Pontiac Grand-Am Teams Head To Watkins Glen
Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) teams are heading directly to Watkins Glen International Raceway from Montreal for round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve to be run on Friday, August 10.
The teams will use the 2.45-mile, 12-turn Watkins Glen Short Course - the same layout that the Nascar teams will use on the weekend. Pontiac will be looking to extend a perfect 11 for 11 pole position streak on the DP season. Also with just three races remaining the manufacturers title is well within grasp.
Following a strong weekend at Montreal, where the top four positions in the DP race were filled by Pontiac powered cars, the winning entry of Wayne Taylor’s SunTrust racing team has Max Angelelli in a good position for the drivers championship, just two out. Joining Angelelli behind the wheel will be Memo Gidley for his second race with the No. 10 gang. In his first outing he helped the bankers finish ? at Barber Motorsport Park.
Hot on the heels of their second place finish last weekend in Montreal, the No. 91 Riley-Mathews Pontiac team is looking for another solid run at Watkins Glen. Marc Goosens and Jim Mathews are inspired for another podium finish.
Christian Fittipaldi and the Cheever Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve and their Fabcar Pontiac put in an excellent drive at Montreal. Combined with newcomer Antonio Garcia, the duo led a lot of laps and was a factor up front all race, finally finishing fourth.
Gainsco and their No. 99 Pontiac Riley have been one of the most consistent teams in the DP category all season.The Texas based team has never started worse than second and boasts an eight race pole streak leading to six wins on the season.
Round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype cars will run next weekend, Friday, Aug. 10 at Watkins. The next round for the GT cars will be at Miller Motorsport Park in Utah on Sept. 15.