LEXINGTON, Ohio — Richard Westbrook had to hold off Scott Pruett on a late-race restart to complete a dominant performance for the Spirit of Daytona Racing team in Saturday afternoon’s Emco Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Westbrook and his co-driver, Michael Valiente, led 87 of the 111 laps of the 2.26-mile road course during the two-hour and 45-minute event, but Westbook driving a Corvete Daytona Prototype, had to hold off a furious charge from Pruett in the Chip Ganassi Racing BMW-Riley following a restart with only seven minutes remaining in the race.
Westbrook took the checkered flag a mere .236 seconds ahead of Pruett, who along with teammate Memo Rojas, has yet to win this season. Meanwhile, it was the second victory of the season for Westbrook, who won with Antonio Garcia earlier this year.
“It didn’t surprise me he was there. I was just trying to control the gap,” said Westbrook. “Mike (Valiente) did a great job today, he put the car in the lead.”
It was also the fourth straight victory for the Corvette Daytona Prototype.
Despite being winless, Pruett and Rojas moved into the point lead and hold a mere two-point edge over David Donohue, Ryan Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio by two points with Westbrook only three points behind.
“We were giving it all we had,” said Pruett. “We came into this race trying to get everything that we could.”
Pruett and Rojas lead Donohue, Dalziel and Enzo Potolicchio by two points with Westbrook only three points behind.
Donohue and Terry Borcheller finished third in the Action Express Racoing Corvette.
Meanwhile in the GT category, Bill Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana drove their BMW M3 to victory ahead of the Ferrari 458 of Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato.
“Our strategy bit us a little bit, but we had the car to get to the front today,” said Auberlen.
The Stevenson Motorsports Camaro of Robin Liddell and John Edwards finished third and the drivers trail Segal and Assentato by 11 points in the standings.