SCC: Watkins Glen: Grand Sport race notes

TPC Racing make it two-in-a-row with victory at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 21, 2003) -- TPC Racing picked up its second-straight Grand-Am Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen International today in The Glen Grand Sport 250. Drivers Michael...

TPC Racing make it two-in-a-row with victory at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 21, 2003) -- TPC Racing picked up its second-straight Grand-Am Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen International today in The Glen Grand Sport 250. Drivers Michael Levitas and Randy Pobst's dedicated their rain-soaked victory to their fallen teammate James Haggerty, who lost his life in a non-racing auto accident last week.

Chris Dyson and Darren Law finished second in the G&W Motorsports #6 Porsche, while TPC Racing's #23 Porsche of Michael Schrom and Andy Lally took third-place honors.

Levitas put the #18 Porsche GT3 Cup on the pole during a rainy qualifying session that was delayed due to heavy fog on Saturday morning, however he lost the lead on the opening lap of the race because of the team's decision to start on slick tires instead of rain tires. The team's tire gamble paid off on lap 18 when Levitas was able to put the Porsche back in front of the field as other teams ducked into the pits to take on slicks as track conditions continued to improve.

Levitas built up more than a minute advantage over his closest competitor, allowing the #18 Porsche to maintain the lead when it came into the pits under the second of five full-course cautions to put in Randy Pobst. Although Pobst was shuffled back to third place by Lally in TPC Racing's #23 entry and Doug Goad in the Powell Motorsports #11 Corvette when the rain began again, he was able to keep the #18 Porsche in the leading pack of cars after pitting to take on rain tires.

Pobst had the #18 Porsche right on the tail of Law in the leading #6 Porsche as the track retuned to green flag conditions with only four laps remaining. When Law got a little squirrelly in the first turn one lap later, Pobst was able to get the nose of the #18 Porsche underneath the #6 Porsche just enough to grab the lead. Although Law challenged to retake the lead, he was unable to move back in front before the checkered flag flew.

Team owner Michael Baughman celebrated his first Grand-Am Cup Series Grand Sport II victory as a driver today with co-driver Brett Shanaman in the #46 Firebird of Michael Baughman Racing. The duo finished more than 30 seconds ahead of the father-son duo of Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker in the Planet Earth Motorsports #40 Porsche 911, which took home second- place honors in the class.

Baughman's #50 Firebird, piloted by Frank DelVecchio and Bob Ward, rounded out the GS II podium with its third-place finish.

The Glen Grand Sport 250 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on July 5. Visit www.speedtv.com for times and availability. The Grand-Am Cup Series travels next to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic next weekend. Tickets are currently on sale online at www.midohio.com or by calling 800-MID-OHIO. Additional information on the Grand-Am Cup Series can be found online at www.grandamerican.com.

Grand Sport Driver Quotes

RANDY POBST (#18 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup) -- First Place Overall

"We wanted to win this so bad because one of our teammates, James Haggerty, who drove the 15 car passed away last week. We wanted to honor him with a good run. I think his spirit was there behind us because we beat some good teams out there today in a great Grand Am race. The team Turbo Performance Porsche was the fastest car out on the track in the fast corners. On the slow corners I was vulnerable and Darren Law was really making a run at me in another Porsche. We're happy because we have the whole Ajilon crowd here. I just went for it and my team built me a car that could win the race."

DARREN LAW (#6 G&W Motorsports / Porsche GT3 Cup) -- Second Place Overall

"I am just ecstatic that we made it to the podium. We have had such a tough time. We should have won the race before this so I am very happy that we came home in second. The rain effected us as far as having to be careful and not making a mistake. We had to be really touchy and on our tip toes out there."

ANDY LALLY (No. 23 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup) -- Third Place Overall

"Mike started it and I finished it. Mike did a super job in the beginning too. We just held on, bring it home, put it on the podium."

MICHAEL SCHROM (No. 23 TPC Racing Porsche GT3 Cup) -- Third Place Overall

"We took a little gamble upfront and decided to get started on the dry tires and it paid off. It allowed me to keep us up there in the beginning and hand it over to Andy. We had a couple little issues in the pits, but Andy came out and brought it all back. Amazing job how these kids drive -- it's unreal."

BRETT SHANAMAN (No. 46 Michael Baughman Racing) -- First Place GS II

"I love the rain, it was fun! The biggest challenge was staying safe and staying smart. We both did a great job, kept the car clean. I love this track! I love racing here! I won here in 2000 and it's great to be back."

MICHAEL BAUGHMAN (No. 46 Michael Baughman Racing) -- First Place GS II

"Brett did a wonderful job. The crew worked their tails off, we just kept the car clean and they gave Brett a car to race with there at the end."

JOE NONNAMAKER (No. 40 Planet Earth Motorsports) -- Second Place GS II

"The race was really interesting. It was so rainy and on the restarts you couldn't see anything at all. We were out this morning and there was fog and you couldn't even see down the back straightaway. On a couple of the restarts I never did find the markers until I got to them to hit the breaks. There was running water, we were joking on one of the yellow flags that there was enough water at the toe of the boot, just before the turn, for ducks to land. Then we decided that Planet Earth should protest, not have a restart, so we don't kill the ducks! We want to stop the race right now! But it didn't happen."

FRANK DELVECCHIO (No. 50 Michael Baughman Racing Firebird) -- Third Place GS II

"It was a good run for us. Nothing more fun than running in the rain and then running in the dry."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Pobst , Wayne Nonnamaker , Doug Goad , Andy Lally , Darren Law , Michael Schrom , Michael Levitas , James Haggerty , Michael Baughman , Brett Shanaman , Bob Ward , Chris Dyson