Daytona II: Chris Gleason preview

Gleason and His Teammates Are Tied for Fourth in Points Heading into Thursday Night's Paul Revere 250 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. and his teammates, Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla. and R.J. Valentine of ...

Gleason and His Teammates Are Tied for Fourth in Points Heading into Thursday Night's Paul Revere 250

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Chris Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. and his teammates, Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla. and R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass., are tied for fourth place in the national standings for the GT division of the Grand American Road Racing Association going into the Paul Revere 250 Thursday night at Daytona International Speedway here.

The trio drives The Racers Group #66, a bright blue Porsche GT3 RS sponsored by the Gleason Group, F1 Boston, Monster Cable and Adobe Road Winery.

Professional race car drivers Boris Said of Carlsbad, Calif. (154 points); Bill Auberlen of Rolling Hills Estates, Calif. (151) and Mike Fitzgerald of Fountain Hills, Ariz. (139) are leading Gleason and his teammates, who have 137 points. The owner of The Racers Group, Kevin Buckler of Sonoma, Calif., is fifth with 128 points. A total of 110 different drivers have earned points in the class so far this year.

Thursday night's race is the season's halfway point, as it is the sixth of 12 races on the 2004 Rolex series schedule.

Eleven p.m. may be an unusual time to begin an auto race, but it has that time slot because the Paul Revere 250 is part of NASCAR's Pepsi 400 weekend. The Rolex series race will begin approximately 10 minutes after NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying concludes on Thursday night. The series organizers hope that stock car fans who aren't familiar with road racing will stay late that night in order to learn more about the Rolex series, which will compete on Daytona's 3.56-mile road course.

The Paul Revere 250 will be shown on a tape-delayed basis Sunday at noon Eastern on the SPEED channel.

Thursday morning Gleason plans to be part of a delegation of Rolex series drivers who will visit Camp Boggy Creek in Eustis, Fla. Part of actor Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang camps, it is a year-round facility for children ages 7 to 16 that have chronic or life-threatening illnesses. The camp is a designated charity of the Rolex series.

Gleason is at Daytona today practicing for Thursday's race.

"I always like to run at Daytona under the lights," Gleason said.

For more information see www.gleasonagency.com, www.theracersgroup.com, www.grandamerican.com, www.f1boston.com, www.theglen.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Bill Auberlen , Ian James , Paul Newman , Chris Gleason , R.J. Valentine