 77 Doran Racing McDonald's Ford Dallara. The team was followed up by Darren Law and David Donohue who were racing in the No. 59 Brumos Racing Porsche Riley.
With this, SpeedSource completed its third victory in a row in the Rolex Series GT Class.
The actor turned racer Patrick Dempsey also maintained his presence at the racing event and justified his passion for racing with his stint in the No. 40 Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8, leaving behind Joe Foster. Speaking about the event Patrick Dempsey recalled how his team got caught up with the arrival of the yellow Mazda which put the team behind by one lap. However, the fact that he was able to keep up with the time and other leaders in the race made him feel happy about the performance. Patrick Dempsey went on to make a remark about the huge crowd that Grand Am had been able to pull at the weekend. The round four- the Bosch Engineering 250 of the Rolex Series will be held at the Virginia International Raceway, Danville on April 24.
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