Watkins Glen II: Southard Motorsports preview

Southard Motorsports heads straight to Watkins Glen after Montreal Daytona Prototype race Watkins Glen, NY (Aug. 8, 2007) -- Back on the road, Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman continue their journey to Watkins Glen International Raceway for Round...

Southard Motorsports heads straight to Watkins Glen after Montreal Daytona Prototype race

Watkins Glen, NY (Aug. 8, 2007) -- Back on the road, Shane Lewis and Randy Ruhlman continue their journey to Watkins Glen International Raceway for Round 12 of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. With just three races remaining in this year's series, this popular duo is determined to drive the Southard Motorsports No. 3 Preformed Line Products Lexus Riley to a top finish on August 10.

The Watkins Glen event follows directly on the heels of the Prototype race at Montreal's Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve. "Our race at Montreal didn't quite pan out the way we would have liked," explains Lewis. "We got tangled up a couple of times early in the race and that played havoc with our handling package. Enough that it kept us from getting the result we wanted...but that's all part of racing. The crew has our Lexus back in tip-top shape and we are ready for Watkins Glen."

"The race in June was an endurance event," explains Ruhlman. "This one's a flat out sprint race. Both kinds of events are great, especially at a place like The Glen. The short course, without the boot section, is a lot faster. That makes it demanding and fun. There are a couple of other challenges here this weekend, too. The race starts with hot daytime track temperatures then goes into the cooler evening. We expect that the track will change a lot. Tire management and staying on track will be important to our success. But the forecast is calling for possible showers on Friday, so that could be a completely different kind of challenge. Either way I think we'll have a good race and it will be a good show for the fans and sponsors."

-credit: sm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Randy Ruhlman