Results (with starting position) from the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
1. (1) No. 2 HPD ARX-03B (Van Overbeek, Brown)
2. (6) No. 10 Corvette DP (Taylor, Taylor)
3. (7) No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley (Pruett, Rojas)
MONTEREY, Calif. (May 5, 2014) – Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (CGRFS) finished on the podium Sunday afternoon in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas finished third overall.
Rojas started the No. 01 car in the seventh position for the opening stint of the two-hour long sprint race. As the 12-car Prototype class navigated through the first corner of the 2.238-mile long track, Rojas picked up a position, moving into sixth place. He drove through traffic, reaching third position when the leaders pitted on lap 27 of the 87-lap race. Rojas waited another lap before bringing the No. 01 in for its first pit stop on lap 28.
Taking four Continental tires and a full load of fuel, Pruett lost a position while exiting pit lane. He fought through traffic and reclaimed the sixth position on lap 35, holding off pressure until the team’s second pit stop on lap 46. After bringing the No. 01 back up to full speed, Pruett capitalized on contact made amongst the leaders of the Prototype class and picked up two spots, beginning the second half of the race in fourth place. By lap 58, he reached third place, driving away from the pack and extending the gap between the leaders and the rest of the field. Due to alternate pit strategy, Pruett was unable pick up any more spots after having to pit for fuel on lap 82. However, the gap he created prior to the final stop allowed him to easily hold off the No. 5 Corvette DP and secure a spot on the podium for the third-consecutive race.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
- Scott Pruett set the quickest Prototype lap of the race on lap 54/87 (1:20.114).
- This is the eighth podium at Laguna Seca for CGRFS (2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013 (two cars), 2014).
Scott Pruett: “We gave it all we had. Starting back in seventh, it’s a long way to work back up. The car ran great. We were doing everything we could. We tried to take a little gamble there. It paid off for us in Sebring. It didn’t pay off for us here, but still, we’re on the podium, we’re still solid in the points and whenever you’re standing 1, 2 or 3 on top of the podium it’s a good day.”
Memo Rojas: “It was a crazy race and we certainly didn’t know what to expect during the race because it was so competitive out there. The best thing was that we played a great strategy and were able to put the car back in the top five after the first stop. There were probably five or six cars that could have been on the podium today and we did well and were one of them.”
The next TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race will be at the Detroit Grand Prix at The Raceway at Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. on May 31 (1:30 pm ET, FOX Sports 1).