Pruett/Rojas Win Grand-Am Race at Road America
The No. 01 Daytona Prototype of Chip Ganassi Racing returned to winning ways Saturday when it won the Rolex Sports Car Series 250 driven by Visitflorida.com at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
With Scott Purett at the wheel of the BMW Riley, the Ganassi car took the lead when the polesitting team of SunTrust Racing pitted for the final time.
Finishing second was the GAINSCO/Bob Stalling Chevrolet Riley driven by Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty.
Third was SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara of Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli.
Winning the GT portion of the race was the Marsh Racing Corvette of Eric Curran and John Heinricy. Curren began the final lap in third position but got the lead when the two cars ahead of him ran out of fuel on the track.
Much of the two-hour timed race was run under caution after the GT car of Gunter Schaldach lost its brakes heading into Turn 1, made contact with the Mazda of Joe Foster, blew through the sand trap, hit the tire barrier and then flipped completely over the crash fencing.
Schaldach’s Banner Racing Camaro rolled down the hill on the outside of the track and into a ravine.
Schaldach climbed from the car unhurt.
Foster also hit the tire barrier at high speed. He had to be cut out of his car and was transported to a hospital with undisclosed injuries.
The Ganassi car of Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas was the 2010 champion and had won the first three races of the season.
But in the ensuing three races, victory went to other teams – the SunTrust Chevrolet Dallara had won the last two.
The Ganassi team leads the series in points.
1st: Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas, No. 01 TELMEX BMW/RileyDP
2nd: Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/RileyDP
3rd: Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor, No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara
1st: Eric Curran and John Heinricy, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Chevrolet CorvetteGT
2nd: Wayne Nonnamaker and John Edwards, No. 42 Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8GT
3rd: Steve Bertheau and Spencer Pumpelly, No. 67 Sargent & Landry Porsche GT3
Margin of Victory: 11.738 seconds
Average Speed: 91.534 mph
Cautions: 1 for 13 laps
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas 228;
Max Angelelli/Ricky Taylor 204,
JC France/Joao Barbosa/TerryBorcheller 188.
Jordan Taylor/Bill Lester 191
Leh Keen/Andrew Davis 187
Bill Auberlen/Paul Dalla Lana 184No Comment