Standing firm with 261 championship markers, two wins, three poles and nine Rolex Sports Car Series events in the rear-view mirror, CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates has reached the final five-race stretch where performance will be paramount if they are to repeat as champions of Grand American's Daytona Prototype division.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will serve as the starting gate for that stretch run as the series settles in the Midwest this weekend for Round 10 of the Rolex Series.

"This is the time to show these guys what we're made of," said 2004 Mid-Ohio Daytona Prototype pole sitter and race winner Scott Pruett. "We had a strong showing here last year and I'm looking forward to doing it again on Saturday night. Luis and I are both fond of this track, and we should have a good car, so now is the time to start picking away at the points lead. It all starts here."

Co-driver of the #01 CompUSA Riley-Lexus Luis Diaz knows that a tight championship battle with points leader SunTrust Racing (282) will be key for him and his Mexican contingent of sponsors as the series will finish out the year with its first ever trip to his native Mexico City as part of a doubleheader with the Champ Car World Series.

"This has always been one of my favourite race tracks," said Diaz, who posted a season-best third at Mid-Ohio in 2004 with then teammate Jimmy Morales. "When I started racing in the United States, this was one of the first tracks I ever competed on in [the now defunct] Indy Lights Series. The course really suits my driving style, which is important, and the CompUSA team has put in the effort to win races. I think we will have a great car this weekend and be able to fight for points. We need a championship battle heading into the end of the season."

 

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