Alex Gurney, driving the Giansco Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley, shattered the Daytona Prototype track record today at Watkins Glen International. Gurney and teammate Jon Fogarty, will lead the field to the green flag for tomorrow's Crown Royal 200 at The Glen. Alex, son of racing legend Dan Gurney, went out in the first of two qualifying sessions, setting and re-setting a new track record with each lap. His pole time of 1:07.496 (130.674 mph) was nearly a second faster than the old record.
With a time to shoot for, Ryan Briscoe and Mike Rockenfeller (Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports Porsche Crawford) tried to knock the second generation driver off his perch. Running in the second group, each was able to post a time under 1:08, but they came up just short. Briscoe (teamed with Max Angelelli in the Sun Trust Pontiac), who finished third in June¿s Sahlen¿s Six Hours of The Glen and the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix, will start on the outside front row. His time of 1:07.580 (130.512 mph) was just a fraction ahead of Rockenfeller¿s 1:07.750 (130.185 mph).
Conditions were ideal for quick times today, as nine cars broke the old track record of 1:08.409 (128.930 mph), set last August by Fabrizio Gollin. With so many cars covered by less than a second, and similar weather conditions, tomorrow¿s Crown Royal 200 at The Glen has all the makings of a record-setting, thrilling race.