Watkins Glen: Race report

Late-race caution sets up for thrilling finish WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 2003) -- Scott Goodyear made a daring pass for the lead with only two laps remaining to lead Brumos Racing's ...

Late-race caution sets up for thrilling finish

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 22, 2003) -- Scott Goodyear made a daring pass for the lead with only two laps remaining to lead Brumos Racing's #58 Red Bull Porsche Daytona Prototype team to victory at the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. The win is the second in a row for Red Bull drivers Mike Borkowski and David Donohue who teamed with Goodyear for the 35th anniversary of the classic six-hour endurance race at Watkins Glen International.

Goodyear was trailing leader Didier Theys in the Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype by 18 seconds with 15 minutes remaining in the race. The Red Bull Porsche was sputtering out of fuel and Goodyear was about to dive into the pits when a late-race full-course caution came to the team's rescue. As the double yellows came out, Goodyear was able to duck into the pits for the splash of fuel needed to get him through to the checkered.

When the course returned to green it set up a five-lap shootout to the checkered, and with only two laps remaining in the race Goodyear dove low into turn one to pass Theys in the leading #54 Chevy. Although Theys came down to try to cut off the #58 Porsche's attack, Goodyear held his line despite the two bouncing off each other several times as they traveled into the esses. The contact between the two Daytona Prototypes resulted in a cut tire for Theys, who was able to hold on to second place overall despite having to pit for a tire change as the white flag came out.

In its first race since debuting at the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Cegwa Sport #3 Toyota finished third in the Daytona Prototype class and fifth overall.

The late-race caution also set up a thrilling finish the GT class. The Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT had a 22-second margin over the Rennworks #83 Porsche GT3 RS before the final double yellow came out. Johannes Van Overbeek used the caution to bring the #83 Porsche into the pits for fuel and fresh tires, setting up another shootout for the checkered flag.

However unlike Goodyear, Van Overbeek did not need three laps to move to the front of the GT class as he was able to overtake the six lapped cars between him and Brent Martini in the leading Ferrari in only one lap to move to the front of the GT class. With his fresh set of Dunlop tires, Van Overbeek easily pulled away from the Ferrari to capture the class win and third-place finish overall by 17 seconds over the #33 Ferrari.

The Marcus Motorsports #69 BMW M3 rounded out the GT podium, finishing sixth overall.

The GTS class became a survival game during the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Every race car that moved into the front of the class fell victim to trouble. Although the Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang suffered transmission failure early in the race, the crew was able to repair the car in the garage and return to the race. The team thought all hopes of victory were lost by the numerous laps lost in the garage, but terminal problems suffered by every other competitor in the class allowed Tommy Riggins and Dave Machavern to celebrate their second-straight victory in the class.

The results of Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen should tighten up the point standings leading into the second half of the Rolex Series 12-race season. Unofficially, Borkowski and Donohue have narrowed the gap Hurley Haywood and JC France enjoyed to four points. Haywood and France finished fifth in the Daytona Prototype class when the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche's day was cut short after Chris Dyson hit an oil slick and crashed into the safety barrier.

Riggins and Machavern also gained ground on GTS points leader Joao Barbosa, whose #31 Mosler MT900R retired with mechanical failure in the second hour of the race.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will travel next to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic next week. For additional information on the Rolex Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

ROLEX SERIES DRIVER QUOTES

CHRIS DYSON (No. 59 Brumos Porsche FABCAR) - On his crash on lap 121

"Everything was going to plan. The car was flawless. Then, going into to Turn Ten, the car lost grip and I ran out of road. The car in front of me had blown the engine and I didn't have any warning. Thankfully, the car's not too bad and I'm okay."

SCOTT GOODYEAR (No. 58 Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR) - First Place DP & Overall

"I had a shoulder injury flare up a few weeks ago. It didn't show up bad until I drove the other day, so I didn't run yesterday. The team doctor and massage therapist worked on it. It didn't hurt until I got out of the car. It's great to be here and have a win for the team. Bob Snodgrass told me it's the first win overall Brumos had here in all the years they've been coming to the Six Hours. That's special getting that. We needed that yellow, because those guys had a splash and go. Our tires were just about worn out, we had a real hard stint on them. The guys in the pits did a great job, they just kept chasing it. To have a guy who hasn't driven in four months, only drives a couple times a year, to tell him to chase the leader down, I thought, thanks guys, you're really putting the pressure on. But it was fun. On the restart, I had to get by those lapped cars in front of us, and then I had to have a shot at it in turn one, because they had more power than us. I was losing down the straightaway, I could only do it in the turns or under braking. We were lucky we got it done. Didier actually turned into me a little bit, tried to close the door, then he whacked me - that was some NASCAR rubbing going on, but it was fun."

