New Improvements to The Glen Receive High Marks during Testing
GRAND-AM Continental Tire Drivers Expect Great Racing this Season at WGI
By: WGI Staff on 4/28/2010
The green flag for the 2010 Continental Tire 150 drops at 10:15 AM on Saturday, June 5.
In preparation for the upcoming Continental Tire 150 during the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, June 4-6, several drivers from the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge made a stop at Watkins Glen International to test their equipment. The testing not only provided valuable information for the race in June but also made them the first professional drivers to test at WGI since major changes were made in several of the turns around the legendary road course. It took only one hour of testing for the drivers to see the positive impact the improvements will likely make to the quality of racing this coming season.
“I think you are going to have a lot more green flag racing due to these changes,” said Barry Waddell, co-driver of the No.99 BMW M3 Coupe for Automatic Racing and winner of the 2000 Rolex Series SRP race at The Glen. “Watkins Glen has always been a challenge but these changes will help us go a little quicker and have tighter racing which is great for the spectators.”
The testing session included the No. 99 and the No. 44 Porsche Cayman of Magnus Racing driven by John Potter and Craig Stanton. While Stanton, the 2005 Rolex Series GT champion and 2004 Continental Tire Grand Sport champion, did not get a lot of time in the car during the morning test session it did not diminish his level of excitement or that of David Russell, co-driver of the No. 99, for the upcoming race at The Glen.
“There is no shortage of excitement coming here,” Stanton said. “I’m always excited about coming to Watkins Glen. The fans know the history and have stories about all of the great races that have run here. They really get into the races and embrace the sport.”
“There are a few tracks that are at the top of our list each year and Watkins Glen is one of them,” said Russell. “I think fans can expect a lot more green flag racing with the removal of the gravel traps which should make for a great show.”
The temperatures at The Soul of American Road Racing during the morning test session hovered around 50 degrees which is much cooler than the temperatures expected during the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend in June but that did not concern Stanton.
“Even though we have different conditions now than when we come back in June was can learn still learn a lot from testing,” said Stanton. “This allows us to put together a process that will help us in the future regardless of temperature changes. We can try to figure out the best way to evaluate the car and make changes in a shorter amount of time.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen will be jam-packed with racing excitement and at an affordable price for the entire family. Tickets are $35 and kids 15 and under are FREE with the purchase of an adult ticket. The on-track action will include the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen on the morning of Saturday, June 5 and will be followed by the 29th Running of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen later that afternoon. The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and GRAND-Am Continental Tire Sports Call Challenge will be supported by the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge to make this a weekend that no sports car racing fan should miss!
Tickets for the entire 2010 season including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at The Glen, August 5-8, and Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen, July 2-4, weekends are on sale now! Fans can purchase tickets by calling the Watkins Glen International ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. Tickets, gift certificates and track merchandise can all be purchased at The Shop located at 2 North Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen. The Shop is open Monday-Friday 9-5, Saturday 9-4, and is closed Sunday.