WGI Featured on "The Edge: GRAND-AM Road Racing" TV Show
Episode includes History of Racing in Watkins Glen and 2010 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen
By: WGI Staff on 11/12/2010
The 29th Running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen and the rivalry between GAINSCO and Ganassi will be highlighted during "The Edge: GRAND-AM Road Racing" on Sunday.
This episode looks at the rivalry between TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, culminating in an altercation in the first turn of the opening lap in the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. Entering the race with three consecutive victories, Ganassi duo Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas received a blow to their championship aspirations in the incident.
The scene then shifts to Watkins Glen, NY. Daytona Prototype teammates Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney - in a Corvette - and David Donohue and Darren Law - in a Porsche - tour the original 6.6-mile circuit that held the first sports car race in North America following World War II. The show features plenty of archival footage from the races through the village and the permanent circuit, which hosted Formula One racing from 1961 through 1980.
Only five days following the Lime Rock incident, the Ganassi and GAINSCO drivers found themselves both on the front row for the start of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Pruett and Rojas went on to score an unprecedented third consecutive victory in the legendary endurance race, while Kevin Buckler's TRG Porsche GT3 captured GT honors.
The closing moments of the Sahlen's Six Hours sets the stage for episode four. Brian Frisselle's Ford/Riley is engulfed in flames entering pit road late in the race. Michael Shank Racing's efforts to secure and then prepare a replacement car for the team's home state race at Mid-Ohio only two weeks later will be featured in the Nov. 21 episode.
The five-part series, produced by NASCAR Media Group, will continue at noon ET on Nov. 21 and 28. Discovery’s HD Theater is available on Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, and Dish Network but fans are encouraged to check their local listings in order to find the specific channel number.
Tickets for the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International go on sale November 26, 2010. Fans can learn more about the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International by calling the ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or logging on to the official website, www.TheGlen.com. 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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