DAVID DONOHUE (No. 58 Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR) - First Place DP & Overall

"I asked them if I could stay in (Donohue drove the opening three hours), I was OK to go, and then the car really deteriorated. They were able to tune a lot of that out, at least. We were pretty lucky. I was wrong with what the problem was, but we've got some pretty competent guys on the team and they sorted it all out. Obviously, the car was fairly good at the end. Scott (Goodyear) was doing some great times, he had the fastest lap of the race, and clearly, the oil had cleared up down in the Boot. It was nasty when I was in. It was painful at the end. I really wanted this race, and the guys - the whole Brumos team - really deserves it, to have the 59 car go out the way it did. Everything was going wrong, this was a welcome switch from this. This also helps us in the points, but personally, I just wanted to win this race, it was really special to me."

MIKE BORKOWSKI (No. 58 Red Bull Brumos Racing Porsche FABCAR) - First Place DP & Overall

"It's been a while, but this is the biggest race we've won. First win in the Six Hours, the Brumos guys did a great job all day. It just feels great."

DIDIER THEYS (No. 54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran) - Second Place DP & Overall

"Unfortunately, my worst fear came true. There was a back marker in just the wrong place, and I wound up with the (No. 80 SRP II) Picchio at the exit, and I had to back off the throttle to avoid it. And, of course, Scott Goodyear had the momentum to pass me inside and had better acceleration and I couldn't do anything once I was behind. I had the Picchio on my left side, and Scott on my right side, and I didn't have much room to go. I lost the momentum at the exit, and that's where Scott passed me under acceleration. The car's definitely better than Daytona, and I believe with some more testing the car will be very competitive."

TERRY BORCHELLER (No. 54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran) - Second Place DP & Overall

"Just frustrating. I'm still in shock. Everybody did the best job they could do, which was a great job, and to come up second is a heartbreaker."

DARIUS GRALA (No. 3 Cegwa Oz.exe Toyota Fabcar) - Third Place DP & Fifth Overall

"We finally finished one. I'm ecstatic. It was a hard day's work, but it sure was worth it in the end. We had a little bit of a gearbox problem near the end, which we were nursing and taking it easy, but nothing serious. It was just the fuel pump early in the day that set us back a few laps, that hurt us the most. We'll take a third place finish, that's fine."

GEOFFREY BODINE (No. 8 95.1 The NerVe Sahlen's BMW Picchio) - Fourth Place DP & Eighth Overall

"I really enjoyed myself. Darin (Law) and Andy (Lally) did a great job, and I did an OK job. We didn't hit anything or go off track, so that's an accomplishment for me. Like I said all weekend, I hope I get to do more Grand American Rolex Series racing. It's a lot of fun."

DARREN LAW (No. 8 95.1 The NerVe Sahlen's BMW Picchio) - Fourth Place DP & Eighth Overall

"Honestly, if we didn't have that problem with the rear end we would have been right there at the end. But that put us back so much. Actually, we're very happy. We finished this race, and we've had a tough couple races. We've done a lot of work, but it's coming around. It's fairly quick. I was cranking off 53s (1:53 laps) for 10 laps in a row, which is as quick as anybody at the end, it's there, and we just need to get it reliable."

ROBERT PRILIKA (N. 80 G&W Motorsports BMW Picchio) - Winner SRPII Class

"The race was great, the car ran flawlessly for once. It felt really good to me all day long, and I'm glad we avoided the rain. It would have been really hard to race in the rain with an open top car."

STEVE MARSHALL (N. 80 G&W Motorsports BMW Picchio) - Winner SRPII Class

"We had very little competition with only one other competitor in our class. All we were trying to do was make it to the end, just run an easy and conservative race to the end. We weren't worried about overall position, just our position in the class. From that point it went fine we had a good, safe race and everything came back ok."

TOMMY RIGGINS (N. 48 Heritage Motorsports Mustang) - Winner GTS Class

"We're fortunate that it worked our way. We had a gearbox problem and we went in and changed it. It got us back on track, but the misfortune of the others played right into our hands, so we were successful."

JOHANNES VAN OVERBEEK (No. 83 Rennworks Motorsports Porsche GT3 RS) - Winner GT Class

"Our run was great. It couldn't get any better. Watkins Glen is a great track. It's my first time here. I think I'll come back."

BRENT MARTINI (No. 33 Ferrari of Washington / Girard Perregaux / Market Scan / Peris Companies / Tubi Style Ferrari 360GT) - Second Place GT Class

"Any time you finish in second it's a little disappointing. It'd be great to have a victory. It was a very hard fought race and the better team won. There's no place better than Watkins Glen. It's so historic and the race fans really enjoy coming here. It's fantastic."

HUGH PLUMB (No. 69 Market Place Holdings / In Style Limousine / BBS Wheels / Communications Construction Group BMW M3) - Third Place GT Class

"We had a great run. All three of us did a great job. My teammates, Brian and Gilles, did a great job. We had some unfortunate luck with an axel breaking. We were in second place when the axel broke and went down six laps. We ended up third and that's not too bad. I love Watkins Glen. It's an awesome place. There's a lot of history here. The weather turned out nice. I had an excellent time. I love coming here."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Scott Goodyear , David Donohue , JC France , Brent Martini , Bob Snodgrass , Chris Dyson