Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas continued their charge for the Rolex Series Championship by posting an impressive second place at the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio at the weekend, but admitted that that was about as good as it was going to get.
The #01 Telmex Lexus-Riley began the two-and-a-half hour sprint from fifth position and gained one spot before Pruett took command of the car. However, hopes of a victory were already evaporating as the #99 GAINSCO car was already pulling away, reaping the benefits of a caution-free race to gain a 30-second advantage as a three-horse race developed behind it.
The #01 was in battle with the #75 and #10 entries, going nose-to-nose for the remaining podium positions. In the end, however, it was Pruett that made the final pass for position to earn the Telmex team's third consecutive runner-up finish. The result was enough for the series veteran to extend his lead over Max Angelelli to eleven points, while the Telmex team added a little more padding to its cushion over the rest in the team standings.
“The #99 car did a great job and had a little more than us," Pruett admitted, "But we talked before the race and decided it was all about strategy and not making any mistakes. It was just a matter of getting into the race and doing exactly what we talked about.
"Memo did a great job and our pit-stops were flawless. We were right in the middle of the battle all night long. We're in a run for the championship and we're not going to do anything to take ourselves out of the hunt.”