Scott Pruett

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Scott Donald Pruett
Scott Pruett.jpg
Born (1960-03-24) March 24, 1960 (age 54)
United States Roseville, California
Achievements SCCA Trans-Am Champion (1987, 1994, 2003)
IMSA GTO Champion (1988, 1986)
Michigan 500 winner (1995)
24 Hours of Daytona overall winner (1994, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2013)
Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype Grand-Am Champ (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012)
Awards Indianapolis 500 co-rookie of the year (1989)
World Karting Association Hall of Fame inductee (1991)
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
40 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
2008 position 68th
Best finish 37th – 2000 (Winston Cup)
First race 2000 Daytona 500 (Daytona)
Last race 2008 Toyota/Save Mart 350 (Sonoma)
Wins Top tens Poles
6
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
11 race(s) run over 6 year(s)
2008 position 79th
Best finish 76th – 2000 (Busch)
First race 2000 NAPA Auto Parts 300 (Daytona)
Last race 2008 NAPA Auto Parts 200 (Montreal)
Wins Top tens Poles
4 3
Statistics current as of November 7, 2011.

Scott Donald Pruett (born March 24, 1960 in Roseville, California) is an American race car driver who has competed in NASCAR, Champ Car, IMSA, Trans-Am and Grand-Am. He and his wife Judy have three children, and are children's book authors.

Pruett started racing go karts at the age of eight,[1] and went on to win ten professional karting championships. In the 1980s, he established himself as a top American sports car racer, eventually winning two IMSA GTO Championships and three Trans-Am Series Championships.

In the 1990s, Pruett was a regular in the CART series. From 1988 to 1999, he made 145 starts with two wins, five poles and fifteen podiums (top three finishes). In a pre-season testing in 1990, Pruett was involved in a serious crash at West Palm Beach, Florida, where he seriously injured both his legs. Pruett spent the 1990 season recovering & on certain occasions calling ESPN IndyCar telecasts as color commentator with Paul Page doing the play by play.

In 1994 he joined the reformed Pat Patrick team in CART series testing Firestone tires. Later that same year he won the Trans-Am Series Championship. In 1995 he drove full-time for Patrick racing using Firestone tires in Firestone's return to the CART series & finally won his first race in a thrilling last lap duel with Al Unser, Jr. at the Michigan 500. In 1997 he won his final CART series race at Surfers Paradise Australia (Nikon Indy 300).

Following his Champ Car career, Pruett raced the 2000 season in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series with PPI Motorsports, although with little success, achieving just 1 top-10 and finishing 37th in the points standings. He then moved back to sports car racing and won his third Trans-Am Series Championship in 2003. Since 2004, he has raced in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series for Chip Ganassi Racing. Pruett is still a regular starter at NASCAR road course races and he is often referred to as a Road Course Ringer. Pruett has won eleven American sports car championships, five in Grand-Am (2004, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012), to go along with previous championships in IMSA GTO (1986, 1988), Trans-Am Series (1987, 1994, 2003) and IMSA GT Endurance (1986).[2]

Pruett also worked for several years as a commentator for Champ Car races on Speed Channel.

Scott and his wife have also opened Pruett Vineyards[3] in Northern California. In November 2012 their Lucky Lauren Red was given a score of 93 points from Wine Spectator.[4]

Career[edit]

Pruett at the 2008 24 Hours of Daytona

1980s[edit]

Pruett began racing in karts at the age of eight. In 1984, he moved to sedan racing. His first victory took place in 1986, when he won the IMSA GTO Championship, which he would again win in 1988.[5] In 1987, Pruett won the SCCA Trans-Am Championship.[5] At the Indianapolis 500, he was the co-rookie of the year in 1989.

In 1989 and some seasons in the 1990s, Pruett started in the Indy 500s, but never won a position on the podium but started the race.

