G&W Motorsports Takes Seventh in The Glen 250 WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 19, 2004) - After taking the 22nd position in Grand-Am Cup Series qualifying, G&W Motorsports was able to rally to a seventh-place finish in The Glen 250 at Watkins Glen ...
G&W Motorsports Takes Seventh in The Glen 250
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 19, 2004) - After taking the 22nd position in Grand-Am Cup Series qualifying, G&W Motorsports was able to rally to a seventh-place finish in The Glen 250 at Watkins Glen International today. Tracy Krohn (Manderville, La.) and Joe Fox (Charlotte, N.C.) shared driving duties in the No. 81 Porsche 996 sponsored by W&T Offshore and Brooke during the caution-filled race.
Krohn started the No. 81 Porsche in the 22nd position but quickly worked his way up through the field and was running in the top five by lap 10. After running as high as second place, Krohn handed the Porsche over to Fox in fifth place.
Slipping to 30th place during the driver change, Fox was able to pull the Porsche into the top 10 within with in a few laps before taking the checkered flag in seventh place.
As the checkered flag came out, so did the eighth full-course caution in the accident-filled race.
"There was a ton of traffic all day long with a lot of yellows," explained Fox. "This is not a very forgiving track. We just tried to run a pretty mistake-free race. There were some good guys in front of us, so we were pretty pleased with a seventh-place finish.
"The car was awesome. G&W Motorsports does a wonderful job, continued Fox. "Tracy did an incredible job during the first stint and gave me the car in great condition. The gloves came off the last 45 minutes of the race. We managed to keep the thing on all four wheels and got a good finish. We could have done a little better, but championships aren't won in one race."
This weekend's Grand-Am Cup race at Watkins Glen International marked the first time both drivers had competed on The Glen's 3.4-mile road course.
"It was a great track to race on. This was the first time either of us have ever driven the track in competition, so a top-10 finish was great," said Krohn. "There are some really great drivers in this series, and this track is very fast and not forgiving. You make a mistake, and it really weighs on you. It might not weigh on these 20-year-olds as much as it does this 49-year-old. I held my own though. I had it as high as second place for a while there."
After scoring a podium finish in only the second race of the season, the No. 81 Porsche fell victim to bad luck at the next two events with a 26th-place finish in Phoenix and 12th-place finish in Mont-Tremblant. This weekend, the drivers are happy to be back in the top 10.
"It was time," said Krohn. "I got hit at Mont-Tremblant and Phoenix pretty hard in the back left of the car both times. It was nice to finish without getting hit too hard. There was some rubbing out there, but nothing that was uncalled for."
"We're much happier, but we definitely want to be on the podium," added Fox. "We have the car, we have the team, and we have the ability. There is some really good competition in this series though. You make a mistake, and it's hard to recover. We need to continue with the top-10 finishes and get some more podium finishes so we can get back in the hunt for the championship."
The Glen 250 will be air on SPEED Channel in a tape-delayed broadcast next Sunday, June 27 at 2 p.m. ET.
G&W Motorsports is based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway. For additional information on the team, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.
More information on the Grand-Am Cup Series is available at www.grandamerican.com.