For the second time this season, Alex Gurney earned the pole position for his team driving the #99 Gainsco Auto Insurance Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley. Gurney's pole speed of 117.831mph beat out the speed turned in by Scott Pruett driving the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley (117.308mph). Patrick Long (#23 Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford), Max Angelelli (#10 Sun Trust Racing Pontiac Riley) and 18 year-old Colin Braun (#75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley) rounded out the top 5 starting positions for Saturday's six hour event.
"Our car works very well here," said an enthusiastic Gurney. "We love coming here. Ever since we got here, our car has been pretty much magic," he continued.
Scott Pruett is equally excited about his prospects tomorrow. "It's going to be a great show for the fans; I think our car is better over the long runs"
In the GT category, Paul Edwards (#07 Banner Engineering Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R.) rode the momentum of a win by his team at Lime Rock Park to capture the top spot ( 107.535mph) ahead of Wolf Henzler (#07 Banner Engineering Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R.) who covered the 3.4 mile Grand Prix course at 107.430mph.
Road Racing fans were treated to 6 different classes of racing action at Watkins Glen International today. Opening things up were the single-seaters of the Skip Barber Racing Series, followed by the SCCA F2000 Championship Series cars. Headlining the action were the Daytona Prototypes (DP) and the Grand Touring (GT) cars of the Rolex Sports Car Series. Closing out the action at The Soul of American Road Racing were the SPEED World Challenge GT and Touring Cars.
In the morning practice for the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen, Alex Gurney lead the way in his #99 Gainsco Auto Insurance Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Pontiac Riley with a lap of 117.657mph. This was 0.5mph ahead of the #01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates Lexus Riley driven by Scott Pruett. Leading the GT class were Bryce Miller, Dirk Werner and Craig Stanton in their #87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Recaro Farnbacher Loles Motorsports Porsche with a lap of 107.383mph.
During the afternoon practice, #99 Alex Gurney laid down the gauntlet again, setting fast time of the session (117.322mph) ahead of Patrick Long in the #23 Ruby Tuesday Alex Job Racing Porsche Crawford ( 116.763mph). Leading the way in the GT class was the #07 Banner Engineering Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R., driven by Wolf Henzler (106.785mph), ahead of Paul Edwards in the #07 Banner Engineering Banner Racing Pontiac GXP.R .