Pruett, Rojas Claim Miami GP
Chip Ganassi Racing’s driving tandem of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas survived an early race penalty and went on to win the Rolex Grand-Am Road Racing Series’ Grand Prix of Miami on Saturday.
Pruett in his BMW-powerd Riley passed Max Angelelli of the SunTrust Wayne Taylor Racing to take the lead with less than 10 minutes to go to take the lead for the final time on the Homestead-Miami Speedway infield road course.
“As always in the Grand-Am series, the final 20 minutes are the most critical ones,” said Angelelli, who finished second co-driving the SunTrust car with Jan Magnussen in 2007 after co-driving with Wayne Taylor to a 2005 Grand Prix of Miami victory en route to that year’s Rolex Series championship. “Today, that happened again. I think the 01 (Pruett) really tried to make me believe I could actually win the race. When he decided he wanted to go for it, he just overtook me like I was in second gear. We managed the tires and it was all about managing the tires this race. I thought that I timed everything well, but actually I ran short and ran out of tires too early, about six or seven laps too early. Overall, though, I’m very happy with our result.”
The No. 01 car of the Ganassi team is the defending series champion.
Darren Law finished second in the Action Express Porsche after he too got past Angelelli’s Chevrolet Dallara, whose car was running on old rubber.
Bill Auberlen got the GT class victory in a BMW M3.
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