Watkins Glen: G&W Motorsport qualifying report

Wagner Puts Rx.com Daytona Prototype on Front Row at The Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 19, 2004) - Cort Wagner (Los Angeles, Calif.) put the Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran JE4 of G&W Motorsports on the front row for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The...

Wagner Puts Rx.com Daytona Prototype on Front Row at The Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 19, 2004) - Cort Wagner (Los Angeles, Calif.) put the Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran JE4 of G&W Motorsports on the front row for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen during Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying at Watkins Glen International today.

Wagner turned a 1:45.821 lap averaging 155.667 mph around The Glen's 3.4-mile road course, which includes the infamous 'boot' section. The pole position went to Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Racing No. 10 Pontiac Riley.

"I'm really, really happy for the whole Rx.com G&W Motorsports crew," said Wagner, who will share the Rx.com No. 81 Daytona Prototype with Kelly Collins (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Brent Martini (Corona del Mar, Calif.) on Sunday. "They deserve this after all the trouble we had a Mont-Tremblant. It was a good qualifying session. The conditions were great. I got a little held up on my fast lap, but what can you do? It still got me on the front row."

Last month, the Rx.com G&W Motorsports team was struck with engine trouble prior to the 6 Heures du Circuit Mont-Tremblant, resulting in the No. 81 BMW missing every practice and qualifying session. Despite the lack of track time, the trio of drivers was able to hold onto a respectable seventh-place finish.

This weekend, Wagner hopes his years of experience racing at The Glen, coupled with his past success at the track, will lead the Rx.com G&W Motorsports team to its first victory of the season.

"There is no question that my past experience on this track is helping me out this weekend," admitted Wagner. "I've gotten a lot of pro wins here. I won here twice in 2002 with Billy Auberlen and again last year with Brent."

Although speed put Wagner on the front row for tomorrow's six-hour enduro, the Californian admits that it will take much more to put the Rx.com Daytona Prototype in Gatorade Victory Lane on Sunday.

"Tempo is going to be key tomorrow and making sure nothing breaks," said Wagner. "There is a lot of traffic out there, even though we're on the long course. There are a lot of Porsches that will get in your way, and you just have to make sure you keep it clean."

After scoring top-five finishes at the first three events of the season, including podium finishes in Miami and Phoenix, Wagner and Collins claimed the Daytona Prototype points lead. However, the pair lost that lead last month in Mont-Tremblant to race-winners Scott Pruett and Max Papis of Chip Ganassi Racing, which qualified 11th today.

Trailing by only two points heading into Sunday's race, the Rx.com drivers are determined to move to the top of the podium and the point standings.

"Our goal tomorrow is for a win and the points lead back. We don't want to settle for anything less," said Wagner.

McDowell Qualifies Porsche Sixth in SGS Class

Michael McDowell (Phoenix, Ariz.) qualified the G&W Motorsports No. 86 Porsche GT3 Cup in the sixth position of the Super Grand Sport (SGS) class for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. McDowell clocked a 2:01.919 lap at 100.395 mph at the wheel of the Porsche sponsored by PipeServicesTT.com and Autobysite.com.

McDowell is actually a rival of G&W Motorsports in the Star Mazda Series, however the team was happy to have him on board for this weekend's Rolex Sports Car Series event sharing the No. 86 Porsche with Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Texas) and Tom Nastasi (Stamford, Conn.).

Van Wijk is the only female driver competing in the SGS class this weekend and one of only four women racing in Sunday's historic six-hour race. The Texan is also currently the only woman to own her race car in the Rolex Series.

Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen LIVE on SPEED Channel

Portions of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel on Sunday, beginning at 11 a.m. ET and cutting away to the Formula 1 race at 12:30 p.m. ET. The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen coverage will pick back up for the final two hours of racing at 3 p.m. ET. and wrap up after the checkered flag at 5:30 p.m. ET.

G&W Motorsports, based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway, is the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series, capturing the inaugural GT championship in 2000, both the GT and GTS championships in 2001 and the SRP II championship in 2003. G&W Motorsports is the only team to compete in every Rolex Series race since the series' inception, accumulating 15 class wins and 45 podium finishes in class. For additional information on G&W Motorsports, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.

More information on the Rolex Sports Car Series is available at www.grandamerican.com.


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Michael McDowell , Max Angelelli , Tom Nastasi , Brent Martini , Mae Van Wijk , Corona del Mar , Cort Wagner
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing