Watkins Glen, N.Y. (June 22) -- Scott Goodyear passed Didier Theys in Turn One with two laps remaining to cap a spectacular comeback victory in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen, the debut of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series...
Watkins Glen, N.Y. (June 22) -- Scott Goodyear passed Didier Theys in Turn One with two laps remaining to cap a spectacular comeback victory in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours at The Glen, the debut of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototypes at Watkins Glen International.
Goodyear, driving the No. 58 Brumos Racing Red Bull Porsche Fabcar, trailed by one lap in the final hour of competition, but was able to make up a lap when Theys pitted for fuel in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran. A caution period with 15 minutes remaining allowed Goodyear to pit without losing ground, and the Indy Car veteran ran down Theys to give teammates David Donohue and Mike Borkowski their second victory of the season.
It was a heartbreaking loss for Theys, paired with Terry Borcheller, who dominated much of the event.
It was an emotional victory for Donohue, whose father, Mark Donohue, won a Can-Am race during the Six Hours weekend in 1973. The race also marked the first overall victory in the event for Brumos Racing, although the team managed to win their class in the event four consecutive times with Hurley Haywood at the wheel.
Haywood was deprived an opportunity for a 10th personal victory at The Glen when the car he started spun in oil and hit the wall with Chris Dyson at the wheel. Dyson was unhurt, although the front end of the car was destroyed in the incident. Haywood and J.C. France unofficially managed to maintain their lead in the Daytona Prototypes point standings.
NASCAR Winston Cup veteran Geoffrey Bodine placed fourth overall in the Daytona Prototypes and eight overall in the No. 8 95.1 The NerVe Sahlen's BMW Picchio. The car, also driven by Darren Law and Andy Lally, lost ground early in the race with suspension problems, and made up ground over the final five hours.
"This was a lot of fun," said Bodine, who won a 1986 sports car race at The Glen in addition to scoring a NASCAR Winston Cup victory in 1996.
The GT Class lead also changed hands during the final 10 minutes, with the No. 83 Rennwerks Porsche GT 3 of Johannes Van Overbeek, Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnik passed the No. 33 Ferrari 360GT of Cort Wagner and Brent Martini.
Tommy Riggins, David Machavern and Scott Lagasse scored a come-from-behind triumph in the GTS category in their No. 48 Heritage Motorsports Mustang.
Steve Marshall, Robert Prilika and Shawn Bayliff won SRP II honors in the No. 80 G&W Motorsports BMW Picchio.
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series returns to Watkins Glen International August 8 in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250, part of the SIRIUS at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup weekend. For ticket information, call (607) 535-2481 or log onto www.theglen.com.
-J.J. O'Malley / WGI