Pruett and Rojas shrug off the weight
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona. The TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team extended its championship lead with a performance that looked dominant from the moment that Pruett hit the front in the final hour.
However, after scoring his 28th Grand-Am win in the 100th race for Daytona Prototypes, the American commented: “It's a special mark for our team. Today we didn't have the fastest racecar, but we raced smart and we raced clean and we did what we had to do. Good things happen to good people."
Pruett's statement regarding the pace of his BMW Riley was a reference to the fact that Grand-Am has imposed weight ballast (as well as docking the team 25 points) on any team using the BMW engine. This followed a post-race inspection at Mid-Ohio, when it was discovered the winner's engine did not comply to the regulations.
Pruett/Rojas' Daytona win pushes the duo's lead over Ryan Dalziel back out to 13. Dalziel finished second today, albeit 24sec down. He shared the Corsa Car Care BMW Riley with Mike Forest, the Anglo-Canadian pairing beating Oswaldo Negri and John Pew's Ford Riley who in turn had to fight hard to beat David Donohue and Darren Law in the Brumos Riley Porsche.
The TRG Porsche 911 GT3 of Andy Lally and RJ Valentine won the GT class after Lally passed Joey Hand's BMW M6 in the closing laps. It was Lally's third win of the season, but biggest surprise was the performance of the Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro which racked up a podium finish ahead of the Mazda RX-8 of GT points leaders Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal.
The Sylvain Tremblay/Jonathan Bomarito RX-8, which started from GT pole, led until picking up a puncture. The Ricky Taylor/Max Angelelli SunTrust Dallara Ford which started from pole in the DP class hit a barrier and eventually finished ninth.