Felipe Giaffone: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda /Firestone * Felipe Giaffone on Watkins Glen: "I am anxious to go there because it looks like a really fun track to drive. I borrowed a video that shows the course from the perspective of an...
Felipe Giaffone: No. 14 ABC Supply Dallara/Honda /Firestone
* Felipe Giaffone on Watkins Glen: "I am anxious to go there because it looks like a really fun track to drive. I borrowed a video that shows the course from the perspective of an in-car camera -- except it wasn't an open wheel car that they used. But you can see where the turns are. When I get there I'm going to try to walk the track, drive around in a rental car or on a scooter. Anything I can learn about it before I get in the race car will be a help. I'm really pumped up about this weekend because I love driving these cars on a road course."
* ABC Supply will honor one of its professional contractors this weekend at the Glen. Country Siding & Windows will become an associate sponsor of A.J. Foyt's Racing team this weekend. The ABC Supply Dallara will carry the company's name on top of the sidepods and company owner Steve Pawlowski will meet with Foyt and Giaffone and have his picture taken. Pawlowski's business is based in Monroe, N.Y. not far from the ABC Supply distributor located in Newburgh, N.Y. ABC Supply is running a season-long promotion for its contractors who can enter to win to be an associate sponsor on the race car for a race in their market area.
* Last year, the Watkins Glen event proved very popular with ABC Supply customers and associates as some visitors made a six-hour bus trip to attend the event.
* A.J. Foyt returns to the Glen for the first time since 1989 when he drove his No. 14 Oldsmobile in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series' Bud at the Glen. Foyt qualified 35th and finished 37th after completing only seven laps due to the car's engine overheating. He missed last year's IndyCar Series event when Hurricane Rita struck the Gulf coast and his native Houston. Foyt's properties escaped unscathed because the storm made landfall east of Houston, closer to Louisiana.
* Last year Jeff Bucknum subbed for A.J. Foyt IV. Bucknum, who had not competed at the Glen since 1995, qualified 19th, his effort tempered by having spun in the Saturday morning practice session. In the race, a problem with the shifter cable in the closing laps prevented a top-10 finish, however he did place 11th.
* The Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Tissot will be televised live Sunday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. Eastern time on ABC.