Watkins Glen post race quotes

PIT NOTES FIRST UNION SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN Sunday, June 1, 1997 FIRST UNION 6 HOURS OF THE GLEN POST RACE QUOTES BUTCH LEITZINGER ( ...

PIT NOTES FIRST UNION SIX HOURS OF THE GLEN Sunday, June 1, 1997

FIRST UNION 6 HOURS OF THE GLEN POST RACE QUOTES

BUTCH LEITZINGER (#16 WSC Goodyear/Hella/Bosch/HP Autote Ford R & S MK III) -- Overall winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- The car ran really well. We had a really good race going with the MOMO car and with Taylor car. They just fell out of the race within a couple of laps of one another. I'm really happy with the team. They know how to prepare these cars for the endurance races. When ever you race in the wet it's always a close call. It was very slippery with the rain. Especially in the boot. There isn't a lot of rubber yet so it was slick. We kept it off the grass and the barriers. It was a great day.

JAMES WEAVER (#16 WSC Goodyear R & S MK III) -- Overall winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- Yesterday was a "housekeeping day" for the Dyson #16 crew, as they were able to run their race setup on Friday after contact forced them to do some heavy work on the car. When asked if it had paid off, Weaver replied "Yes it did. We did all the little bits and pieces done, and the car ran perfectly. Everything was perfect."

JAMES WEAVER (#16 WSC Goodyear R & S MK III) -- Overall winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- Yesterday was a "housekeeping day" for the Dyson #16 crew, as they were able to run their race setup on Friday after contact forced them to do some heavy work on the car. When asked if it had paid off, Weaver replied "Yes it did. We did all the little bits and pieces done, and the car ran perfectly. Everything was perfect."

NOTE: Co-driver Elliott-Forbes-Robinson was unavailable for comment because he had to catch a plane before the end of the race.

ELISEO SALAZAR (#43WSC Acxuim/Royal Purple/Alta/Xcel Ferrari 333SP) -- WSC second place finisher in the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- It was a good race because we had some problems at the beginning, but it was good at the end. The car worked perfect, but I think the Dyson team was a little bit quicker in the end, so we settled for second. We tried really hard, but at the end we were ten or 12 cars behind Weaver and we couldn't make it up because the traffic was bad. On the Craftsman Truck deal We will run two road courses - here and Sears Point and some ovals, IRP so I'm really happy I'll be the first foreigner to race NASCAR. It's an experiment for now. My main commitment is the Indy Racing League. I won here in 1994 and now I got second today. I hope I can be here on the podium here again this year.

OLIVER KUTTNER (#28 WSC Oldsmobile Spice) -- WSC third place finisher, highest finish for the team since they started racing. -- Since I've known John, I knew this day was going to come. John has immense talent. I always thought one day it was going to happen. He's a really, really good driver. he's a developing driver and he can go as far as he wants to go. I knew it was going to come. I had a feeling that it might come now. That's why I am here. I'm having a really good time. I'm very thankful. There was one very close call. When we were getting the one to go for green, my rear wheel came loose. I caught it right away. I figured it out right away. fortunately I was able to nurse it in without loosing a wheel. If you loose the wheel you need a tow truck at the very minimum. I probably annoyed some people behind my going slow but I came in with a loose wheel and it never came off. I caught it quick enough.

JOHN FIELD (#28 WSC Oldsmobile Spice) -- -- WSC third place finisher, highest finish for the team since they started racing. -- We're really happy. This was our best finish. Some of the fast guys spun out and we just stayed smart and kept away from the problems. We ran a good smart race. I had a couple of close calls but we never really had any trouble.

ANDY WALLACE (#66 GTS-1 FORD PANOZ) -- GTS-1 winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- "The car's getting better all the time. It's still not as fast as a WSC, of course, but I'm just happy for the team. It was a great race -- we had a lot of trouble, but still got through in the end.

STU HAYNER (#91 GTS-1 Rock Valley Oil and Chemical Co. Inc. Chevrolet Camaro) -- Hayner drove a two hour stint up until Roger Schramm's last turn in the car to finish the race in second place in GTS-1. The car has been just about perfect today. Yesterday we blew the engine in qualifying, and today with the slick track, the biggest problem has been trying to catch up with the pace car during the caution laps. We had a couple of really short pit stops, but I'm really happy with the way the car has run today. The biggest problems we run into out there is when someone else does something. With all the cautions, you sure couldn't diddle around out there, because the guy you're racing with can just disappear from you. Some of these cars were just really fast on the straight, but really slow in the corners, where we were better.

FRANCE KONRAD (#61 GTS-2 Porsche 911) -- GTS-2 winner in the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- It was a difficult race with the weather. Nick did a great job for us. I'm really pleased that we were able to win the race. It was a close race with the 99 car and the 6 car. It was a close race. We were always within 15 seconds or so.

MICHAEL LIGONNET (#61 GTS-2 Porsche 911) -- GTS-2 winner of the first Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- Watkins Glen is a wonderful place but this race has been a mess. I just don't understand this full course process with SportsCar. I thought the track was wonderful. I like the wet condition. I am used to that from racing in Europe. I'm really happy with a win and hope we can win a lot more.

NICK HAM (#61GTS-2 Porsche 911) -- GTS-2 winner of the first Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- It was like the tortoise and hare. We kept pulling away and with the yellow flag they would catch up, and we would pull away again. Then we got the flat tire, and I thought, oh no, the race is gone. I got back in, and I was able to catch up and go by them. It was a great team effort. Everyone on the team helped with this. We were much faster in the end so everytime the caution came out it would come back to us.

PETE HALSMER (#77 GTS-3 MATTCO/Alco Capital Group BMW M3) -- GTS-3 winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- Well, we were working at this the whole race, we weren't just sitting in the pits, you know. We knew we could run pretty quick, we just had to keep playing it and doing our job, and you never know how its going to play out in the end. We were right there in the hunt. The change in the track conditions were really challenging. Its kind of a roulette wheel trying to figure out if it was going to be dry or wet and which tires to go with, so thats why the lead was jumping around a lot with all the pit stops.

JOHN MORTON (#77 GTS-3 MATTCO/Alco Capital Group BMW M3) -- GTS-3 winner of the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen -- It was hectic because it was wet in the beginning, then it started to dry. It was pretty eventful, but I didn't have any real problems. I just stayed out of trouble and kept up in a position where we could capitalize.We qualified third and I don't think we were ever out of the top three. We led a little bit early, and when Peter (Halsmer) got in at the end, two lead cars ran into each other and that left it to us.

KELLY COLLINS (#39 GTS-3 Carolina Turkey Porsche 911) -- GTS-3 second place finisher in the First Union 6 Hours of The Glen-- My thoughts are always on winning. It's a great importance. I definitely do this for anything else other than to come and winning the race. There isn't anyone that I would feel more comfortable having in the car at the end of the race then David Murry. We've been racing against one another for quite few years and series. This is the first time we've been teammates. I have to honestly say that I am more comfortable having him as a teammate and in the car then I am racing against him. That's how good I feel about him. We've got a good car. There were quite a few close calls. We started the race on four rain (tires) and ran them until the track dried out and then we went to slicks. It was awful squarely out there. I was side ways a lot through the esses. The biggest close call was when I was coming into the pits taking the shoulder harness off, my elbow hit the power switch and turned the power off. We coasted almost to a stop before I realized the power was off. We made it back to the pits.

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