Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas ended a three-race losing streak Saturday, winning the Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VisitFlorida.com, in Grand-Am's return to Road America. It was the fourth victory of the season for the drivers of the No. 01 TELMEX Riley-BMW fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates.
Pruett took the checkered flag 11.738 seconds ahead of Alex Gurney, who shared the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/Riley with Jon Fogarty. Pruett led the final 20 of 46 circuits on the 4.048-mile circuit for his 36th career Rolex Series victory.
- "We were really able to take advantage of our knowhow and experience," said Pruett. The car was junk when I went out in warm-up and it was miserable to drive. We talked about our options, and we came up with the right changes."
- "Today was a strange race for everybody, with the long yellow flag," added Rojas. "We weren't really happy with the car before the race and thought we lost our way, but we found a few issues and made some radical decisions. We didn't know what to expect for the race, but the car was really good. We did our long stop early on, and that helped us later in the race."
- Max Angelelli survived a last-lap battle with Ryan Dalziel to finish third – ending a two-race winning streak for the No. 10 SunTrust Riley-Chevrolet started on the pole by Ricky Taylor. Dalziel and Mike Forest held on for fourth in the No. 8 Grout Shield Riley-Ford, followed by John Pew and Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Riley-Ford.
The GT battle saw three different leaders on the final lap. Eric Curran prevailed in the wild last-lap battle, giving Marsh Racing its first Rolex Series GT victory in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette started by John Heinricy.
Jordan Taylor took the white flag in the GT lead, but ran out of fuel in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro started by Bill Lester. That gave the GT lead to Spencer Pumpelly – who shared the No. 67 TRG Porsche with Steven Bertheau – but he also ran low on fuel. Curran, who had been pressuring Pumpelly, took over the lead, and managed to hold off John Edwards in the No. 42 Team Sahlen's Mazda RX-8 started from the pole by Wayne Nonnamaker.
Pumpelly managed to hold on for third, followed by the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT3 of Craig Stanton and John Potter, Taylor managed to place fifth in the No. 88 Autohaus Motorsport Chevrolet Camaro. Taylor and co-driver Bill Lester extended their lead in the standings to four points over sixth-place finishers Leh Keen and Andrew Davis, drivers of the No. 59 Brumos Porsche GT3.
The race featured a 51-minute caution resulting from an accident five laps into the race involvingGunter Schaldach and Joe Foster. Schaldach lost the brakes in the No. 07 The Cool TV/Mobil 1 Chevrolet Camaro, ran into the back of Joe Foster's No. 40 Visit Florida/Modspace Mazda RX-8, went through the gravel trap in Turn 1 and catapulted the catch fence. He walked away uninjured.
Foster also spun through the gravel and tagged the tire barrier. He was awake and alert, and later transported to Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis., for further evaluation