Watkins Glen: Qualifying canceled due to rain

Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen qualifying scrubbed due to rain Haywood to start Brumos Porsche on pole WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 21, 2003) -- A steady rainfall at Watkins Glen International caused Grand American officials to cancel today's ...

Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen qualifying scrubbed due to rain
Haywood to start Brumos Porsche on pole

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 21, 2003) -- A steady rainfall at Watkins Glen International caused Grand American officials to cancel today's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. The starting grid for Sunday's race has been set based upon Rolex Series team owner points per the Grand American rulebook. Brumos Racing's Hurley Haywood will start the #59 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype in the pole position for the first time this season, while David Donohue will continue his streak of front row starts with the #58 Red Bull Porsche in the number two position.

"(Canceling qualifying is) great for us because we'll be starting first and second with a total Brumos front row. But in all seriousness, it was the right thing to do. Qualifying in the wet is really risky. We've got these races stacked together so if we have a problem with a car in the guardrail it would be very difficult to get it fixed now," said Haywood.

Darren Law will start the #8 95.1 The NerVe/Sahlen's BMW Picchio Daytona Prototype of G&W Motorsports on the inside of the second row with Terry Borcheller in the Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype beside him.

Cort Wagner will lead the GT field to the green flag on Sunday when he starts the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT in the number seven position, and Tommy Riggins will line up beside him to lead the GTS field in the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang. Both will receive a $1,000 bonus as part of the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge.

"I'm not unhappy about (canceling qualifying). I've got a stock car background and the best racing setup for this (kind of weather) are cars under a car cover. Our car is not suited to run in the wet against the other cars we race with, so we wouldn't have looked good qualifying in the wet," remarked Riggins.

"I have mixed thoughts. We certainly don't need any more carnage, but I know that myself and a couple of other drivers certainly wanted the pole position, regardless. This is racing, so it's something where you're grateful on one level (to not have to qualify in this weather) and disappointed on the other because as a driver you always love to compete, love to win the pole and it's something valuable you pride yourself on," said Wagner.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will get underway at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Tickets for the event are available at the gate or online at www.theglen.com.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be aired on SPEED Channel this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. Fans can also follow all of the action from the racetrack live throughout the weekend with Zippo Live Timing & Scoring on www.grandamerican.com free of charge.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , Tommy Riggins , Cort Wagner