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Pruett respected in IMSA garaGe

SoVaNow.com / August 28, 2017


Scott Pruett was one of the most respected and successful drivers in the garage for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship Michelin GT Challenge weekend at Virginia International Raceway.

Pruett, who competed in Sunday’s feature race at VIR, is also very bullish on the future of this national touring series.

Pruett, a co-driver for the no. 15 for 3GT Racing in the GTD class, is pleased with a surge of manufacturer’s participation in the IMSA series.

“What we’ve seen with IMSA over the last five years is a massive growth and participation from manufacturers. Put that in contest, when you look back in 2013-14, there were just a handful of manufacturers.

“Chevrolet was there, Lexus was there, on and off, BMW, and Ford was not there yet. Now you look at where we are at, and you see all the majors here. You’ve got Ferrari, and Porsche, Lamborghini, Lexus, Ford and Chevy, Cadillac. The list goes on and on. You’re looking at a totally different number of manufacturers,” said Pruett, with 13 in the entire IMSA series, with all classes included. Just two classes, GT-Le Mans and GT-Daytona, raced at VIR Sunday.

“You can a little bit of a change for next year. Acura is going to add another car in the Prototype with Penske.

“There are other manufacturers looking at it, at this point,” said Pruett.

“When you take 13-14 manufacturers that are participating, supporting a series, not just with the cars on the track, now you’re looking at marketing dollars, and activation, and dealer functions and all those other things, it’s pretty exciting,” said Pruett.

This makes for the better racing, and for the fans. The fans get to see great looking cars. These are high-powered beasts, yet fans can relate to these cars.

“It’s all those manufacturers working together to help bring more excitement to the fans, and for themselves,” said Pruett.

Pruett has extensive racing experience at VIR, but had not been back recently.

“I love coming to this place. The fans are always great, the track’s got a great layout,” said Pruett.

Pruett loves his craft and enjoys what he’s doing. He knows he has ‘less racing in my windshield, than in my rear view mirror, that’s for sure.”

Pruett lives in northern California, and has a family winery operation. He has the highest rated Syrah in the world right now, and he admits Pruett Vineyards has gone beyond anything he’s expected.

Pruett brought a heck of a resume to VIR, although this year has been an adjustment.

Pruett had earned six top-10 results in nine races this season, including a season-best fifth-place finish at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park earlier this month. Pruett only competed in the first two races of the season last year to assist Lexus and 3GT Racing in the development of the new Lexus RC F GT3 that is participating this year in the GTD class.

He has won three times at VIR during his career (2005, 2008 and 2010), including two times behind the wheel of a Lexus-powered Prototype in 2005 and 2008.

He also earned pole positions for Lexus at VIR in 2004 and 2009.

Pruett was inducted into two motorsports Halls of Fame in June, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in Daytona Beach, Fla., and the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame in California. Pruett is one of the most-decorated sports car racers in North America and has a storied history with Lexus. He previously drove Lexus-powered prototypes from 2004 to 2009 in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Championship Series where he won three driver’s championships and the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2007 and 2008.

Pruett has earned a record-setting 60 North American sports car victories, including a record-tying five Rolex 24 at Daytona victories and is a five-time GRAND-AM series champion. Pruett raced in Indy Car, formerly known as CART, from 1988 to 1999 where he earned two wins, 15 podium positions and was the 1989 Indianapolis 500 co-rookie of the year.



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