Grand AM »

Busch, Speed to debut make Grand-Am debut.


Three-time Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series champions Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates will field a second entry at the 4 July Brumos Porsche 250 for NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Scott Speed.

The duo will make their Grand-Am debut piloting the #02 Waste Management Lexus Riley alongside defending Rolex Series DP champions Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas' regular #01 TELMEX entry, as the Ganassi squad attempts to defend its Brumos Porsche 250 crown. Last season, Pruett executed a dramatic last-lap pass in the Daytona tri-oval to beat Alex Gurney to the chequered flag.

Busch is currently the leading winner in all three of NASCAR's stock car national touring series, having won three events in Cup competition in the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota alongside four in the Nationwide Series and two in the Camping World Truck Series. He lies ninth in the Cup standings, in position to make the Chase for the Championship, as well as leading the 'junior' Nationwide Series.

Prior to moving to stock cars, meanwhile, Speed raced in Formula One, making 28 starts in 2006-07 for Scuderia Toro Rosso. Like his new team-mate, he is a 2008 winner in the NASCAR Truck Series, and is currently ranked second in the Raybestos Rookie of the Year standings behind Joey Logano after a solid start to the season in the #82 Red Bull Toyota.

"I am really looking forward to seeing Kyle and Scott in one of our Grand-Am cars," Ganassi said, "Kyle is one of the best racecar drivers in the world and Scott is a young talent with a lot of road course experience. Also, I think having the opportunity for them to work with a road course veteran like Scott Pruett should make for a great experience for them. It will be exciting to see what they can do."

Since the team's introduction into the Grand-Am Rolex Series in 2004, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has won the Rolex 24 at Daytona three consecutive times, among 22 victories in the six-year span. Last season, Pruett became the first two-time Daytona Prototype champion and Rojas the first Mexican driver to win a major racing championship in the United States. The pair won their first race of 2009 at Watkins Glen International last weekend to capture a share of the Daytona Prototype point lead.

Ironically, while fielding a pair of Toyota-mounted drivers will salve engine partner Lexus conscience, Ganassi's enforced link with DEI means that he is overseeing Chevrolets in this year's Sprint Cup.


Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Scott Speed celebrates pole position in the Nationwide Series event at Las Vegas
Kyle Busch - Joe Gibbs Racing   [pic credit: NASCAR/Getty]
Action. VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America. Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Starworks Motorsport BMW/Riley duo Brendon Hartley and Scott Mayer celebrate their first Grand AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory at Road America [Pic credit: Grand AM]
Juan Pablo Montoya, Memo Rojas, Scott Pruett and Charlie Kimball, co-drivers of the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates TELMEX/Target Ford BMW Riley celebrate their win in victory lane at the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on January 27, 2013 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
Spencer Pumpelly - TRG Porsche [Pic credit: Grand Am]
Borcheller/Barbosa - Action Express Racing Porsche Riley [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
The No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Porsche Coyote that will be tested by 2009 Radical European Masters Champion Derek Johnston at Virginia International Raceway
Max Angelelli and Brian Friselle win at Daytona [Pic credit: Grand Am Media]
Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty - GAINSCO Bob Stallings Racing Riley-Pontiac   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Henri Richard/Rene Villeneuve - Polizei 144 TRG Porsche GT3   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Romain Dumas/Timo Bernhard - Verizon Wireless Team Penske Riley-Porsche   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Michael Valiante/Joh Pew - Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Oswaldo Negri/Mark Patterson - Michael Shank Racing Riley-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Ricardo Zonta/Nic Jonsson - Krohn Racing Lola-Ford   [pic credit: Grand-Am]
Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas - TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Lexus   [pic credit: Grand-Am]

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.




© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.