SR Grand-Am Watkins Glen Friday pit notes

The second 18-lap qualifying race will be for the SportsRacer and SportsRacer Lights classes. The 12-car field takes the green flag at 8:21 p.m., in near-total darkness.. No. 38 Schroeder and No. 99 Snow do not start. No. 16 Weaver takes the...

The second 18-lap qualifying race will be for the SportsRacer and SportsRacer Lights classes. The 12-car field takes the green flag at 8:21 p.m., in near-total darkness.. No. 38 Schroeder and No. 99 Snow do not start.

No. 16 Weaver takes the lead at the start, but No. 27 Theys leads lap one followed by 16-12-37-74-20-22-6-63-95-62 . No. 62 Dennis Spencer spins into the gravel in turn one, bringing out a full-course caution at the end of lap 2.

Due to the darkness, the race has been shortened to 10 laps.

Field takes the green at the end of six laps. Lap 7: Theys holds slim lead over Weaver, followed by 12-74-20-63-6-37-17-22-95 . No. 6 Buddy Rice leads SRII.

Lap 8: Weaver takes the overall lead over Theys . No. 95 Craig Carter pits.

Lap 9: White flag for Weaver . James Weaver takes his fifth SportsRacer victory of the season and extends his points lead. Margin of victory is 3.441 seconds, with Jack Baldwin nearly catching Theys at the checker. . Buddy Rice wins SR Lights in his Grand-Am debut, while second place finisher Larry Oberto inches a share of the title for himself and teammate Ryan Hampton. SRII margin is approximately 1.3 seconds.

RALF KELLENERS (No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP) - The biggest problem was no one was prepared for it to be so dark. Not all of the cars were prepared for that. There aren't enough lights on the circuit, and we had to guess for our light setup, since we didn't get to test it. There was lots of debris on the circuit. We were luck that we chose scuffed tires. It's OK to start fourth for a six-hour race.

JAMES WEAVER (No. 16 Dyson R&S Ford) - This was the best race I've ever had at night, because it was generally racing at night, you couldn't see a thing. It was really exciting, like driving down a country road on the way back from the pub, as a designated driver, of course! The problem was you couldn't see in turn one, you didn't know where you were, it was so dark. (On his pass of Theys) I tried to outbreak him there, he went in to deep, and I managed to get on the line sooner and get a good run on him through the esses. I was right under his wing on the backstraight, and managed to outbreak him at the Inner Loop. Didier always messes around when he's on pole, he likes to hang back. So I felt since it was pitch black, if he was going to hang back, I was going to go. I felt I was fairly clever and was rather pleased with myself, until I got to turn one and couldn't see where I was. It was hard to see the brake markers, especially with the headlights in my mirrors, so I decided to play it safe and get on the brakes early. Didier made a magnificent move to take the lead, more power to him.

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