Mid-Ohio/Watkins Glen II: Chris Gleason preview

Gleason to Race at Mid-Ohio This Saturday and Watkins Glen Next Friday JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Aug. 4 - Chris Gleason and The Racers Group Porsche ...

Gleason to Race at Mid-Ohio This Saturday and Watkins Glen Next Friday

JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Aug. 4 - Chris Gleason and The Racers Group Porsche #66 team in the Grand American Rolex series have six more races this year, and two of them are coming up in the next nine days.

Gleason, of Johnstown, Pa., and co-drivers Ian James of Kissimmee, Fla. and R.J. Valentine of Hingham, Mass. are entered in the Emco Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio this Saturday, Aug. 7. They go into the event tied for second place in the GT point standings.

The Mid-Ohio race will be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on SPEED at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The following Friday night, Aug. 13, they're entered in the Sahlen's 200 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., a race which is being held in conjunction with a NASCAR Nextel Cup event.

The Watkins Glen race will also be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on SPEED. The starting time for that telecast is 10 p.m. Eastern that evening.

The Mid-Ohio race is slated for 250 miles and the distance for the Glen race is 200 miles. The trio finished fourth in a six-hour race at Watkins Glen in June.

"As we move into the last half of the season, we're pulling out all of the stops to get our first win," Gleason said. "We continue to develop the Porsche, particularly in the handling and aero areas."

The Mid-Ohio race and the race at Watkins Glen are the seventh and eighth on a 12-race 2004 schedule. The circuit returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla. Sept. 10-12 and then has a grueling schedule of three races in October. They are slated for Virginia Int'l Raceway in Alton, Va. Oct. 1-3; Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Oct. 8-10 and California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Oct. 28-31.

The team is sponsored by The Gleason Group, F1 Boston, Monster Cable and Adobe Road Winery.

At Mid-Ohio, qualifying is scheduled to be held at 4:30 p.m. this Friday, and the race is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. the following afternoon.

For the Glen, quals are set for 4:10 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12. The race will start at approximately 6 p.m. the next night, right after NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying.

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

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ian James , Chris Gleason , R.J. Valentine