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Published on June 19th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith


Pruett In For Sorenson At Infineon

I was reading Tim Z.’s post over at Do You NASCAR? on Chip Ganassi Racing’s decision to put Scott Pruett in the No. 41 for Reed Sorenson.

Tim wrote:

My gripe on this one doesn’t necessarily lie so much with the addition of Pruett to the team for the road course race, but moreso with the seclusion of Sorenson. I’m a huge advocate of the theory that if you hired a guy to be your driver, then for Pete’s sake, let him drive! It may seem like an unlikely scenario at this point in Sorenson’s career, but what happens if the day comes that Sorenson is competing to make the coveted Chase field?

He goes on to point out that this is not the case this year, but it could be down the road.

But, with all due respect, I disagree. I think that Ganassi has to do everything he can to keep the No. 41 in the top 35 in owner’s points. Pruett gives him a much better shot at doing that at Infineon Raceway.

Looking at this year’s stats, I would say Sorenson is on the hot seat in that No. 41. He’s finished 31st or worse in nine of 15 races, and 20th or worse in 12 out of 15 races. Removing Sorenson this weekend might be an indication of his status in the team. He’s got to be in jeopardy of losing his seat.

In this case, I think Ganassi is right for pulling Sorenson from the seat this weekend. Especially if Sorenson is not in CGR’s long term plans. 

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2 Responses to Pruett In For Sorenson At Infineon

  1. doyounascar says:

    I can certainly see your point about the top-35, and it’s not one that I overlooked. But, the fact of the matter is that Ganassi replaces one of his drivers with Pruett nearly every year when the series heads to Sonoma or the Glen, so this definitely isn’t a one off deal. To me, it’s more an indication of Chip’s focus and dedication to his open wheel programs over his NASCAR teams.

    Tim Z

  2. leadlap says:

    Hmm. He usually swaps the driver out of the car that is most in danger of losing out of the top 35 in points. Before, he would bring out the No. 39 car for Pruett to drive, instead of displacing his regular drivers. I think the difference, now, is that he’s concerned about Sorenson staying in the top 35.

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