Watkins Glen: Goodyear Racing race report

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 20, 2004) -- Max Papis and Scott Pruett drove their Pontiac Riley to victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. The winning car came from the Daytona Prototype...

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 20, 2004) -- Max Papis and Scott Pruett drove their Pontiac Riley to victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. The winning car came from the Daytona Prototype class.

The Daytona Prototype class races exclusively on Goodyear tires. The track temperatures ranged from 90 degrees at the start of the race to 118 degrees late in the afternoon. Goodyear supplied two tire compounds for dry track racing and the weather conditions made the compound selection very important.

"Both were good, but towards the end we felt we needed the speed out of the (softer) compound," said Pruett.

Papis and Pruett won for the second time this season in their Chip Ganassi-owned entry. Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor finished second in their Pontiac Riley after leading much of the event. The margin of victory was 27.016 seconds.

A second Ganassi entry, piloted by Luis Diaz and Jimmy Morales, finished third. The Pontiac Crawford co-driven by Butch Leitzinger, Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Paul Edwards finished fourth and fifth place went to the Lexus Doran driven by Didier Theys, Fredy Leinhard and Jan Magnussen.

The top four finishers were all on the lead lap at the end.

The winners completed 164 laps around the 3.4-mile road course, good for 557.6 miles, and averaged 92.822 mph.

The winning Ganassi car had a mechanical problem on the ninth lap of the race and fell two laps down. After a hurried repair, the car returned to the track and began chasing the leaders.

"After that it was madness, just flat out," Papis said.

Angelelli and Taylor led much of the race but had to pit with less than half an hour remaining in the event. Angelelli turned in the fastest lap of the race with two laps remaining as he tried to chase down the leaders. He has recorded the fastest lap in every Rolex Series race this season.

The starting field of 45 cars included 16 Daytona Prototype cars.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Jan Magnussen , Butch Leitzinger , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Wayne Taylor , Luis Diaz , Max Angelelli , Jimmy Morales