Watkins Glen: Starworks Motorsport preview

SIX STARWORKS MOTORSPORT DRIVERS EN ROUTE TO WATKINS GLEN! Immediately after the podium celebration at Lime Rock Park where the Starworks Motorsport team scored a second place finish with the ...

SIX STARWORKS MOTORSPORT DRIVERS EN ROUTE TO WATKINS GLEN!

Immediately after the podium celebration at Lime Rock Park where the Starworks Motorsport team scored a second place finish with the #8 Corsa Car Care Dinan-BMW Riley co-driven by Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest, the team is now heading to Watkins Glen International Raceway located in upstate New York where the next event will take place on Saturday, June 5.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen is the second of the two endurance races of the season and the Starworks team is looking to score another podium finish and maybe their first win of the year. For this next event Starworks Motorsport team owner Peter Baron hired two additional drivers to co-drive his #7 and #8 cars. Nelson Philippe will co-drive the #7 Starworks Motorsport Flex-Box Dinan-BMW Riley with Bill Lester and Kasper Andersen and Aussie James Davison will co-drive the #8 Starworks Motorsport Corsa Car Care Dinan-BMW Riley with Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest.

The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen is the first ever Rolex Series race for Philippe and Davison but both drivers have had an impressive early career before making their debut in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series this week.The six Starworks drivers have great expectations for this long race on the traditional 3.4-mile Grand Prix road course that has played host to some of the greatest racecar drivers of all time since opening in the 1950s. The six-hour sports car race has been an international fixture on The Glen's annual schedule since 1968.

After Lime Rock, Ryan Dalziel is now ranked 2nd in the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series driver point standings and is looking to start racing at the Glen. "I am really looking forward to returning to Watkins Glen, announced Dalziel. "It's an amazing and very challenging track. I have been fast there in previous years but was unlucky with the finishing result so I'm looking forward to changing that this time around. I am excited about James Davison joining Mike Forest and me for that event and know he will be a valuable asset to us. Starworks has done a phenomenal job this season and having a little time after Virginia they improved our program even further. Mike has done a great job as my co driver and I hope we can vault ourselves up even higher in the points after the 6 hour race," said Dalziel.

Dalziel's teammate, Canadian Mike Forest, is now ranked 5th in the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series driver point standings after Lime Rock. "I love racing at Watkins Glen and I think with the addition of James we will be really strong, so I'm very much looking forward to the Glen," announced Mike Forest.

James Davison will co-drive with Dalziel and Forest the #8 Starworks machine this Saturday. "I really look forward to my debut in the Rolex Series," announced Davison. "The teams and drivers in Grand Am are at a high level that I am eager to race against. I go into the Watkins Glen weekend with zero mileage in the car however I come off a strong run last year there, earning the Pole in Indy Lights having not tested there, so I'm confident", stated the young Australian.

Rolex Series veteran driver Bill Lester will lead the #7 Flex-Box Starworks machine at the Glen. "Frankly, I can't wait to run The Glen", Lester said "It's a proper circuit with a lot of history and character that I truly enjoy. With Nelson Philippe joining Kasper and me there, I'm expecting the best finish of the year for the #7 Starworks team," added Bill.

Danish driver Kasper Andersen is excited to discover the Glen. "I'm really looking forward to Watkins Glen. I have seen the track on video and drove it on iRacing video game and I have the feeling it's going be one of my favorites in the Rolex Series. I can't wait to see it in real life. It is going to be an all new experience for me with the 6 hour race," said Andersen.

This is Nelson Philippe's first race since his accident at Infineon nine months ago and the Frenchman is really pleased to be behind the wheel of the #7 Starworks car for his return to competition. "I'm super excited about partnering with Bill and Kasper," announced Philippe. "I know Bill from seeing him around the paddock and I raced against Kasper in SuperLeague Formula in 2008. They are both brilliant drivers but I am sure my experience in 2.5hr Champ Car races will help and I will also be ready to learn anything I can from them," added Philippe.

-source: sm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Peter Baron , Bill Lester , Nelson Philippe , James Davison , Kasper Andersen , Mike Forest