GRAND-AM: Ganassi, Turner Give BMW Sweep At Homestead-Miami

GRAND-AM: Ganassi, Turner Give BMW Sweep

Chip Ganassi Racing continued its hot streak in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, as Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas claimed their fifth consecutive victory in Saturday’s Grand Prix of Miami.

Bouncing back from a drive-through penalty early in the two-hour and 45-minute race, the No. 01 Telmex Riley-BMW fought its way back to the lead, as Pruett got around the SunTrust Racing Dallara-Chevrolet of Max Angelelli with seven laps to go.

From there, it was clear sailing for the three-time series champion as he cruised to a 4.307-second victory over the No. 5 Action Express Racing Riley-Porsche of Darren Law in second.

While the results don’t show it, today’s race was all about tires. With the abrasive 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway known as one of the toughest on rubber, the entire race came down to a tire conservation run, especially in the Daytona Prototype ranks.

“It was easy to let your emotions or to let your competitiveness run a hard pace than you’d like,” Pruett said. “If you did, you certainly ran out of tires before that. I think some of that came from my years racing in NASCAR. There were some places you had to go where you just had to race the race track.”

Pruett put his NASCAR skills to the test, conserving his Continental tires right down to the closing laps. While both he and Angelelli made their final stops with 50 minutes remaining, the Ganassi machine held the upper hand at the time that mattered most.

“As always in GRAND-AM racing, the final 20 minutes are the most critical and today it happened again,” Angelelli said. “It was all about managing the tires in this race. I thought I had good management but actually I ran short and ran out of tire six or seven laps too early.”

 

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