Grand-Am: Pruett and Rojas Win a Nearly Caution-Free Race at Miami


What Happens When the Only Caution Comes at the End

8:24pm EST — In the second race of the Grand-Am Rolex series season, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas took the lead in the points standings after Rolex 24 at Daytona winners Joao Barbosa and Terry Borcheller did not finish the Grand Prix of Miami because of engine issues.  Polesitters Darren Law and David Donohue challenged near the end after a caution bunched up the field with fifteen minutes to go, but could not regain the lead.  Finishing the DP class podium was Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the GAINSCO Chevrolet Riley, with team owner Bob Stallings visibly irritated by the engine performance during the race.  In their first race of the season, Burt Frisselle and Mark Wilkins finished fourth in the AIM Autosport Ford Riley, while Starworks Motorsport’s #8 car driven by 2010 Rolex winner Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest rounded out the top five, both overall and in the DP class in its first race of the 2010 season.  Sister car #7 finished twelfth, as driven by Ian James and Bill Lester.  Wednesday’s Driver Profile driver, Dion von Moltke finished ninth in the #77 Doran Racing car with co-driver Memo Gidley.

A bit of drama occurred into the first turn, which could well have an affect on the racing disposition later in the season, as Rojas came down upon Brian Frisselle and spun the Michael Shank Racing car in the middle of the DP field.  Both continued on, but even after considerable time to cool down, Frisselle was not pleased.  Also dramatic was the fire in the cockpit of the #30 Racer’s Edge Mazda, that forced Jordan Taylor to a stop in the middle of pit lane, just before Law brought in his car for a pitstop.  Taylor was completely unhurt and suggested that the fire looked worse than it was, but according to Law, “There was a car on fire, there were people on pit lane, and I almost came to a stop…I lost all of the gap I had gained.”

The late race caution, for debris on the track, also brought together the GT class, as latter-race leaders Jonathon Bomarito and Sylvain Tremblay lost the lead in the #70 SpeedSource Mazda, finishing fourth in class, to Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato, also in a SpeedSource Mazda.  The following results are courtesy of the official Grand-Am website:

Overall Position, Number, Class, Drivers, Team/Car, Laps:
1.
01 DP Pruett / Rojas, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates / BMW Riley, 129 Laps
2.
59 DP Donohue / Law, Brumos Racing / Porsche Riley, 129 Laps
3.
99 DP Fogarty / Gurney, GAINSCO/ Bob Stallings Racing / Chevrolet Riley, 129 Laps
4.
61 DP Frisselle / Wilkins, AIM Autosport / Ford Riley, 129 Laps
5.
8 DP Dalziel / Forest, Starworks Motorsport / BMW Riley, 129 Laps
6.
10 DP Angelelli / Taylor, SunTrust Racing / Ford Dallara, 128 Laps
7.
90 DP Garcia / Rice, Spirit of Daytona Racing / Porsche Coyote, 128 Laps
8.
60 DP Negri / Pew, Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley, 128 Laps
9.
77 DP Gidley / von Moltke, Doran Racing / Ford Dallara, 128 Laps
10.
6 DP Frisselle / Valiante, Michael Shank Racing / Ford Riley, 127 Laps
11.
55 DP Bouchut / Tucker Level 5 Motorsports / BMW Riley, 127 Laps
12.
7 DP James / Lester, Starworks Motorsport / BMW Riley, 126 Laps
13.
75 DP Jonsson / Krohn, Krohn Racing / Ford Lola, 122 Laps
14.
69 GT Assentato / Segal, SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8, 121 Laps
15.
57 GT Davis / Liddell, Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R, 120 Laps
16.
41 GT Gue / Keen, Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8, 120 Laps
17.
70 GT Bomarito / Tremblay, SpeedSource / Mazda RX-8, 120 Laps
18.
94 GT Auberlen / Dalla Lana / Hand, Turner Motorsport / BMW M6, 120 Laps
19.
95 DP Hunter-Reay / Tucker, Level 5 Motorsports / BMW Riley, 120 Laps
20.
07 GT Edwards / Reese / Russell, Banner Racing / Corvette, 119 Laps
21.
40 GT Dempsey / Foster, Dempsey Racing / Mazda RX-8, 119 Laps
22.
66 GT Ballou / Lally, TRG / Porsche GT3, 118 Laps
23.
68 GT Christodoulou / Edwards, SpeedSource/Newman Wachs Racing / Mazda RX-8, 117 Laps
24.
43 GT Nonnamaker / Nonnamaker, Team Sahlen / Mazda RX-8, 116 Laps
25.
67 GT Pumpelly / Saravia / Toriello, TRG / Porsche GT3, 115 Laps
26.
42 GT Nonnamaker / Sahlen, Team Sahlen / Mazda RX-8, 115 Laps
27.
72 GT Grant / Grant / Grant, Grant Racing/901 Shop / Porsche GT3, 112 Laps
28.
44 GT Potter / Stanton, Magnus Racing / Porsche GT3, 107 Laps
29.
97 GT Magnussen / Schaldach, Stevenson Motorsports / Camaro GT.R, 98 Laps
30.
46 GT Lewis / Zahn, Autohaus Motorsports / Porsche GT3, 97 Laps
31. 30 GT Lamb / Taylor, Racers Edge Motorsports / Mazda RX-8, 72 Laps
32.
48 GT Hines / Miller, Miller Barrett Racing / Porsche GT3, 66 Laps
33.
9 DP Barbosa / Borcheller, Action Express Racing / Porsche Riley, 61 Laps
34.
28 GT Collins / Lux, LG Motorsports / Corvette, 51 Laps

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