DAYTONA BEACH — Scott Pruett has a chance to stand alone atop the Daytona record books. To pull off the feat, he will have to win with an unfamiliar group.
Pruett goes into the 24 Hours of Daytona, which starts today and ends Sunday, trying for a record sixth overall victory. He is tied at five with Hurley Haywood.
But, having parted ways with Chip Ganassi Racing after 12 years, Pruett is in a new environment. He joins Action Express Racing, which claimed overall victory in 2014 then won Sebring and Petit Le Mans last season. Full-time drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa are also the two-time series defending champions of the prototype class.
For Pruett, who turns 56 in March, taking the job wasn't necessarily about breaking Haywood's record. The former NASCAR and IndyCar driver viewed it as the best available seat in a year of transition.
"I've never really paid attention to records and all that stuff," he said. "It's great to have them when you look back, but I want to go win."
St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais, an IndyCar regular, has gone the other direction, joining Ganassi after racing for Action Express. Bourdais joins Dirk Muller and Joey Hand in a GT Le Mans class Ford.
Wayne Taylor Racing added former Formula One and IndyCar driver Rubens Barrichello to its lineup because Jordan Taylor has not been feeling well.