DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas just keep on clicking off the victories in Grand Am Rolex Series competition, winning Saturday’s Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona Int’l Speedway.
As it was the Grand Am Daytona Prototype division’s 100th race, it was a milestone for the Telmex Ganassi team.
“It’s quite an honor to win the 100th race,” Pruett said. “It’s a special mark for us as a team. We didn’t have the fastest race car, but we raced hard, we raced smart and we raced clean.”
Pruett and Rojas won the race despite an extra 75 pounds added to the car, as series officials put the extra weight on all the BMW-powered teams. A couple of weeks ago at Mid-Ohio, the engine was found to be out of specification, and it cost the Telmex team 25 championship points.
“Good things happen to good people,” Pruett said. “Bad things happen to bad people.”
Rojas said the extra weight could be felt under braking.
“It’s like doing a sprint with a laptop on your back,” he said. “You feel it when you push the brakes.”
It was the 29th series victory for Chip Ganassi Racing, and Pruett’s 28th with the team. Pruett topped Ryan Dalziel by 24.304 seconds in winning the two-hour, 45-minute race on the 3.56-mile road course.
Rojas started the race fourth in the Telmex BMW Riley, but didn’t lead until the 29th lap. That was just before the one-hour mark, After stints at the front by Buddy Rice and Ozz Negri and Dalziel, Pruett took the lead for good on the 53rd lap.
On a hot and muggy Saturday morning, Pruett and Rojas battled the elements to pull off another victory.
“Our uniforms are soaked,” Pruett said with a sweaty smile. “You’ll sweat off five or eight pounds. Maybe we ought to put a temperature gauge up in the car and see what it reads.”
Ricky Taylor put his father’s No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara on the pole and led the first 13 laps before Mike Forest overtook him. Brian Frisselle led laps 17 to 28, until Rojas got past.
Negri and John Pew were third in the Crown Royal XR Ford Riley behind Dalziel and Forest’s Corsa Car Care BMW Riley. David Donohue and Darren Law were fourth in their Brumos Porsche Riley, while Memo Gidley and Dion von Moltke were fifth in the McDonald’s Ford Dallara.
In GT, Andy Lally earned his third victory of the season in the TRG Porsche GT3 Cup, as he and co-driver R.J. Valentine topping Joey Hand and Bill Auberlen’s BMW M6. Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell were third in a Chevrolet Camaro.
In the points, Pruett and Rojas lead by 13 points over Dalziel, while Emil Assentado leads GT by nine points over Lally.