lines of convergence
2013 ALMS & GRAND-AM SERIES AT A GLANCE
Anyone thinking Scott Pruett might slow
down a little after wrapping up his fifth
Grand-Am Rolex Series driver’s title last
year was set straight at the outset of
2013. The lynchpin of Telmex Chip
Ganassi Racing’s sports car squad once
again played a key part in a crushing
performance at the Rolex 24 at Daytona,
claiming his fifth victory in the race to join
Hurley Haywood as the all-time winner at
the Florida enduro. But he did it in typical
self-effacing Pruett style.
Although he was at the wheel for
about 10 hours of the race, Pruett
realized that a gimpy ankle – legacy of his
devastating IndyCar crash back in 1990
– might prevent him from living up to his
uncompromising performance standard
in the closing stages, and so he stepped
(limped?) aside for Juan Pablo Montoya
to finish the Riley-BMW’s dominant run.
“I felt like going into the last couple
AFTER FIVE ROLEX SERIES CROWNS,
hours, I was good at giving 95 percent,” he
said. “But if we had to have that hard-core,
throw-down race, wheel to wheel, fender
to fender with somebody, going in deep in
the turn trying to make those maneuvers
that you try to make to get by guys, I just
wasn’t 100 percent confident that I had
enough strength in my ankle to do that.
With having a guy like Juan Montoya in
there, I knew he would get it done.”
That kind of leadership, as well as his
boundless experience and a battle-tested
team around him, makes Pruett a title
favorite once again this year.
SCOTT PRUETT STILL GETS AFTER IT
AMERICAN LE MANS SERIES
1 March 16 Sebring, Fla.
2 April 20 Long Beach, Calif.
3 May 11 Monterey, Calif.
4 July 6 Lime Rock, Conn.
5 July 21 Bowmanville, Ontario
6 Aug. 11 Elkhart Lake, Wis.
7 Aug. 31 Baltimore, Md.
8 Sept. 21 Austin, Texas
9 Oct. 5 Alton, Va.
10 Oct. 19 Road Atlanta, Ga.
GRAND-AM ROLEX SERIES
1 Jan. 26-27 Daytona, Fla.
2 March 2 Austin, Texas
3 April 6 Birmingham, Ala.
4 April 20 Road Atlanta, Ga.
5 June 1 Detroit, Mich.
6 June 15 Mid-Ohio, Ohio
7 June 30 Watkins Glen, N. Y.
8 July 26 Indianapolis, Ind.
9 Aug. 10 Elkhart Lake, Wis.
10 Aug. 17 Kansas Speedway, Kan.
11 Sept. 8 Monterey, Calif.
12 Sept. 28 Lime Rock, Conn.
Greg Pickett’s Muscle Milk HPD
will have more rivals in the final
year of P1, as Rebellion Racing
joins Dyson Racing’s Lolas.
Spirited competition in
the Daytona Prototype
category was illustrated by
a new winner in more than
half the races last year.
The ALMS’s closest-ever
margin of overall victory has
gotten smaller two years
running at Road America. Will
it be cut again this year?
Multiple GT champion team Risi
returns to the ALMS after a
one-year hiatus, and its gorgeous
Ferrari 458 was an immediate
pacesetter in preseason testing.
Ryan Dalziel will be crossing the
regularly, racing Starworks’ DPs
as well as the SRT Vipers in the
ALMS and at Le Mans.
camden Thrasher/l AT
NEW GX CLASS FOR
GT CARS PUTS
THE MAZDA 6
PORSCHE CAYMAN S
HEAD TO HEAD.
Grand-Am’s GT class got a fresh shot of technical variety when Audi offered its GT3-based R8 LMS to Rolex Series customers – and Weathertech Racing duly won at Daytona. R8’S Rx