Watkins Glen: Heritage Motorsports Saturday notes

Watkins Glen, NY - Saturday 21 June 2003 - Scott Lagasse, Busch and Winston Cup driver, will join the Heritage Motorsports Mustang GTS team this weekend to make a three-man driving team for the 6 hour endurance race tomorrow at the historic...

Watkins Glen, NY - Saturday 21 June 2003 - Scott Lagasse, Busch and Winston Cup driver, will join the Heritage Motorsports Mustang GTS team this weekend to make a three-man driving team for the 6 hour endurance race tomorrow at the historic Watkins Glen International race track. Driving with Lagasse will be team owner, Dave Machavern (Vermont) and Tommy Riggins (Florida, engineer). The race will start Sunday 22 June at 10:30AM EDST. Machavern and Riggins are coming off of a GTS class win, and 3rd place overall at California Speedway (Fontana, CA) just two weeks ago, where Riggins set a new GTS track record in qualifying. Two wins in 2003 (the other at Phoenix), various poles and a second-place at Birmingham have placed Machavern in the lead for owner points. The team's first win came here in August of 2002 at the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 (mile).

Today's weather has dominated activities at Watkins Glen this morning, with extreme fog and rain conditions forcing a re-working of the practice and qualifying schedule. Race-day weather is predicted to be dryer, but today water has rendered a qualifying dilemma for Grand American. At noon, exactly an hour before qualifying's start, the resolution was to order starting grid positions based upon team owner points, although teams were allowed abbreviated practice. This places the Mustang on the GTS pole, starting 7th overall in a field of 26 cars. Set-ups acquired today may be practically meaningless tomorrow, yet the track remains green as cars cast watery rooster-tails in their wakes.

This weekend's race is the second for Scott Lagasse with the Heritage Motorsports team in 2003, having been part of a four-driver line-up at the 24 Hours of Daytona which also included Winston Cup driver Kevin Lepage. Lagasse's best NASCAR Busch series finish came here at Watkins Glen in 1994 when only Terry Labonte beat him to the checker. Lagasse, a Floridian, drove partial Busch series schedules through 1998 and is considered to be something of a road-course specialist. He has driven Winston Cup races here as well, '93 & '94. In 1993 Scott brought the International Championship Trans-Am trophy to the USA, co-driving with Chris Knifel.

Dave Machavern has done well at Watkins Glen, living just over the state line in South Burlington, VT. Dave owns and runs two of the largest auto dealerships in that state and has a variety of other business interests. This is the second year he and Riggins have teamed, starting late in the 2002 schedule.

On Tuesday, 24 June, Riggins and Machavern are scheduled to test the Multimatic Daytona Prototype which won first in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year, and is now for sale. Since their Mustang GTS is the only non-prototype car to regularly qualify and finish among the new prototypes, a move to prototypes seems to be a logical step. The test will occur at Mosport in Canada. No commitments have been made by Heritage Motorsports to purchase such a car.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Labonte , Kevin Lepage , Tommy Riggins , Scott Lagasse Jr.