The American Way

Mark Gillies

The Pro's View
Scott Pruett has raced in every major American topline racing series, from NASCAR to IMSA GTP to CART. The three-time Grand-Am DP title winner has some trenchant views on the series.

What's the appeal of Grand-Am to you?
Because I've been around so long, I've seen what happens when automakers have spent a lot of money and wrecked series. If Audi or Peugeot pulled out of the Le Mans Series, it would crush it. Here, if a maker or a team pulls out, it's just a little bump in the road. Now that I'm coming to the end of my career, I think, "What do we need in order to have sustainability in road racing?" I want to see people like Memo [Rojas] have a career. And I think the France family [NASCAR's owners] have seen the need for sustainability in road racing by keeping a handle on the rules to keep costs down.

Do you see new fans coming in?
There's a core group of people who love road racing, but the sport has never moved beyond them. You've got to make the product simple to understand and entertaining. I've got friends who aren't rabid fans, but they come to the races and love the action.

What do you say to critics of Ganassi dominating the DP class last season?
Well, there's a specific way to race these cars, and you have to stick to it. Some big names like Childress and Penske have come in and struggled here. We're still using one car that we ran back in 2004, for instance. -- MG

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