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Blue_Tires Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jan-31-11 02:02 PM
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Ganassi 1-2 at Daytona
Team principal Chip Ganassi was back in Victory Lane on Sunday at America's most prestigious road race.

Defending Grand-Am Series champion Scott Pruett drove the last leg of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and held off Ganassi team mate Scott Dixon on a final restart.

Yes, the longest endurance race on the US calendar came down to a one-lap sprint.

Pruett pulled away from Dixon and third-place finisher Joao Barbosa after the green-white restart and won the Daytona Prototype class by 2.42sec. Pruett and co-drivers Memo Rojas, Graham Rahal and Joey Hand celebrated with Ganassi in Victory Lane. They received electric guitars and Rolex watches.

"This was unbelievable," Pruett said. "Our car ran and ran and ran. This is just awesome, truly awesome, to have a 1-2 finish is just incredible."

It was Ganassi's fourth victory in the 24-hour race. This one fills the small void created in 2010 when Ganassi's primary car finished second in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. That failure became glaring after Ganassi drivers won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400.

Ganassi now is the only car owner to win the four biggest races in the United States during a 12-month period.
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