Watkins Glen, NY (June 2, 2001) - Once the early morning fog lifted up on the hill, fans at Watkins Glen International were treated to some great historic racing with all 377 cars on track throughout the day. The morning schedule was shortened due...
Watkins Glen, NY (June 2, 2001) - Once the early morning fog lifted up on the hill, fans at Watkins Glen International were treated to some great historic racing with all 377 cars on track throughout the day. The morning schedule was shortened due to the heavy fog, but all eight Historic SportsCar Racing groups were able to qualify for the afternoon qualifying races.
The first race of the afternoon featured the Super Vee 30th Reunion, with a mystery-timed checkered flag in which the first car to cross the finish line after the mystery time expired (20 minutes) took the checkered flag. First time winner, Jerry Peters, solved the mystery and led the field into Victory Circle.
"I just had some guy blow by me like I was standing still and he went under the start/finish line," said Peters. "That brought out the checkered flag and I was really happy that they passed me."
After the Super Vee race, all eight HSR groups ran a qualifying race to set the line-ups for tomorrow's trophy races, beginning at 1:00 p.m. with the Volvo feature. The last race of the day was a six-lap Two-Liter Shoot-Out and found veteran winner at The Glen, Brian Redman, once again in Victory Circle. Redman passed Robert Hubbs on the last lap to take the victory.
"It was really an excellent race," said Redman. "I had a misfire early on in the race and dropped back to fourth and managed to get back up to lead and win the race."
Sunday morning will feature three one-hour enduros, starting with Rolex Vintage, followed by Classic GT and concluding with Rolex Historic. The MCI WorldCom Dash Series trophy races start after lunch and will round out the weekend rich in historic racing at The Glen.
The 2001 Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races at Watkins Glen feature a full program of Historic Sports Car racing, highlighted by tomorrow's tribute to Volvo and an F1 vs. CART Shootout. The weekend offers an action-packed schedule of racing with over 300 immaculately restored race cars from the IMSA GTP, Camel Lights and GT, SCCA Can-Am, Trans-Am and Formula 5000, Indy Car, and the FIA Championship of Makes series.
Tickets for the 2001 season, including this weekend's Chemung Canal Trust Historic Races, at Watkins Glen are now available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.