Mont-Tremblant: Chris Gleason race report

Gleason Is Second in GT Class at Mont-Tremblant Sunday MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec, May 23 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. and his teammates, R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass. and Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla, finished second in the GT class in the...

Gleason Is Second in GT Class at Mont-Tremblant Sunday

MONT TREMBLANT, Quebec, May 23 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. and his teammates, R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass. and Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla, finished second in the GT class in the Six Hours of Circuit Mont-Tremblant Sunday at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant here.

The Rolex series race was televised live on SPEED.

Driving a bright blue Porsche GT3 RS fielded by The Racers Group and carrying the number 66, the trio improved on their third-place finish in class at the last race, pleasing their sponsors: The Gleason Group, F1 Boston, Monster Cable and Adobe Road Winery.

The car finished in 13th place overall, right behind the class-winning and 12th-place overall BMW M3 of professional racers Bois Said and Bill Auberlen. Both cars were on the same lap at the end of the six-hour enduro, completing 191 laps to the overall winner's 200.

It was an admirable accomplishment for the team, which was in 22nd place overall and seventh in the GT class after the first hour.

James drove first and did a double stint. Valentine drove next. Gleason took over around 2 p.m. and did a double stint, and then James drove the last hour and a half.

With about an hour left in the race the class-leading BMW made contact with a Porsche that was spinning out of control. It had some damage to the left side and slowed its pace considerably, but Gleason's team wasn't quite able to get the advantage at the end and had to settle for second.

"It was a crazy weekend," Gleason said. "I came up on Thursday night and then flew back to Pennsylvania for my son's graduation from Gettysburg College. I flew back up this morning from Philadelphia and just made it in time for the start of the race.

"The plan we had worked well," he continued. "The car was good; we had no major problems. Lars [his crew chief] and his merry band did a great job. To get a second-pace finish was good. The lead BMW was a wounded duck at the end and slowed up; we were closing but we couldn't catch them. But we got third at Phoenix and second here, so now we're casting our eyes with longing at the top step of the podium."

The next race, another six-hour contest, is scheduled for Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 18-20.

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