(July 3, 2008) – Scott Pruett and the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley captured a thrilling photo-finish win in the Brumos Porsche 250 under the lights Thursday on the 3.56-mile road course at historic Daytona International Speedway.
A full-course caution with four laps to go set up a one-lap sprint for the win. Alex Gurney and the No. 99 GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing team seemed to have the win sealed up on the final lap.
But coming off of Turn 4 with the checkered flag in sight, Pruett went to the outside and made a surge at the end to win by .081 of a second – the smallest margin of victory in the history of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series.
“Wow. Unbelievable,” said Pruett, who won his fifth race of the season and shared the driving duties with Memo Rojas. “It’s never over ’til it’s over. We were quicker on the straightaway than the No. 99 car and we got it done.”
"That Pruett's the man," said car owner Chip Ganassi. "This track rewards great drivers and it did that tonight."
“It’s definitely a tough pill to swallow for sure,” said Gurney, who co-drove with Jon Fogarty. “It looked like we had it under control. I knew I had to get a good enough gap in front of him going into the chicane or else I was toast because he was coming like a freight train on the straight(away).”
Sylvain Tremblay and Nick Ham drove the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda to the GT class victory from the pole position.
The No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda team has now won the pole and their class the last three races at DIS beginning with last year’s Brumos Porsche 250.
“We have the keys to this place,” Tremblay said. “We know what it takes to get around here. We’re back in Victory Lane for the third time at Daytona. It’s pretty awesome.”
Racer/actor Patrick Dempsey and the No. 40 Hyper Sport Mazda GT team improved upon their 39th-place finish in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with a 25th-place finish overall.
“It’s great to come back to a track and certainly this is a great track,” Dempsey said. “I just want to stay consistent and be in the car; I think it makes a big difference. We’re seeing improvements and I’m hitting the goals each race that I want to hit.”