Watkins Glen: Goodyear Racing preview

Watkins Glen International Full of Goodyear History WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 15, 2004) -- No road racing circuit in North America has a more distinctive history than Watkins Glen International. That history includes everything from Formula One...

Watkins Glen International Full of Goodyear History

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 15, 2004) -- No road racing circuit in North America has a more distinctive history than Watkins Glen International. That history includes everything from Formula One to various world sports car series and even NASCAR's Nextel Cup.

Among the world's tiremakers, no star has shown brighter than Goodyear's at Watkins Glen and that is especially true of the long history of the Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen.

"We've won a lot of races at The Glen," said Bob Shaffer, marketing manager, sports car racing. "If you look at our Formula One record there and our history with the Nextel Cup series, then add all those wins to our sports car history, we have a great record at Watkins Glen."

Goodyear's next chance at The Glen will be the June 18-20 Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen race in the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series. Goodyear is the exclusive tire provider for the Daytona Prototype class, the most powerful cars in the Rolex series. The class has grown dramatically since its introduction in 2003. In the most recent Rolex Series race, there were more DP entrants (17) than any other class.

Goodyear will provide 2000 tires for the endurance test. The supply will include two dry-track compounds and Goodyear's famed sports car rain compound.

"Experience is pretty important for a tire company at The Glen," Shaffer said. "We'll be using the long course for this race and you have some high speed corners, low-speed corners and long straightaways on the long course. Last year the fastest qualifier averaged nearly 111 miles per hour in qualifying on the long course. That was the fastest qualifying speed for the DP class on a natural terrain track last season and that puts lots of strain on the tires."

In 1973, when The Glen was part of the World Manufacturers Championship schedule, Goodyear won its first six-hour race at the track when Henri Pescarolo and Gerard Larrousse co-drove a Matra Simca 670 to victory. It was the first of three straight wins in the event for Goodyear. All told, Goodyear has eight wins in six-hour sports car races at The Glen.

In 1995 and 1997, there were two other memorable Goodyear wins when Dyson Racing entries driven by Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver splashed through the rain to win World Sports Car Championship races.

Whether you look at the latest in sports car development or down through the annals of The Glen's history, Goodyear has been and continues to be the dominant tiremaker.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Gerard Larrousse