Gurney/ Fogarty Take Win at Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen

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In what played out as more of a sprint than an endurance race, the team of Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty won today's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Driving the #99 Gainsco Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley, they finished 7.069sec ahead of the team of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the #01 TELMEX Lexus Riley. The winners covered 167 laps in a time of 6:01:39.607 at an average speed of 94.199mph. Rounding out the top 5 were Max Angelelli and Jonathan Cochet (#10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley), John Pew and Ian James (#6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley) and Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn (#76 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley) Said winner Gurney: "Our pit stops were good and our strategy finally worked out okay." He went on, "Our car was just too good today and I'm glad we capitalized on it because I almost blew it there at the beginning of the race." said Gurney, commenting on a small off-track excursion he had early in the contest. He and his team mate Fogarty led a total of 91 laps. In the GT category, Andy Lally, RJ Valentine and Spencer Pumbelly covered 160 laps in 6:02:26.986 at an average speed of 90.054mph and won, driving the #66CRG/ Maxter/ Rotax/ MBA/ NFP/ F1Air Porsche GT3 Cup. They finished 2.549sec ahead of Bryce Miller and Dirk Werner in the #87 Marquis Jet/ IPC/ Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup. Rounding out the top 5 were Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins (#07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R), Steve Johnson and Richard Westbrook (#81 EMC Mechanical/ Gamewell Mechanical Porsche GT3 Cup) and Carlos de Quesada, Jean-Francois Dumoulin and Scooter Gabel (#26 todaymd.com/ Gatorade Porsche GT3 Cup. Andy Lally summarized his team's day: "We had a super job, we had a super car, my team-mates did a super job. I want to thank my guys for making this thing a bullet. We were able to hold off Dirk on older tires. It was just an unbelievable day to win in New York, my home state." Lally and his team mate led 29 laps, compared to 61 laps for the second-place finishers. Some of the drivers did not start the race with the idea of saving their machinery for the long haul. Right from the green flag, Patrick Long, in the #23 Ruby Tuesday Porsche Crawford, made a move on the inside of Scott Pruett (#01 TELMEX Lexus Riley) that pushed Pruett all the way down to seventh place. Moments later, the same two drivers would find themselves stuck in the gravel trap at the Inner Loop. Long spun out on his own and Pruett took evasive action after the cars in front of him slowed dramatically. During the ensuing full-course yellow, almost the entire field, including the GT field, headed to the pits to top off their fuel. The next full course caution flew on lap 22 as Lawson Aschenbach (#30 Racers Edge Motorsports Pontiac GXP.R) spun and hit the outside wall right in front Scott Pruett while exiting turn 9. Aschenbach's machine came to rest in the middle of the track. Leader Alex Gurney (#99 Gainsco Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley) pitted for routine service and returned to the track in the lead. The green flag waved again on lap 30, only for the yellows to return before the end of one circuit. Two GT cars tangled at the Inner Loop, bringing out the full course yellow again. After the first hour of racing, Alex Gurney was still in the lead. The top 5 places were held by Alex Gurney (#99 Gainsco Auto Insurance Pontiac Riley ), Max Angelelli (#10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley) , Darren Law (#58 Red Bull/Brumos Porsche Riley), Bill Auberlin (#05 Luggage Express/ Sigalsport BMW Riley) and Oswaldo Negri Jr. (#60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley). In the GT category, Paul Edwards (#07 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R) was first in class and 17th overall. Rounding out the top five in class were Sylvan Tremblay (#70 MazdaSpeed Mazda RX-8), Andy Lally (#66 CRG/ Maxter/ Rotax/ MBA/ NFP/ F1Air Porsche GT3 Cup), Emil Assentato (#69 FXDD Mazda RX-8) and Kevin O'Connell (#27 O'Connell Racing Porsche GT3 Cup). The running order began to get shuffled during the second hour of

