WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 15, 2000) â€“ Hurley Haywood, Americaâ€™s most successful endurance racer and the winningest driver in the 53-year history of racing in Watkins Glen, will be looking to notch his 10th victory at the circuit in the Bosch...
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 15, 2000) – Hurley Haywood, America’s most successful endurance racer and the winningest driver in the 53-year history of racing in Watkins Glen, will be looking to notch his 10th victory at the circuit in the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest, the final race of the inaugural Grand American Road Racing Association season.
Haywood returns to Watkins Glen International in a Porsche, the same type of car he drove to eight of his nine victories. The Jacksonville, Fla., veteran joins brothers Steve and Danny Marshall in the Jennifer Fund Porsche fielded by G&W Motorsports in the race, the continuation of the Six Hours.
“I always love going back to the Glen, it’s one of my most favorite race tracks in the world,” said Haywood. “I love the track and I love the people there. It’s like going back home every year.” Haywood is a three-time Trans-Am winner at the Glen, when the race was part of the Six Hours, and also was an FIA class winner in the Six Hours. His first victory at the Glen was the inaugural Camel GT race in 1972, when he shared the podium with Brumos Porsche co-driver Peter Gregg. In the Nineties, he won a pair of IMSA Supercar races in Brum Porsches, took FIA GT class honors with Hans Stuck in a Brumos Porsche in 1994, and captured GTS-2 honors in the 1996 return of the Six Hours, joining Tom Hessert in a Porsche.
“Our main competition will be the Saleen,” Haywood said, referring to the five-time winning car of Terry Borcheller and Ron Johnson fielded by Steve Saleen and Tim Allen. “But I think the legendary reliability of the Porsche will come into play in the six hour race.”
His Glen achievements also include a 12th place finish in the 1981 Indy Car race, sixth and seventh in a pair of IROC appearances, and a pair of seconds in the New York 500.
Haywood is a five-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, three-time winner of the 24 Hours of LeMans, and two-time champion of the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Practice for the Bosch Sports Car Summerfest begins at 9:30 a.m. on Friday. The Grand-Am GT qualifying race is set for 7:15 p.m., followed by the SportsRacer qualifying race at 8 p.m. The weekend also includes a three-hour Motorola Cup race on Saturday, the American City Racing League, and a pair of U.S. F2000 National Championship races. For tickets, call (607) 535-2481. For additional information, visit the official web site, www.grand-am.com.