Daytona II: Chris Gleason race report

Gleason, James and Said's BMW Is Involved in an Accident In Brumos Porsche 250 Thursday Night at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Although their team cars finished first and second in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex series race Thursday night...

Gleason, James and Said's BMW Is Involved in an Accident In Brumos Porsche 250 Thursday Night at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Although their team cars finished first and second in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex series race Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway, the No. 22 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 of Chris Gleason, Ian James and Boris Said ran into difficulties and ended up 24th.

The race, run on DIS's 3.56-mile road course, was a support event to Saturday's Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race.

Gleason, of Johnstown, Pa., qualified eighth Thursday afternoon with a time of 1:57.741 (108.849 mph), and he started the race. He drove the first 23 laps of the 70-lap contest before turning the car over to James, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., under a full-course caution when the Spirit of Daytona Racing No. 07 stopped on the course.

Things were going well until James and the TPC Racing No. 36 Porsche went off course at turn four on lap 34, bringing out a full-course caution. The damage to the car and the laps lost were such that the No. 22 couldn't continue in the contest, and Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., didn't get to drive in the race.

The race was run under very humid conditions and rain at several points.

"The track was still wet at the start, so it was greasy when I was out there," Gleason said after his stint. "I got a good start thought, and had moved up to fourth or fifth. I just tried to maintain my pace.

"I thought I was having a problem with one of my rear tires so I backed off for a while, but it turned out the rear end was just getting loose. The brakes got a little mushy too, but I was able to stay on the lead lap so I was pleased with that.

"It's unfortunate that we didn't finish. The weather conditions weren't good today but the track surface was much better due to the repaving they did of the road course here a couple of months ago. It was smoother, and we had much better traction.

"There are always a few close calls at Daytona. The Daytona Prototypes are pretty aggressive, but I just always try to give them a wide berth.

"I'm glad our sister cars were on the podium, and hopefully we'll be there too at the next race."

The next event will be held at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. July 29-31.

The race was televised live on SPEED.

More information can be found on the team's Web site at ptgracing.com; at Gleason Inc.'s site at gleasoninc.com; at grandamerican.com; speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Ian James , Chris Gleason