Chris Wehrheim Watkins Glen Review: Bitter Sweet Weekend Chris Wehrheim joined Compass360/Racing again for the Chemung Canal Trust 200 at the Glen after a 9th place debut at Laguna Seca. Chris was confident going into the event as the team ...
Chris Wehrheim Watkins Glen Review: Bitter Sweet Weekend
Chris Wehrheim joined Compass360/Racing again for the Chemung Canal Trust 200 at the Glen after a 9th place debut at Laguna Seca. Chris was confident going into the event as the team spent 3 weeks of testing between Laguna and Watkins to develop the cars.
Because of scheduling conflicts, Chris could not make the test day on Thursday, so Chris would have to learn the track in a much shorter time period. The first session was stopped short, for Chris's throttle broke after only 12 laps, but the times Chris turned showed promise for the car. Session two was halted because of monsoon like weather, so Chris was not able to get any track time in session 2. Saturday morning practice started early in the morning and Chris was asked to switch to the 06 car from the 36 car. After adjusting to the 06 car, Chris was ready to qualify. Lap after lap. Chris was getting quicker and quicker and on the last lap of the qualifying session Chris turned a 1.13.725, which was good enough for 9th on the ST class grid.
Chris made a great start and moved up to 7th going into the first turn, but some over aggressive drivers forced Chris out wide on lap 2 and he was relegated to 9th. For the next 10 laps, Chris was setting a conservative pace as Chris was having trouble with front tires when really pushing the car. Just as Chris was starting to move up into 7th, a differential bearing broke, which forced the car to head to the garage.
"The weekend did not go as we hoped, but we showed we have the speed to run at the front," commented Wehrheim. "I look forward to Barber and with more development I am sure we can race for a podium finish. I have to thank Karl and the whole Compass360 crew for a great car this past weekend."
Chris would like to thank all of his sponsors, Skip Barber, Franklin Motorsports and a new sponsor to our team is The Racer's Shop, Inc. in Redondo Beach, CA. It is considered "L.A.'s HOTTEST Race Shop". The Racer's Shop is an authorized, factory- trained dealer for the Hans Device. It also is a dealer for Sparco, Stand 21, Alpinestars, OMP, ARAI, Bell and Oakley racewear products. Further, it carries the complete line of Intercomp gauges and scales, SpA fire systems, and Brembo and StopTech brakes.
The next race for Chris will be the Grand-Am Cup event at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. Also check out the Grand-Am Cup race at Watkins Glen on SPEED June 19.