Ganassi Sweeps Top Two Spots at Daytona

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Byline: Mark Long AP Sports Writer

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- America's longest endurance race came down to a one-lap sprint.

No surprise, the winner ended up being the guy with more wins in the Grand-Am Series than anybody else.

Three-time and defending series champion Scott Pruett drove the last leg of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and held off Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon during a final restart.

Pruett's smooth restart helped him pull away from Dixon and third-place finisher Joao Barbosa after the green-white restart and clinch the Daytona Prototype class by 2.42 seconds. It was Pruett's 32nd win in the series and his fourth Rolex 24 victory (1994, 2007, 2008). It could be his most meaningful, too.

This one capped the "Ganassi Slam."

Ganassi became the only car owner to win the four biggest races in the United States during a 12-month period. His drivers won the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Brickyard 400 last year. …