Bodymotion Racing's Home Race at the Glen Ocean, N.J. - The Bodymotion team and drivers had been looking forward to this weekend's event at Watkins Glen in New York State. Drivers Michael Bavaro, Ocean, NJ, and Michael ...
Bodymotion Racing's Home Race at the Glen
Ocean, N.J. - The Bodymotion team and drivers had been looking forward to this weekend's event at Watkins Glen in New York State. Drivers Michael Bavaro, Ocean, NJ, and Michael Ellis, Wayne, PA, have many laps around the historic racing circuit. The circuit has also undergone a recent safety facelift in anticipation of the upcoming Indy Car race this year. Little did any of the 70 plus Grand Am Cup entries know that their event would be one of multiple accidents? Coming into the Chemung Canal Trust 200 weekend, the team was sitting in 10th place in the Grand Am Cup's points standings.
The team was focused on continuing their consistent top finishes. In Friday's first practice session, the Bodymotion Porsche 997 was getting up to speed quickly. However, there was a concern about the afternoon session because a weather system was approaching. The team was able to get their times into the 2:07 range despite the very hot conditions. These conditions later gave way to a strong thunderstorm that brought lightening to the race track and cut short the afternoon practice session for the teams.
Saturday's qualifying session with Ellis at the wheel found the team in 13th position. The team spent the remainder of the day preparing the car for the 56 lap race. When the Bodymotion 997 took the green with Ellis behind the wheel, he quickly began to make up positions. By lap six Ellis was in 9th position, a full course caution came out. "I was running great at the start," said Ellis. "I was coming to take the green flag after the caution when I was hit from behind and spun off the track." The incident caused some body damage but Ellis had fallen back into the 30 plus position in the race. The team had planned on a stop at the half way point of the race, but it would be important for Ellis to regain as many spots as he could. This was to be vital in the championship points race.
By lap 23 Ellis had the 997 in 18th position and he would pit several laps later to hand the Porsche over to Bavaro. Despite pitting under the green, Bavaro would remain on the lead lap. "The car felt good and I would get into a rhythm, but then there would be another full course caution," exclaimed Bavaro. "I have never dodged so many wrecked cars or had so many near misses in any race before." By lap 37 there was another full course caution and Bavaro was running in 16th position. That was not the last full course caution of the day. In fact the race ended under caution. Bavaro was able to make up some positions in the end and finish in 13th position, exactly where they began. Their finishing position was very commendable since the team had to recover from the early incident. The strong finish did however secure the team's position in the points race. For more information on the team, visit the BMS Group at www.burrismotorsport.com. Watch all of the race action on SPEED Sunday June 19 at 5pm.
The next race for the Bodymotion Porsche is at Mosport Canada June 17-18.