1990s[edit]

In pre-season testing for the 1990 season, Pruett was injured in a crash at Palm City Fairgrounds Speedway.[6]

Pruett won the opening round of the 1991 IROC series season at Daytona.[1] In 1994, Pruett joined Patrick Racing as a test driver for Firestone tires. The same year, he also won the IMSA 24 Hours at Daytona, and also won a second Trans-Am Series championship.[5]

For the next 4 years, Pruett continued driving Indy Cars for Patrick Racing and usually made the top ten in the series championship. In 1995 he won his first CART race at the Michigan 500 by beating Al Unser Jr by .56 seconds.[1] His best CART career championship finish was in 1998 finishing sixth in points with three podium finishes and one pole position.

In 1999, Pruett changed to Arciero-Wells and participated in the Toyota engine program development. He also earned Toyota's first pole on an oval (California Speedway) and earned Toyota's best qualifying effort on a road course at the current time (third at the Australian Grand Prix).

2000s[edit]

In 2000, Pruett raced the #32 Tide Ford for Cal Wells in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Replaced by Ricky Craven after the season, he briefly retired from NASCAR,[1] but returned in 2001 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTS Class in a factory Chevrolet Corvette C5-R.[1] The following year, he won the GTS class in the 24 Hours at Daytona and also joined Speed as a reporter. For them he covered the 2002 FedEx Championship Series as well as the Champ Car World Series in 2003. This year, Pruett also won the Trans-Am Championships in the Motorock Trans-Am Series for Rocketsports Racing.[5]

In 2004 Pruett was scheduled to run 3 races driving the #39 Target Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing and the #09 for James Finch. At Sonoma, Scott Pruett spent all his time in the top ten, leading one lap and nearly winning but finishing in 3rd spot behind his teammate Jamie McMurray. At Indianapolis Pruett found his #09 Dodge losing an engine and his race finishing in an abrupt end. At Watkins Glen Pruett did not qualify. At Watkins Glen in 2005, Pruett ran the 2005 Sirius at the Glen in the #40 Coors car for Ganassi after Sterling Marlin left the race to attend his father's funeral

In 2006 Pruett was placed on Chip Ganassi Racing's #41 Busch Series team for part-time and was sponsored by Juicy Fruit for 2 years.

In 2007, he won the overall race and Daytona Prototype in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Salvador Durán in the #01 Telmex, Target, Lexus Riley for Chip Ganassi Racing.[1] Later that same year he nearly won his first Nationwide Series victory at the Telcel-Motorola Mexico 200 at the Mexico City road course only to lose it in the closing laps when his Chip Ganassi teammate the aforementioned Juan Pablo Montoya spun him out and Montoya would win his first NASCAR race. Pruett would recover to a 5th place finish, his best Nationwide finish at that time. After the race however Pruett was none too pleased with his teammate stating, "that was...nasty, dirty driving".[7]

Later at Montreal in 2007, Pruett had a promising run and was in third spot on a restart with 3 laps left. Unfortunately in turn 1, he angered Kevin Harvick who was pushed out of bounds. In the next turn Harvick slapped Pruett who spun and collected Ron Fellows, Ron Hornaday Jr., Jeff Burton, Brad Coleman, Juan Montoya and Scott Wimmer. Harvick went on to win the race because of a fluke (Robby Gordon and Marcos Ambrose got into it) and after initially refusing to take responsibility Harvick apologized two days later for retaliating but was given a warning by NASCAR.[citation needed]

The year 2008 was very successful for Pruett. He drove the #40 Fastenal Dodge Charger for Chip Ganassi again in the NNS series sharing the ride with close friend Dario Franchitti who was trying out the NASCAR series. Pruett again almost won at Mexico City but ended up losing it in the waning laps to Kyle Busch and had one of his greatest NNS finishes with 3rd place. In qualifying the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal, Pruett claimed the pole.[8]

He won the overall race and in the Daytona Prototype Class at the 2008 Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park and also the Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype season championship. In the Daytona Prototype Class at the Mexico City 250 he made the second place overall. Moreover, Pruett won the closest finish in the history of Grand-Am at the time, beating Alex Gurney in the finish to the 2008 Brumos Porsche 250 held at Daytona International Speedway by 0.081 seconds, after 145 minutes of racing.

