Grand-Am's Ganassi bounty
Tired of watching the Chip Ganassi Racing team run rampant in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series? You're not the only one. The team, with drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have won the last six races in Grand-Am, dating back to the final three races of 2010 and including the Rolex 24 at Daytona enduro this January.
To entice further competition, Grand-Am has posted a $25,000 bounty to the first team that stops the "Ganassi Gang" and score an overall victory. The first opportunity to earn the bounty is the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, VA on Saturday, May 14th.
"Chip Ganassi and his entire organization have done an amazing job fashioning one of the most remarkable streaks in the annals of American sports car competition," noted Mark Raffauf, director of competition for Grand-Am. "This reward gives their competition another incentive to step up and beat them to the checkered flag."
Pruett and Rojas had nine wins in 12 races last year and won the first three races of the 2011 season. As engine builder Steve Dinan pointed out, "It's the team's preparation that helps them keep this streak going; it's not all about my engines."
Competitor Mike Shank mulls, "You need to have a perfect race to beat them, but it seems to be almost impossible to make that happen right now against them. Regardless," Shank declared, "I don't want Ganassi and his team to go away! We can all be upset that they're dominating right now, but at the end of the day, we need them in our series. We'll figure out, on our own, how to beat them. That's up to us."
© 2011 Anne Proffit