Daytona II: Chris Gleason race report

Gleason and His Teammates Are Now Second in Points After Third-Place GT Finish in Paul Revere 250 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 4 - By accomplishing his goal of getting a podium finish (first, second or third) in the GT division at the...

Gleason and His Teammates Are Now Second in Points After Third-Place GT Finish in Paul Revere 250 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 4 - By accomplishing his goal of getting a podium finish (first, second or third) in the GT division at the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway in the wee hours of the morning Friday, Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. is now tied for second place in the national point standings for GT drivers competing in the Grand American Rolex series.

Gleason and his two teammates in these major-league endurance sports car races, Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla. and R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass., are in second with 167 points out of over 100 drivers who compete in the division. The only other drivers who have more points are professional race car drivers Bill Auberlen of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. and Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif., who have 186 points.

Gleason, James and Valentine were fourth in points going into the Paul Revere 250.

Gleason qualified fourth in GT for the race at Daytona, which started late Thursday night and ended early Friday morning. Then he, Valentine and James drove their car, the Racers Group Porsche GT3 RS #66, to a solid third-place finish in class when the checkered dropped on the Paul Revere 250 after two hours and 45 minutes of competition.

The bright blue Porsche is sponsored by the Gleason Group, F1 Boston, Monster Cable and Adobe Road Winery.

The event, named for the American patriot and his famous ride and traditionally held late at night over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, was part of the NASCAR Nextel Cup's Pepsi 400 program. It was held on the track's 3.56-mile road course, which incorporates part of the track's famous oval and its high banking.

The driver who qualifies the car starts the race, so Gleason drove the first stint. He was in the car for 47 minutes.

"Our plan was for me to stay in touch with the leaders and manage the tires," Gleason said right before the victory lane celebration began. "We had radio problems; I couldn't hear the pit crew, but they could hear me. So, I just estimated when it was about time for me to come in and I told them I was coming, and they were ready for me.

"I had a clean stint; no problems on the track," Gleason added. "When I came in we were in fourth place. Then R.J. did his stint, and we were fifth when Ian took over. I told him to push the button, and he did! He was able to make up the two places and we got on the podium, which is always our goal."

The Paul Revere 250 was the sixth of 12 Grand American Rolex series races on the 2004 schedule. All are televised on SPEED. The next one is the EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic Aug. 6-7 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Ian James , Chris Gleason , R.J. Valentine