Watkins Glen: Finlay Motorsports race report

PLAYING BUMPER CARS IN THE RAIN Finlay Motorsports Drivers Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley Give The Team Its Second 4th-Place Finish In A Row At Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen Under extremely challenging...

PLAYING BUMPER CARS IN THE RAIN

Finlay Motorsports Drivers Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley Give The Team Its Second 4th-Place Finish In A Row At Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen

Under extremely challenging conditions that started out hot and humid and progressed to a blinding downpour, the Finlay Motorsports duo of Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley brought the #19 Air Force Reserve / Make A Wish / Commercial Defeasance Dinan-powered BMW Riley home in fourth place during Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen.

This marks the second 4th-place finish in a row for theteam after leading the race for 13 laps and running with the leaders throughout the grueling event. McDowell qualified the car 3rd on the starting grid for the race, the Finlay Motorsports team's best qualifying effort to date. The race was won by the #67 Krohn Racing entry of Nic J0x00f6nsson and Tracy Krohn.

"Thanks to all the hard work of the Finlay Motorsports crew, we definitely had the car to beat this weekend," said McDowell, the 2004 Star Formula Mazda champion. "What cost us the race was getting rammed from behind by the #67 car during the re-start of the final yellow flag while I was leading with eight laps to go. That spun me off in the first turn dropping us back to 5th. I was able to get back up into 4th, but when I took at run at the 3rd-place #01 car on the last lap he butted me over toward the guard rail and it was either wreck both of us or let him have it and settle for 4th."

Purely by chance, due to the way the yellow flags fell and the race strategy worked out, McDowell wound up driving 110 laps of the 150-lap race, while teammate Memo Gidley drove 40 laps.J

"I'd have liked to get a little more seat time, but that's the way it goes sometimes and my hat's off to Michael for a tremendous drive," said Gidley, 33, of Novato, California. "The cockpit of these cars on a day like today is like an oven, with temperatures approaching 120 degrees. For him to spend that much time in the car gives a whole new meaning to the term 'endurance racing.' Even though a pair of 4th-place finishes in a row is a big accomplishment in a series this competitive, the team is actually operating at a much higher level than those results indicate. We're a threat to win every weekend, and the next race is at Daytona, the first time this season we're going back to a track where we've raced before. So expect to see us running up front there, too."

The Finlay Motorsports team's next event is the Mosport 200 Grand Am Cup race on June 19 at Mosport International Raceway in Ontario, Canada. McDowell and Finlay Motorsports team owner Rob Finlay will co-drive the team's #60 Air Force Reserve / Make A Wish / Commercial Defeasance BMW M3 in a 200-mile / 82-lap / 2 1/2-hour contest scheduled to take the green flag at 3:30 pm ET.

On June 30, McDowell and Gidley will re-team in the #19 Daytona Prototype for Round 7 of the 2005 Grand American Rolex Series, a unique Thursday evening race taking place prior to the NASCAR weekend at Daytona. Teams will practice, qualify and race, all in one day. The Brumos Porsche 250, a 250-mile / 70-lap / 2 0x00be hour event is scheduled to take the green flag at 7:15 pm ET. The race will be broadcast live on the SPEED Channel.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Memo Gidley , Michael McDowell , Tracy Krohn , Rob Finlay
Teams Krohn Racing