2010s[edit]

Pruett / Memo Rojas's 2011 Daytona Prototype

Pruett was racing for Chip Ganassi in the Grand-Am Series during the 2010 season. In July, Hendrick Motorsports chose him as a standby driver should Jeff Gordon have to miss Watkins Glen due to the birth of his son.[9] Pruett, combined with Memo Rojas, won 9 of 12 races to win another Grand-Am Rolex Championship. The nine victories was a series record.

In 2011, Pruett won the 24 Hours of Daytona, his fourth overall victory in the event.[10]

In 2012, Scott Pruett was one of the Commentators for Speed Channel's coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Pruett once again led Ganassi Racing to their 3rd Rolex Series Championship in-a-row with Co-driver Memo Rojas. The team put the #01 Telmex BMW Riley on the podium for 9 out of 14 races, top five for 10 out of 14 races with only 2 wins on the season, besting 2nd place Ryan Dalziel by 12 points. This year's results mark Ganassi's 4th title in 5 years, and Pruett's 5th Rolex title.

In 2013 Pruett opened on a strong note, winning the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona with co-drivers Memo Rojas, Juan Pablo Montoya, and Charlie Kimball. 2013 marks his fifth win at the annual endurance race, tying the legendary Hurley Haywood for most victories in the grueling twice around the clock race. Despite some serious set-backs during the 2013 season, including accruing 0 points at Detroit, the Championship came down to the last race, with the 01 Ganassi Team taking the Team Title, but Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli taking the Driver's Title under Wayne Taylor Racing/Velocity Worldwide, with Pruett and Rojas taking 2nd place in the Driver's Standings.

In 2014, Pruett will compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship for a full season with longtime co-driver Memo Rojas in the Prototype Class.

Motorsports career results[edit]

12 Hours of Sebring results[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Complete V8 Supercar results[edit]

+ Not Eligible for points
† Non Championship Races

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Sprint Cup Series[edit]

Nationwide Series[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Phillips, John (October 2007). "World's Fastst Landscaper". Car and Driver (Hachette Filipacchi Media). Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Pruett, Scott. "About Pruett Vineyard". Pruett Vineyard. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Worobiec, MaryAnn. "10 Affordable California Rhônes". Wine Spectator. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d Biebrich, Richard (February 28, 2004). "Pruett Chasing A New Challenge". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Scott Pruett Injured In Crash At Fairgrounds". The Seattle Times. March 16, 1990. Retrieved 2013-06-11. 
  7. ^ Grillo, Ioan (March 5, 2007). "Montoya wins Busch Telcel-Motorola 200". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  8. ^ "Another Montreal Pole For Pruett". Motor Racing Network. 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2013-10-23. 
  9. ^ Pockrass, Bob (August 6, 2010). "Jeff Gordon happy to have road-course ace Scott Pruett as backup driver with baby on the way". NASCAR Scene. Retrieved 2011-01-31. 
  10. ^ Dagys, John (January 30, 2011). "ROLEX 24: Ganassi Goes Big With Rolex 1–2". Speed Channel. Retrieved 2011-01-30. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Terry Borcheller
Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Champion
2004
with Max Papis
Succeeded by
Max Angelelli
Wayne Taylor
Preceded by
Jon Fogarty
Alex Gurney
Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Champion
2008
with Memo Rojas
Succeeded by
Jon Fogarty
Alex Gurney
Preceded by
Jon Fogarty
Alex Gurney
Grand-Am Daytona Prototype Champion
2010, 2011, 2012
with Memo Rojas
Succeeded by
Jordan Taylor
Max Angelelli
Achievements
Preceded by
Bill Vukovich III
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1989
with Bernard Jourdain
Succeeded by
Eddie Cheever