Ganassi, Pruett Look for Third Straight at Long Beach

Ganassi, Pruett Look for Third Straight at Long Beach

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Ganassi, Pruett Look for Third Straight at Long Beach

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Scott Pruett and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates are batting two-for-two in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

The team made its first appearance at the Southern California street circuit in 2006, with Pruett joining Luis Diaz in victory lane in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series-sanctioned event.

Last year, Pruett and Memo Rojas won the Tequila Patrón Sports Car Showcase as part of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship debut season.

Next weekend, Pruett and fellow Sacramento driver Joey Hand will co-drive the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley for Ganassi Racing.

“I love going to Long Beach,” Pruett said. “It’s been a memorable, keystone race in my career, and I have had a lot of success there. Winning the last two races that I’ve been there was pretty exciting.”

Pruett’s background at the circuit extends back to his karting days in the 1980s. He won at Long Beach in 1987 en route to his first of two Trans-Am Series championships. Adding to Pruett&³1;s impressive Long Beach Trans-Am resume are two poles, including 1998, when he led every lap before running out of fuel on the final circuit.

He also has nine starts in the Champ Car World Series at Long Beach, with his best finish of second coming in 1995. Pruett also won the Pro category of the popular Toyota Pro Celebrity race in 2001.

In the team’s last appearance, Pruett, Hand and Ganassi IndyCar champion Scott Dixon finished fifth at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Pruett and Hand are currently fifth in the Prototype standings, 14 points behind leaders Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais (69-55).

“We’re looking forward to Long Beach,” Hand said. “I love Long Beach, and I know the Ganassi boys won there last year. Long Beach is a place I look forward to going to. It’s a California race, and I’m a California guy.”

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