2010 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen: It’s Deja vu All Over Again
Pruett Takes the Checkered Flag… Yes, Again
WATKINS GLEN, NY – One of the best elements of racing at Watkins Glen International is the unpredictability of almost every race. With a field of fiercely competitive drivers all working toward the same objective, fans in the stands can only harbor a guess as to who is going to end the day in Gatorade Victory Lane. However, those in the stands at last season’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen should have guessed history was going to repeat itself and place a familiar face in victory lane – Scott Pruett. He showed no signs of slowing down from the dominate pace he and his Chip Ganassi Racing team set as he took an unprecedented third-consecutive, fourth overall, victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
Pruett may have turned 50 in 2010, but it only motivated him, winning nine of 12 races while taking second-place in two other races. Two of those victories came at Watkins Glen International and topping the list was his third-consecutive Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. It was his sixth career victory at WGI etching his name just above Jackie Ickx, James Weaver and co-driver Memo Rojas.
Ickx , Weaver and Rojas each have won Six Hours of The Glen with Rojas teaming with Pruett each of the last three years.
In 2010, Pruett started from the pole for the second-straight year and ended the afternoon with a three-hour shift to take the checkered flag. Pruett maintained control of the lead in 30 of the final 191 laps. It was a narrow victory for Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas in their Chip Ganassi No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley edged Max Angelelli, Wayne and Ricky Taylor by just 1.623 seconds.
Narrow as it may have been, it not only handed Pruett his 27th career victory, it solidified his place in the WGI history books to become the lone driver to win the famed endurance race four times in their career. It was also not nearly as slim of a margin that Pruett and Rojas took the checkered flag in 2009 – 0.154 seconds. A far cry from when Pruett with co-driver Max Papis blew the field away in 2004 after starting 11th, he piloted that Lexus Riley to a 27.016 lead for the final victory.
The rest of the 2011 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen field will aim to end the dominate streak of Pruett and Rojas and foil the efforts of Pruett to secure yet another Sahlen’s Six Hours victory at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, June 4, at 1 p.m.. Pruett and Rojas start from the third position with the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series points lead.
Fans are able to purchase general admission tickets upon their arrival to the track and will be able to view the race from the brand new Turn 10, Turn 11 and Green grandstands.Tickets for the 2011 race season at Watkins Glen International are on sale now! Fans can order their tickets or get more information by calling the WGI ticket office at 866-461-RACE (7223) or visiting 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 – Sunday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Keep up with the latest happenings at The Glen by visiting the official Watkins Glen International Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/watkinsgleninternational, and following WGI on Twitter, @WGI.
- Finger Lakes Beer Festival kicks off with Friday night dinner, tasting on Oct. 21
- U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Jaguar brings nostalgia, thrills to Watkins Glen International
- World Champion Maine-Endwell Little League baseball team named Grand Marshals for INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
- Doug Allen to perform anthems during INDYCAR Grand Prix at The Glen
- Chris Cornett promoted to Vice President of Facilities and Operations at Watkins Glen International