Ganassi To Field IMS All-Star Team In Rolex 24 Entries
Saturday, January 05, 2008
Six of the eight drivers in Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates' two entries in the Rolex 24 At Daytona have raced at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, with four victories among those drivers.
IMS veterans Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Scott Pruett will join Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Daytona Prototype on Jan. 26-27 on the 3.56-mile road course at Daytona International Speedway.
Montoya won the 2000 Indianapolis 500, while Franchitti won Indy in 2007 en route to the 2007 IndyCar Series title. Pruett made four Indy 500 starts.
Dan Wheldon, Scott Dixon and Alex Lloyd are the IMS veterans joining Salvador Duran in Ganassi's No. 02 Target/TELMEX Daytona Prototype. Wheldon won the 2005 Indianapolis 500 en route to the series title, while Dixon has made five Indy 500 starts. Lloyd won the 2007 Freedom 100 at IMS on his way to the Indy Pro Series title.
After winning the 2006 and 2007 events, Ganassi's team will look to become the first team in history to win three consecutive overall titles in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"Everyone knows how special this race is and how much of a team effort it takes to win at Daytona," team owner Chip Ganassi said. "I'm extremely proud of the effort put forth by our organization the last two years, and we have another great opportunity this year with the addition of Dario and Alex to the lineup.
"It is a tremendous feeling to know that we have this many talented drivers on our teams to pick from."
Pruett, Montoya and Duran teamed to win last year's round-the-clock Grand Am event at Daytona. Wheldon, Dixon and Casey Mears won for the Ganassi team in 2006.
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