A Fast Lap of Watkins Glen with Krohn-Racing/TRG's Jorg Bergmeister Watkins Glen, New York -- Jorg Bergmeister, driver of the number 66 Krohn Racing-TRG Pontiac Riley lapped his Rolex Series Daytona Prototype in the morning practice with a time...
A Fast Lap of Watkins Glen with Krohn-Racing/TRG's Jorg Bergmeister
Watkins Glen, New York -- Jorg Bergmeister, driver of the number 66 Krohn Racing-TRG Pontiac Riley lapped his Rolex Series Daytona Prototype in the morning practice with a time of 1:46.5 and average speed of 115 mph around the 11-turn 3.4-mile circuit. The German driver explains a lap of the historic New York track.
Coming down the front straight I am flat-out in fifth gear and begin braking at the 300-foot marker. Turn one can be deceiving, it is banked, but there is a concrete section at the middle of the turn that has less grip than the asphalt on the rest of the track. These concrete patches make the car push so you have to be careful. I take turn one in third gear making sure to maximize my exit speed as the exit of turn-one to the entrance of turn five which is the chicane makes up the longest "straight" which is not really straight but includes the esses on the whole circuit. We will reach speeds of around 165 mph through this section.
Before entering the braking zone into the chicane you get by as many GT and slower DP cars as possible. I brake at the 300-foot marker, go hard over the right-hand curb and back to flat on the throttle from the middle of the chicane to the entrance of the Outer Loop.
I take the car deep into turn six, again respecting the concrete patches, getting into fourth gear as I approach the down hill turn nine or entrance to the Boot section. Six is the entrance to the boot and there is a lot of road room to pass and a couple of different lines you can take when there is not traffic. I am in fourth at the exit for the run up to turn seven.
At the entrance of seven, I shift down to second, mindful of the concrete in the center of the turn going to third for the run up the hill. I am flat on the gas to the braking zone of eight going up the hill wishing I had more horsepower.
Eight is the entry to the Heel of the Boot and I go down to second and back to third through turn nine shifting up to fourth and then back down to third for the fast left hand turn ten.
The final turn, eleven, is taken in third and there is a lot of room in this curve. If you happen to miss the apex passing a slower car you can hold your speed as the banking keeps the car planted so you can cross the start finish line flat-out.
Bergmeister will team with Christian Fittipaldi for Sunday's running of the Sahlen's Six Hour of the Glen. The race will start at 10:00 a.m. with live coverage on the Speed Channel.