Watkins Glen, NY (August 21, 2000) - First time visitors to The Glen's historic 3.377-mile road course this weekend will likely need some explanation of what to watch for in the Six Hours of The Glen endurance race, which includes some of the most exotic race cars and prototypes in the world.
This weekend's Bosch Sports Car Summerfest features the Grand American Road Racing Association (Grand Am) and several support series. To NASCAR and Stock Car racing fans, the Six Hours of The Glen, will be the equivalent of putting a NASCAR Winston Cup car, a NASCAR Busch Series car and a NASCAR Craftsman Truck on the same track at the same time.
Rob Dyson, owner & driver of the No. 20 Lincoln - Riley & Scott in the SportsRacer class, pointed out several things for first time fans to look for at Watkins Glen this weekend. "To a first time fan, you'll see a variety of different automobiles, in different configurations, racing against not only their own class, but several other classifications. Fans will notice the cars are exceptionally well-driven for over six hours. That's a true endurance race. Endurance racing puts a lot of pressure on the cars, drivers and crews."
The Six Hours of The Glen will feature cars from a variety of different classes. The exotic prototype SportsRacers are the premier class. Also competing in the event are the SportsRacer Lights and three GT classes. The GTO and GTU class cars are primarily based on production two door coupes. The GTO class includes Chevrolet Corvettes, Dodge Vipers, and Turbo Porsches. BMWs and normally aspirated Porsches fill out the GTU class. The third GT class is American GT, a class filled with V-8 powered tube framed racecars such as Camaros, Firebirds and Mustangs.
"Watkins Glen is a great track to watch sports car racing from. Over a six hour span, fans can walk the course and see the different drivers approach corners in different ways."
Dyson points out that The Glen is one of the finest road courses in the country. "It's a delight to drive on the long course and a fantastic place to race."
This weekend's Six Hours of The Glen decides the championship for the new Grand Am series, a series that held its first event at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
"This year's competition is stronger than it's been in sports car racing for a long time," said Dyson. "The racing has been tight at all of our races. The top seven cars raced within seven-tenths of a second in our most recent event at Trois-Rivieres (Quebec). That certainly tells you something about the type of competition you'll see at Watkins Glen."
Fans visiting Watkins Glen for this weekend's Bosch Sports Car Summerfest are in for a special treat. Friday's schedule includes two points-paying 18-lap Grand Am qualifying races. The qualifying sprint races start at 7:15 p.m. and will finish at dusk, allowing spectators to watch as the spectacular sports cars race around The Glen's historic circuit under darkness and with headlights.
Tickets for this weekend's Bosch Sports Car Summerfest and Sunday's Six Hours of The Glen are now available. For ticket, camping, or additional information, contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or visit the official website at www.theglen.com .