Scott Pruett
American racing driver
Scott Pruett
Scott Donald Pruett 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, and went on to win ten professional karting championships.
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Ganassi Racing takes Rolex 24 at Daytona
Chicago Times - about 4 years
Scott Pruett ties overall record with 5th title DAYTONA BEACH — In one of the most dominating performances in years at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona sports-car endurance race, the No. 01 Ganassi Racing BMW Riley Daytona Prototype, led by 52-year-old driver Scott Pruett, cranked out a near-flawless 709 laps, giving Pruett a record-tying fifth overall victory Sunday. Pruett is tied with Jacksonville's Hurley Haywood, who has retired from driving but was this year's grand marshal.
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Defending champions battle back from 7 laps down, close in on leader Scott Pruett at Rolex 24
Fox News - about 4 years
The defending Rolex 24 champions have rallied from a huge deficit at Daytona International Speedway.
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Brumos wins GT title, Pruett/Rojas repeat as Starworks wins Mid-Ohio - Racer
Google News - over 5 years
DP was a fairly straightforward affair with Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas (RIGHT) completing enough time to guarantee the TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates duo won its third title in four seasons. Starworks Motorsports took the overall
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Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas repeat - ESPN
Google News - over 5 years
AP LEXINGTON, Ohio -- Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas repeated as Grand-Am Rolex Series champions Saturday after finishing second in the season finale at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The co-drivers of the No. 01 BMW/Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix
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Fogarty Wins Pole At Mid-Ohio - RacinToday.com
Google News - over 5 years
Rojas, co-driver with Scott Pruett of the championship-leading No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley, qualified seventh with a lap of 1:18.001 at 104.214 mph. Angelelli and Taylor trail Pruett and Rojas by 20 points in the driver's
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GRAND-AM: GAINSCO Leads Opening Practice At Mid-Ohio - SPEEDtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas head into tomorrow's two-hour and 45-minute race with a 20-point lead over SunTrust's Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. The Ganassi pair will only need to complete the first 30 minutes to be crowned champions
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No big names can replace memories of Mr. Mid-Ohio Warren Stilwell - Mansfield News Journal
Google News - over 5 years
I've seen Scott Pruett, Boris Said, Butch Leitzinger and Ron Fellows do what makes them so special on road courses. I've seen John Heinricy lap the entire field in less than 20 laps and do so in the rain. I've seen old-timers like Gil de Ferran retire
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GRAND-AM: Ganassi On Verge Of Fifth DP Title - SPEEDtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas head to next month's EMCO Gears Classic with momentum on their side.. Chip Ganassi seeks his fifth GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype tile. (Photo: LAT) The "odds" have finally caught up with Chip Ganassi
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GRANDAM: SunTrust Racing Watkins Glen race report - Motorsport.com
Google News - over 5 years
Angelelli finished 2.517 seconds ahead of Scott Pruett as SunTrust Racing led 77 of the 100 laps en route to its third victory of the season. Ricky Taylor won the pole for the sixth consecutive race, one shy of the all-time DP record, and led the first ... - -
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What makes them so good at The Glen? - Corning Leader
Google News - over 5 years
“We've always known what kind of feel we need in happy hour to be good in the race,” said Stewart, whose five wins at The Glen ranks third all-time behind Scott Pruett and Ron Fellows (six apiece) and Hurley Haywood (seven). “Once you've figured that
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PHOTOS: GRAND-AM Watkins Glen Friday Gallery - SPEEDtv.com
Google News - over 5 years
Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas lead way in final one-hour session... The Motor Sports Authority, SPEED and associated logos are registered trademarks of Speed Channel Inc. All external links will open in a new browser window. SPEED.com does not endorse
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Timeline
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    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    2016 Will see Pruett depart CGR.
    More Details Hide Details Pruett has joined with Paul Gentilozzi who will be fielding a Lexus RC F GT3 in the WeatherTech United SportsCar Championship. The team will not be ready for competition until sometime after the 12 Hours of Sebring. He was later announced that he'll be driving for Action Express Racing part-time for the season until the team is well prepared. key) + Not Eligible for points † Non Championship Races key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)
  • 2015
    Age 54
    In 2015 Joey Hand joined Pruett in the 01 for the full season.
    More Details Hide Details The team saw some very disappointing results early in the year due to the aging Riley chassis being outclassed by the Corvette Daytona Prototype. However, despite not having won a race until late in the season, the 01 had remained consistent enough to be in the championship battle by the last race of the season Petit Le Mans. By the end of the rain-shortened race only 8 points separated the top 4 teams Ganassi taking the 4th spot.
  • 2014
    Age 53
    In 2014, Pruett competed in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship for a full season with longtime co-driver Memo Rojas in the Prototype Class.
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  • 2013
    Age 52
    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 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.
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  • 2012
    Age 51
    In 2012, Scott Pruett was one of the Commentators for Speed Channel's coverage of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2011
    Age 50
    In 2011, Pruett won the 24 Hours of Daytona, his fourth overall victory in the event.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2010
    Age 49
    Pruett was racing for Chip Ganassi in the Grand-Am Series during the 2010 season.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Pruett, combined with Memo Rojas, won 9 of 12 races to win another Grand-Am Rolex Championship. The nine victories was a series record.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    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 .081 seconds, after 145 minutes of racing.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details In the Daytona Prototype Class at the Mexico City 250 he made the second place overall.
