Mike Forest Watkins Glen Race Report

Watkins Glen International

Rollercoaster Season Continues For Mike Forest

The ups and downs continued for Mike Forest at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen this weekend during round six of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Cars Series. After qualifying eight on the grid, Forest took the green flag for the six-hour event under tricky wet conditions and on lap four had what initially appeared as an innocent spin but turned out to be a race ending incident after getting hit heavily by a GT competitor.

After scoring his second podium of the season only a short week ago, Forest and the Starworks Motorsports team came to Watkins Glen with hopes of continuing the positive momentum but instead had to go through a trying weekend in which both team cars suffered heavy damage during the weekend and did not finish the endurance event.

Mike Forest
Mike Forest

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

After spending a few days at his home in Edmonton, Canada, Forest will head to Road America where he has ample experience after competing there in different racing series throughout his career. The next event of the Rolex Sports Car Series will take place on June 25th.

Mike Forest
#8 Miracle Grout Shield / Dynacor Media / Ford Riley Daytona Prototype \“It was obviously a very frustrating weekend for us. With that said I think we had a better car than in the previous races but decided to go with a dry setup and hope that the storm would pass and just deal with it in the meantime. I wasn’t trying to do any heroics it was just that close on the edge, we also had bad luck obviously because I had managed to keep it off the wall but then that GT car hit us and that did it, it was a big hit.

It’s critical that we address what’s keeping us from finishing these races and we need to figure out a new plan, we made a lot of progress with the car this weekend and I think if at Road America we can have more track time and continue developing the setup that would make it easier to keep pace during the race, without necessarily being so on the edge. I’m looking forward to the next event and just putting everything behind us and going for our next podium.”

-source: mike forest PR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric Gilbert , Mike Forest
Teams Starworks Motorsports
Tags prototype, starworks