Friday
Feb012008

Wheels Down, Spirits Up!

Photo by John ThawleyI don’t think I can recall an American Le Mans Series winter test as upbeat and promising as this most recent. And, while there wasn’t a “major” story that everyone typically hangs their hopes on, there was plenty of great news. Perhaps all the news was the big story?

Yes, the continuing saga of content keeps the rumor lines and chat boards buzzing, but it appears the ALMS will steadily increase their starting grids in 2008. Sure they lose one here… but they seem to pick up a few.. and in the right places.

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Monday
Jan282008

Ganassi / Sabates Go Three In A Row - Speedsource Puts Mazda On Top

photo by John Thawley .When Rolex Series stars Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti captured the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season opener in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Lexus Riley, the Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates racing program became the first team to capture three straight Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victories in as many years. The record breaking race was the 46th running of the classic endurance race.

The wins were the second straight for Montoya and Pruett, the first time drivers earned repeat victories in the race since Derek Bell, Al Unser, Jr. and Al Hulbert accomplished the feat in 1986 and 1987.

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Thursday
Jan242008

Ganassi Third Straight... Mazda On Top In GT

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Photo by John Thawley 

For the third straight year, a Chip Ganassi Lexus Riley was the first to cross the finish line for the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates racing program became the first team to capture a Rolex 24 At Daytona overall victory in three straight years. Rolex Series stars Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dario Franchitti captured the victory in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Lexus Riley. The record breaking race was the 46th running of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season opener.


While the No. 01 team led 252 laps, it was clear a race win would have to be earned surviving the rain and slippery track prevalent throughout the night stages of the race. When the checkered flag waved, the Ganassi quartet executed their strategy to perfection and went without the mechanical problems that plagued many of their counterparts.

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