Watkins Glen: CB Motorsports race report

CB Motorsports / DLGL Software Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype Is Just Too Hot At The Glen At the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen held at the Watkins Glen International circuit this past weekend, the beautiful ...

CB Motorsports / DLGL Software Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype Is Just Too Hot At The Glen

At the Sahlen's 6 Hours of The Glen held at the Watkins Glen International circuit this past weekend, the beautiful #15 CB Motorsports / DLGL Software Lexus-Riley Daytona Prototype was dressed like a serious contender in its hot-looking beautiful blue and white graphic scheme. But good looks on the outside can't overcome an awful pain on the inside. And for drivers Chris Bingham, and Jacques and Hugo Guenette, the extreme heat that is so unusual for the month of June in this upstate New York town turned out to be an awful pain indeed.

Bingham: "We had a few problems in qualifying. And then, in the race we cracked our heat exchanger two laps in. That caused our engine to overheat. And it was already hot enough outside so we did not need any additional help!

"About two hours into the race our motor started to overheat badly. At that point we thought we might have a crack in our cylinder head. That was not the kind of performance we were expecting from this car, this weekend. We came in here with high hopes of collecting a decent and strong finish but the heat was just too much.

"We kept the car out there but had to pit every 20 minutes or so, to try and get the car cooled down. But we stayed in the race until the end and we at least finished."

The team brought their wounded and hot race car home in 18th place, 21 laps behind the winning #67 TRG / Krohn Racing Pontiac-Riley of Tracy Krohn and Nic Jönsson.

As if the heat and humidity were not enough to challenge the stamina and ability of a race driver, Mother Nature decided to open her skies and drench the race circuit with a heavy downpour of rain. While several cars suffered damage from off-course excursions, the CB Motorsports / DLGL Software Lexus-Riley managed to avoid damaging any of that beautiful graphics scheme by staying on the track, even in the worst downpour.

Bingham: "Obviously we are disappointed about the heat exchanger problem but, we can still look back and say we had a great weekend other than that. We feel we learned a lot about our car this weekend. For one thing, we had our new chassis engineer John Mills, with us for the first time. John will be working with us for the rest of the year as well, except for several dates that conflict with his involvement with a Trans Am team. John will miss Barber (the Porsche 250 Presented By Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park), and the next Watkins Glen race (the Watkins Glen 200, August 11-12), as well as Mid Ohio (the EMCO GEARS Classic at Mid Ohio, August 26-27).

"We are looking forward to the next race at Daytona (the Brumos Porsche 250, June 29-30). We will be making a lot of changes to our car over the next few weeks. We also plan to conduct a test session after Daytona.

"We know the road to success is a long one. We also know that we are getting closer to finding a balance with our car and that it won't be long until we are on pace with the rest of the field. One thing is certain, we won't stop moving forward and improving our performance. We are in this to challenge for the lead every time we take to the track!"

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Krohn Racing