Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas take home the Brumos Porsche 250 and the 100th Daytona Prototype race.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas continued their domination of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 with a win in the Brumos Porsche 250 on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway.
The win is the third straight for the series point-leading duo who have won six of the eight races this year and were runners up at the season-opening Rolex 24. They are now only one win away from tying Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty’s record of a seven-win season set in 2007.
“I just have to say how great it is for the team to win the 100th (Daytona Prototype) race,” Pruett said. “That’s just incredible and a special mark for us as a team. We didn’t have the fastest race car, but we raced smart and we raced clean. Memo did a fantastic job.”
“Just like it’s been all season, we just tried to stay out of trouble,” Rojas added. “Other people step on their own foot and our team doesn’t make mistakes. Scott hasn’t made any mistakes all year, I haven’t, and we were able to stay ahead and win races. It’s great. I can’t believe it.”
Taking the win in the GT class was the No. 66 TRG Porsche GT3 with R.J. Valentine and Andy Lally.
With Lally behind the wheel, the team made their move with 12 minutes to go. The GT leader at that point, Joey Hand, could not hold off the hard-charging Lally going into the chicane and brought the No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 home second with the help of co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana.
“Andy Lally and I only have one kind of battle and it seems to be great ones,” said Hand, whose cool suit quit working three laps into his stint. “We’ve been racing together since we were kids. I was not a match for him (today). He was coming pretty hard and I was cooking. Their car was just strong today, a decent bit stronger than us. It’s just a privilege to even be in the car.”
Rounding out the overall top three of the 2-1/2 hour race were the No. 8 Corsa Car Care BMW/Riley with Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest and the No. 60 Crown Royal XR Ford/Riley with Ozz Negri and John Pew. Completing the GT podium was the No. 57 BryanMark Financial/Vin Solutions Camaro with Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis.
The Rolex Series provided the first event of a racing doubleheader taking place at DIS on Saturday. The Coke Zero 400 Powered by Coca-Cola is scheduled to run on Saturday night under the lights with Kevin Harvick and Jimmie Johnson starting on the front row. It will be the final race on the current asphalt of Daytona International Speedway. Following the race, the entire 2.5-mile tri-oval will be repaved for only the second time in its history.
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