Gleason Watkins Glen preview

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., May 16 - Chris Gleason's performances in the first three Rolex series races have placed the Johnstown, Pa. driver fourth in the current point standings for the national drivers' championship in the GT division. After...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., May 16 - Chris Gleason's performances in the first three Rolex series races have placed the Johnstown, Pa. driver fourth in the current point standings for the national drivers' championship in the GT division.

After traveling to Daytona, Miami and Phoenix, the series moves the to beautiful Finger Lake region of New York state this coming weekend and the the 3.4-mile, 15-turn permanent road circuit at Watkins Glen. On Saturday Watkins Glen International plays host to a grueling six-hour endurance race, listed by the FIA as a full international event.

Speedvision will broadcast highlights of the Six Hours of the Glen from Watkins Glen International starting at 1:30 ET on Saturday, May 26.

The GT, or Grand Touring, division draws the bulk of the entries in international sports car competition. At every race Gleason and his BMW teammates face formidable competition from the likes of Porsche, Mazda and the venerable Chevrolet Corvette.

Gleason hopes to continue his streak of top-10 finishes, keeping BMW in the hunt for the prestigious manufacturer's championship. BMW currently trails Porsche by just 12 points as the series moves into Watkins Glen, the fourth event of the 10-round series.

Gleason will team with Marc Bunting of Baltimore and Adams Burrows of East Canaan, Conn. in a BMW M3 prepared by Genesis Racing. They will face stiff competition from Porsche at Watkins Glen, a circuit known for its long straightaways.

"The Porsches have more power than our cars," said Gleason, "but the ABS brakes on our BMW will help us. They may pull away at the beginning of the straight, but we'll do our best to even things up under braking in the turns."

Phil Hill, the first American driver to win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship, will serve as the event's grand marshal. Hill will make several appearances throughout the course of the four-day Rolex Series Six Hours of the Glen event, signing autographs for the fans as well as reciting the most famous words in automobile racing, "Gentlemen, start your engines!"

The first practice session for the Grand American Series is slated for 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Thursday. The Rolex Series Six Hours of Watkins Glen, with over $343,000 in posted awards, is scheduled to take the green flag at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

-LM

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Phil Hill , Chris Gleason , Marc Bunting