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.