Watkins Glen International is Home to Many Drivers of the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen
Driver Entries Include NY State Residents from Montour Falls to Buffalo
By: WGI Staff on 5/20/2010
Several New York State drivers will battle in the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen in the hopes of taking their turn in Gatorade Victory Lane at their home track on Saturday, June 5.
During the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen event weekend, June 4-6, there will be over 50 cars fighting for position during the Continental Tire 150 but several drivers will be racing for more than just a trip to Gatorade Victory Lane – they will be trying to claim victory at their home track. At least five drivers that currently live in New York State are expected to enter the race and try to win in-front of their friends and families at their home track. The green flag will drop on the Continental Tire 150 on Saturday, June 5, at 10:15 AM.
JBS Motorsports can be found in Montour Falls, NY which is only about five miles from the historic race track. The team has become one of the top teams in the series having finished second in the final class standings each of the last two years. Not only is the shop located in the area but is operated by two Schuyler County residents, owner Jim Seafuse and his son Bret, who teams with James Gue to co-drive the No. 11 Mustang Boss 302R. JBS Motorsports has raced to one Top-5, one Top-10, and two Top-15 finishes so far in 2010 and is currently tied for tenth place in the season standings. While the results to date have been strong both members of the Seafuse family cannot wait to get to The Glen.
“Coming home to WGI is always exciting for me. This is where I learned to race,” said Bret. “After seeing many other tracks, I can say Watkins Glen is still my favorite place to race. We are very fortunate to have a race track of this caliber 10 minutes from our shop. It would mean so much to win here in front of our friends and family. We have put ourselves in a good position several times but just couldn't get a little bit of luck. Maybe this will be our year.”
“After being born and raised in Montour Falls it sure would be great to get a win at our home track,” said Jim. “Having a track as nice as Watkins Glen and having it in our backyard is a big plus for us. It seems that we are always in the running but don't quite get there, maybe this will be our year.”
JBS Motorsports and the Seafuse family are not the only teams and drivers located so close to The Soul of American Road Racing as two other drivers reside less than 30 minutes away in Horseheads, NY. Mark Ackley fields two Mustang GTs in the series and also drives the No. 17 ASKCO Inc. Consulting Group entry. He started off quickly with two Top-16 finishes before running into some bad luck resulting in back-to-back 29th place finishes so he and his team are due for a solid finish. Sam Schultz co-drives the No. 24 BMW 330i V-Pack Motorsports and claimed 9th place in the season opening race at Daytona International Speedway before running into some disappointing finishes in his next two races.
One of the largest teams in regards to number of expected entries is the Walworth, NY-based Next Generation Motorsports owned by Jeff Bock. The team has already scored points with the No. 36, No. 24, and No. 39 BMW 330s and the No. 64 is expected to be added into the mix at WGI. Bock’s excitement about returning to The Glen has not been tempered at all by the team’s slow start.
“A win at Watkins Glen would be phenomenal. My goal when running four cars in a race is to have all of them finish and have at least two of them finish in the Top 10 regardless of where we are racing,” said Bock. “We finished 7th in class at Watkins Glen in 2009 so we are getting close to finally getting a win at our home track.”
Another NY State residential driver, also considered one of the legendary road course’s biggest and most important sponsors, can be found in nearby Buffalo, NY. Joe Sahlen, owner of Sahlen’s Packaging Company Inc. and title sponsor of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, will co-drive the No. 43 Mazda Speed 3 with two-time Continental Tire Challenge class winner Will Nonnamaker. It will be a long day of racing for the teammates as they compete in both the Continental Tire and Rolex Sports Car Series. This mean they will race in the Continental Tire 150 in the morning and then hit the twists and turns of WGI again only a few hours later in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Sahlen made his professional racing debut in the Continental Tire Sport Car Challenge in 2005 and has already claimed two Top-10 and three Top-15 class finishes so far in 2010. He has been the GRAND-AM race weekend’s title sponsor since 2003.
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-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 9-4.
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