the race. Leader Alex Gurney (#99) made a short excursion into the grass and began to experience overheating. While Gurney pitted on lap 36, Max Angelelli (#10) took the lead. After an hour and a half of racing, Patrick Long (#23) had worked his way back up into the top 10 while Scott Pruett (#01) was running 18 th. On lap 48, front running Sylvain Tremblay caused another caution when his #70 MazdaSpeed SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 hit the outside tire barrier exiting the Inner Loop. "It was a hard hit," said Tremblay. "We think something broke in the suspension." Almost simultaneously Memo Gidley (#77 Kodak Ford Doran) brushed the wall in turn 7. During the full course caution many teams headed for the pits for service and driver changes. The overall running order after two hours was Jonathan Cochet (#10 Sun Trust Pontiac Riley), Alex Gurney (#99), David Donohue (#58 Red Bull/ Brumos Porsche Riley), Joey Hand(#05) and Mark Patterson (#60 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley). On lap 58, crew members and fans around the track waved their commemorative "Brumos Racing #58 and #59 Salute to the life of Bob Snodgrass" flags in memory of the late team owner and friend. (See related stories) On lap 59, a moment of silence was observed in his honor as well. On lap 59, Wayne Nonnamaker (#43 HRPworld.com Team Sahlen Corvette) spun into the gravel trap in turn 10; his rear deck and wing assembly folding over the roof of the car. During the ensuing full course caution, Alex Gurney handed off his car to team mate Jon Fogarty. David Donohue (#58 Bed Bull/ Brumos Porsche Riley) took the lead from Marc Goossens (#91 Riley-Matthews Motorsports Pontiac Riley) on lap 73 as they weaved through traffic on the back of the track. Six laps later, Goossens retook the lead from Donohue. Donohue would continue to hound Goossens until lap 90, when he was able to take the lead again. Goossens would be forced to pit with damage to the right rear of his car following the close-quarters dicing with Donohue and then Jon Fogarty (#99). Just before the half way point (lap 80) the overall leaders in were Goossens, Donohue, Antonio Garcia (#39 Crown Royal Special Reserve Porsche Fabcar), Max Papis (#75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley) and Brian Frisselle (#61 Exchange Traded Gold Lexus Riley). In the GT class, Bryce Miller (#87 Marquis Jet/ IPC/ Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup) held the point over Spencer Pumpelly (#66 CRG/ Maxter/ Rotax/ MBA/ NFP/ F1Air Porsche GT3 Cup), Todd Snyder (#69 FXDD Mazda RX-8), Robin Liddell (#72 Tomos/ Dunkel Bros/ ANCA/ North South Machinery Porsche GT3 Cup) and Tim Lewis, Jr. (#06 Banner Engineering Pontiac GXP.R). Soon after, on lap 81, Garcia (#39) began slowing on the track. The leaders would complete 3 laps before Garcia could make it back to his pit. His team would lose a total 7 laps before repairs could be completed. The seventh caution of the day flew on lap 104 as Nathan Swartzbaugh (#72) got his Porsche stuck in the gravel trap in turn 5. At this point, Fogarty was leading in the #99 and Scott Pruett was up to sixth. On lap 108, GT class pole-sitter Paul Edwards was penalized for contact he had with the #69 Mazda earlier in the race. After 4 hours and 110 laps of extremely close racing, Jon Fogarty (#99) held the overall lead. One lap later Pruett moved into third ahead of David Donohue (#58) and Scott Pruett (#01). As the hour passed Max Angelelli (#10), Alex Gurney (#99) and Ian James (#6) would all hold or battle for the lead, in what was shaping up to be a six hour sprint race! Incredibly, after 4:57:30 and 139laps, the top six cars are separated by less than 5 seconds, with the leader Ian James (#6) holding a mere 1.350sec lead. Andy Lally (#66) was holding the top spot in the GT class by just over a second. With 50 minutes to go, an extended caution period ensued after two GT cars (the #97 Corvette and the #65 Porsche) tangled in turn 9, partially blocking the track, with parts strewn all over the

area. As the cars circulated the track behind the pace car with 45 minutes to go in the grueling Six Hour contest, none other than Scott Pruett (#01) was in the lead. He had been all the way down in last place after the first lap of the race and had methodically worked his way back to the front. When the green was waved with 26 minutes to go, and 151 laps raced, Pruett lead over Alex Gurney. Gurney would out-break his rival to grab the lead one lap later as they raced into turn one. That turned out to be the decisive move of the race. The Daytona Prototype class had 9 caution periods for 48 laps. 8 cars and 11 drivers lead during the event, with 17 lead changes. Scott Pruett now leads the championship by 7 points over Max Angelelli (180-173). In the GT class, 10 cars and 14 drivers led. They too had 17 lead changes. Dirk Werner now leads their championship with 204 points.

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