GRAND-AM: Ganassi Wins New Jersey Scorcher

Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas return to victory lane; SpeedSource gives Mazda first GT victory of season...

Gutsy late-race strategy was rewarded with a return to victory lane for Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. The Telmex Chip Ganassi Racing duo scored top honors in Sunday’s American Red Cross 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, outsmarting the competition in near-record temperatures.

Opting for a two-stop strategy from the start of the two-hour and 45-minute race, a stellar final stint by Pruett, on old tires, was rewarded with their fifth GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory of the season.

A caution with under a half-hour to go set up an 18-minute shootout to the finish, with the rest of the Daytona Prototype competition having made third pit stops either under the yellow or just laps before for fresh Continental rubber.

However, a call by the Tim Keene-led Ganassi squad to keep the three-time series champion on track proved to be the call of the race.

“It was a little difficult trying to make a decision but we were still running high [one-minute] 17’s on old tires, so we opted to stay out,” Pruett said. “We drove away right at the end. Once we got about six seconds out, we just backed it down, knowing that was a lot of time for the 10 car to make up.

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