Grand Am

Pruett & Rojas Get No. 150 For Ganassi

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas co-drove their BMW-Riley to the 150th racing victory for Chip Ganassi Racing Saturday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. (Grand-Am photo)

MONTREAL — Point leaders Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas roared to their second win of the season in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, prevailing in Saturday’s Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

The win marked the 150th victory in all forms of motorsports for Chip Ganassi Racing.

The Pruett-Rojas pairing started second in the featured Daytona Prototype class and led the final 37 laps in the No. 01 Telmex BMW/Riley. Pruett drove the anchor leg, passing Ryan Dalziel’s No. 8 Duncan Starworks Motorsport Ford/Riley for the lead just past the halfway mark, then kept the lead after the final series of pit stops several minutes later.

Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, who won the pole in Friday’s qualifying, took second in the No. 99 GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, 22.902 seconds behind at the end of the two-hour race. Gurney capitalized when Ozz Negri gave up second place for a final pit stop for fuel with four minutes left in the No. 60 Liveon.com/Curb Records Ford/Riley from Michael Shank Racing.

The No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of David Donohue and Paul Tracy finished third, rallying from a first-lap, first-turn spin.

Dalziel took a hit in the points when he spun in turn 10, collecting Ricky Taylor in their spirited battle for third place with 27 minutes left. Dalziel was given a 15-second penalty for rough driving. His eighth-place finish dropped him to 18 points behind Pruett and Rojas.

Robin Liddell and John Edwards won a close-quarters battle in the GT class, scoring his second victory of the season and fourth in Montreal in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R. Liddell finished just .569 seconds ahead of the No. 69 FXDD AIM Autosport Team Ferrari of Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal.

 

 

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