SCC: King Motorsports Watkins Glen preview

King Motorsports goes for three in a row at the Glen With two wins in a row at Watkins Glen International, King Motorsports is very excited at returning to the 3.4 mile circuit located in New York. King Motorsports will be looking for their...

King Motorsports goes for three in a row at the Glen

With two wins in a row at Watkins Glen International, King Motorsports is very excited at returning to the 3.4 mile circuit located in New York. King Motorsports will be looking for their second win of the season as they travel to the Glen for the June 22nd 250 mile / three hour (whichever comes first) race.

The Glen has been very good to the King Motorsports effort as they have found success for two straight years at the high speed track. In 2000, King Motorsports took the win in the Motorola Cup Sports Touring I (STI) class with a commanding victory in the #64 Acura Integra Type R. Drivers Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen not only bested the STI field, but also beat all the Grand Sports II cars as well, a very rare feat in a dry race. In 2001, King Motorsports returned to the track with Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen once again teaming up to produce a one lap margin of victory.

King Motorsports owner Scott Zellner attributes the two victories to the Acura Integra Type R's ability to perform well at the Watkins Glen circuit.

"I think the Glen suits the Integra Type R very well because it is a high speed momentum track," commented Zellner. "We usually struggle on any start and stop situations, such as the 'rovals' that we have raced on so far this year. This will be the first permanent road course facility we have went to this year, and we are looking forward to the race."

"The Integra is a momentum car, and you can keep up a pretty good momentum at the Glen," agreed Bob Endicott. "There are only a couple of slow corners. The heel of the boot and the re-entry on to the short course are pretty slow. Those are the two corners where the other cars will have a significant advantage. The Integra likes momentum tracks like Mid Ohio, Watkins Glen, Road America, or Mosport."

King Motorsports will also be looking forward to having a shot at the overall win as well. The Watkins Glen race will follow the split race format that Grand Am introduced at Phoenix International Raceway with the twin United Auto 250s. The split race format allows the Grand Sport I and II classes to have their own race, and the Sports Touring I and II classes to have their own race.

"The split race format was a real eye opener for everyone," continued Zellner. "It allows all the classes to run to their maximum lap times, without getting caught up in someone else's race from above (which would be GSII for us). Some of the slower GSII cars have fouled our races up in the past because they are still quick down the straights, but slow in the corners. That really hurts the Integra as we have to keep our momentum up due to our lack of torque."

Endicott, the 2001 STI Driver Champion, is also looking forward to the split race format from a driver's point of view as well.

"As long as there will be enough entries, I really enjoy the idea of getting to run for the (overall) lead," commented Endicott. "I think they will need at least forty cars for it to feel like it will be a full field. The last time I saw the entry list it was at thirty five, so I think we should see a lot of action for the fans."

Qualifying for the 2002 Sports Car Grand Prix at the Glen will take place on Friday June 21st, and the 250 mile (74 laps) / three hour race (whichever comes first) will start on Saturday at 2:30 PM. Tickets for the 2002 the Sports Car Grand Prix weekend are now on sale. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact The Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Endicott