Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas needed five races to win their first race of the 2009 Grand-Am season, but didn't have to wait long to post victory number two, as they overcame adversity to win Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The defending Daytona Prototype champions dominated the latter half of round six, leading the final 35 laps in the #01 TELMEX Lexus Riley before Pruett held off Ricardo Zonta in a fight to the finish to win by 0.491secs, but the result does not tell the whole story of the race.

Pruett and Rojas overcame three early pit-stops and going a lap down to win after starting from second on the grid. Rojas came into the pits under caution on lap two to satisfy the mandatory pit-stop rule requiring a stop within the first 45 minutes of the race, but the Ganassi team erred by taking on fuel before Grand-Am officials deemed that the race had yet to complete a green flag lap.

The ruling resulted in a stop-and-go penalty, with the team being held in the pits for an additional ten seconds causing Rojas to fall to the back of the field. However, the reigning series co-champion had charged back into the top ten before contact with another prototype while overtaking for position sent the #01 back to the pits for a tyre change.

That dropped the car a lap down and into 15th position but, once again, the resilient Mexican came back through the field and into the top ten before handing off to Pruett under a full-course caution on lap 38. A quick pit-stop put Pruett back on track in seventh place and, from there, the most-decorated sportscar racer in American history quickly moved into the top five, before eventually assuming the lead by anticipating a caution on lap 67 when he saw the #2 Childress Howard Motorsports Pontiac Crawford stranded near pit entrance and taking over from the Max Angelelli/Burt Frisselle SunTrust Racing entry when it pitted.

Pruett stretched out as much as a three-second lead over second place - and more than ten seconds over third place - before a full-course caution with just over 30 minutes remaining bunched the field once again. However, despite repeated runs by former Toyota F1 driver Zonta, Pruett led the final 45 laps for the team's second consecutive victory.

"My hat's off to Ricardo Zonta," Pruett said after scoring his 22nd Rolex Series victory, "We were both driving like it was qualifying. It was an unbelievable event. It was crazy, because we were trying to race as fast as we can, carving our way through traffic and trying not to hit anyone. It's a good thing we had a fast car that ran well all day long. But it was a real nail-biter at the end."

Zonta and co-driver Nic Jonsson took the #76 Krohn Aviation Ford Lola to its second podium finish of the season after winning last month's race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, while Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, seeking their third consecutive Mid-Ohio victory in the #99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley, had to settle for third after starting from the pole.

Victory ensured that Pruett and Rojas took sole possession of the Daytona Prototype point lead, now eleven points ahead of Gurney and Fogarty, while SunTrust team-mates Angelelli and Frisselle, who entered the event with a share of the lead, are now third, twelve points behind. Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas placed fourth in the Penske Racing Porsche Riley and are now fourth in the points.

Joao Barbosa and JC France (#59 Brumos Porsche Riley) finished fifth, followed by John Pew/Michael Valiante (#6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley). Mark Wilkins led 24 laps in the #61 AIM Autosport Ford Riley before finishing seventh, while Angelelli and Darren Law also took turns in the lead.

Meanwhile, in the GT class, Farnbacher Loles Racing came back from a post-qualifying penalty to take a second straight win courtesy of Leh Keen and Dirk Warner.

Starting last in class after a post-qualifying inspection nullified Keen's apparent pole-winning run, the pair came back to lead 45 laps and capture their third victory of the season in the #87 Farnbacher Loles Racing Porsche GT3.

Keen led two laps at the end of his run before turning the car over to Werner, the 2007 GT champion. Werner then paced the final 43 circuits to claim his fourth career victory, and the fifth for Keen, who won the 2008 race at Mid-Ohio with Eric Lux. The second consecutive victory for Keen and Werner was their third in the last four races.

Werner won by 2.839secs over Robin Liddell and Andrew Davis, who led eleven laps early on in the #57 BryanMark Financial/Stevenson Automotive Pontiac GXP.R. Defending series champions Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins finished third on debut with Drinkin' Mate sponsorship adorning the #07 Pontiac.

"The end of the race was pretty easy for me, because Lehman did a real good job taking the car up to the front," Werner said, "That helped me in my stint. The only thing I had to do was take care of traffic. The car was so good, it wasn't too hard for me to stay up front, because the guys behind me were fighting so hard."

Tom Sutherland and Dane Cameron finished fourth in the #30 3Dimensional.com Mazda RX-8, with the drivers combining to lead a race-high 47 circuits. Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato took fifth in SpeedSource's #69 FXDD RX-8, while Patrick Dempsey placed a career-high sixth in the Dempsey Racing #40 El Grado Tequila Mazda he shared with Joe Foster.

Dominik Farnbacher's #86 Farnbacher Porsche fell from second to seventh in the closing laps after cutting a tyre after contact with a Daytona Prototype, while Nick Ham led three laps in the #70 SpeedSource/Castrol Syntec Mazda co-driven by Sylvain Tremblay, but mechanical problems dropped the team to an eleventh-place finish.