    The 2008 NAPA 200 in Montreal is his last career start in the NASCAR Xfinity series.
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    The year 2008 was very successful for Pruett.
    More Details Hide Details He drove the #40 Fastenal-sponsored 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 dominated the Mexico City Nationwide series event, but lost the lead with 8 laps to go during a battle with Kyle Busch. Pruett finished 3rd - his career-best finish in the Nationwide series. In qualifying the NAPA Auto Parts 200 at Montreal, Pruett claimed the pole.
  • 2007
    Age 46
    Later at Montreal in 2007, Pruett had a promising run and was in third spot on a restart with 3 laps left.
    More Details Hide Details In the first turn a hard-charging Kevin Harvick slammed into the back of Pruett who spun and collected Ron Fellows, Ron Hornaday Jr., Jeff Burton, Brad Coleman, and Scott Wimmer. Pruett recovered from the spin and was running 4th on the final lap but ran out of gas, finishing 14th after leading 9 laps. To add insult to injury, Harvick won the race. The next week at Watkins Glen, Pruett was running 3rd with less than 30 laps to go and got a speeding penalty on pit road. After slipping to 33rd after the penalty, Pruett spent the rest of the race charging back towards the lead. Pruett was running 11th on the final lap but got spun out by fellow road racer Ron Fellows, throwing both of them into the final-turn gravel trap. Pruett recovered for an 18th-place finish while Fellows finished 24th.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • 2006
    Age 45
    In 2006 Pruett returned to the Busch series in the #1 car for James Finch.
    More Details Hide Details Pruett had a promising race at Watkins Glen during the Zippo 200, starting 2nd and finishing 10th. He drove the #40 car for the road course races in Cup as well. Pruett managed to take advantage of a last-lap crash to charge from 12th place to finish 6th during the final lap of the AMD at the Glen.
  • 2005
    Age 44
    However he 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.
    More Details Hide Details Starting 43rd due to the driver change, Pruett charged through the field to finish 4th after briefly contending for the win.
    At Watkins Glen in 2005, Pruett originally didn't qualify the #39 car due to rain.
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  • 2004
    Age 43
    In 2004 Pruett was scheduled to run 3 races driving the #39 Target-spnsored Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing and the #09 for James Finch.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2003
    Age 42
    The next year in 2003 Pruett drove the #39 Ganassi car at Watkins Glen and finished second-his career-best finish.
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    He then moved back to sports car racing and won his third Trans-Am Series Championship in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details 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). 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 in Northern California. In November 2012 their Lucky Lauren Red was given a score of 93 points from Wine Spectator. Scott is well known for his trackside interviews, frequently interjecting the greeting "Hi to my family at home" mid-sentence when answering a question.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    In 2002 at Watkins Glen, Pruett replaced Jimmy Spencer in the #41 car for a one-race deal.
    More Details Hide Details Pruett started 19th and spent most of the race in the top ten. He finished 6th.
    For them he covered the 2002 FedEx Championship Series as well as the Champ Car World Series in 2003.
    More Details Hide Details This year, Pruett also won the Trans-Am Championships in the Motorock Trans-Am Series for Rocketsports Racing.
  • 2001
    Age 40
    Replaced by Ricky Craven after the season, he briefly retired from NASCAR, but returned in 2001 to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans LMGTS Class in a factory Chevrolet Corvette C5-R. The following year, he won the GTS class in the 24 Hours at Daytona and also joined Speed as a reporter.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2000
    Age 39
    In 2000, Pruett raced the #32 Tide-sponsored Ford for Cal Wells in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series.
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  • 1999
    Age 38
    In 1999, Pruett changed to Arciero-Wells and participated in the Toyota engine program development.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
  • 1998
    Age 37
    His best CART career championship finish was in 1998 finishing sixth in points with three podium finishes and one pole position.
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  • 1995
    Age 34
    In 1995 he was in contention for the Indy 500 until crashing late with 18 to go, although soon he won his first CART race at the Michigan 500 by beating Al Unser Jr by .56 seconds.
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  • 1994
    Age 33
    In 1994, Pruett joined Patrick Racing as a test driver for Firestone tires.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, he also won the IMSA 24 Hours at Daytona, and also won a second Trans-Am Series championship. For the next 4 years, Pruett continued driving Indy Cars for Patrick Racing and usually made the top ten in the series championship.
  • 1991
    Age 30
    Pruett won the opening round of the 1991 IROC series season at Daytona.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1990
    Age 29
    While driving for the Truesports racing team, on March 16, 1990, during pre-season testing for the 1990 season, Pruett suffered leg and back injuries in a crash at Palm Beach International Raceway (formerly Moroso Motorsports Park).
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  • 1989
    Age 28
    At the Indianapolis 500, he was the co-rookie of the year in 1989, recording his best finish in four starts in the race, 10th, driving for Truesports.
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  • 1987
    Age 26
    In 1987, Pruett won the SCCA Trans-Am Championship.
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  • 1986
    Age 25
    His first victory took place in 1986, when he won the IMSA GTO Championship, which he would again win in 1988.
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  • 1984
    Age 23
    Pruett began racing in karts at the age of eight. In 1984, he moved to sedan racing.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1960
    Born
    Born in 1960.
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