by Steve Wronkowicz
I am co-host of the syndicated radio show: ON PIT ROW. Over ten years on the air and three on the net; see what can happen when I don't let the facts get in the way of my opinions.July 4, 2010 9:25 am UTC No Comments
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas had the field covered in the DP Division.
Pruett took the lead with one hour remaining and led all but one of the remaining laps in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW powered Riley started by Rojas. Pruett beat Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Ryan Dalziel to the checkered flag by 24.304 seconds, extending his DP-leading total to 28 victories; it was the 29th triumph for the Ganassi team coming in race number one hundred for the class.
“It’s great for our team to win the 100th DP race – that’s incredible,” Pruett said. “That says a lot for GRAND-AM for what they’ve achieved and where it’s going. It’s a special mark for our team. Today we didn’t have the fastest race car, but we raced smart and we raced clean and we did what we had to do. Good things happen to good people.”
The victory came only a few days after a penalty resulting from post-race inspection at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course cost the team 25 points, cutting their lead to seven points in the battle for the DP championship title. Pruett and Rojas now lead by only 13 points.
In the GT class, Andy Lally passed Joey Hand with nine laps to go to win his third race of the season, with RJ Valentine in the No. 66 TRG Porsche. Hand battled Lally all the way to the end of the race looking for a way around but was unable to make a final charge to the lead.
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