Watkins Glen II: Derhaag Motorsports race report

Dallenbach and Ruhlman bring home the ...

Dallenbach and Ruhlman bring home the #40 Preformed Line Products Daytona Prototype for Derhaag Motorsports at Watkins Glen International

Watkins Glen, NY (Aug. 13, 2006) -- The No. 40 Preformed Line Products Derhaag Motorsports Pontiac Riley, running as high as eighth overall, took the checkered flag in sixteenth overall in Friday evening's 200-mile Grand American Rolex Cup race at Watkins Glen International. Veteran race car driver Paul Dallenbach joined long-time team driver Randy Ruhlman for some very promising days of racing in the Daytona Prototypes at The Royal Crown 200 at The Glen. The 200-mile, two-hour race showcased the twenty-six car, Daytona Prototype-only, field on the 2.45-mile, short course track at Watkins Glen International, as part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend.

"Paul and Randy worked flawlessly together," said team owner Jim Derhaag. "They were basically interchangeable as drivers with times and feedback, and that made things really easy. The team did a great job with the car prep and pit stops, and practice and qualifying went well. So did the first half of the race, but something was definitely not right with the car after the pit stop--we just couldn't get the lap times after that. Both guys did a great job of driving and bringing it home, especially when the sun set and the visibility from our car became really bad. Even though our finishing position wasn't what we had hoped for, I'd have to say from an overall perspective, it was one of our most productive Daytona Prototype weekends."

Competition for the two-hour race, Round Twelve of the Grand American Rolex Cup race, the Royal Crown 200 At The Glen, started at dusk at 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening, August 11th, as part of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend at Watkins Glen. Television coverage on SPEED of the full race began same-day, tape-delayed at 9 p.m. ET.

The Grand American Rolex Series presented by Royal Crown heads next to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on August 26th, and then straight on to the Salt Lake City finale of the Rolex Cup Series, the Discount Tire Sunchaser, a nine-hour race at Miller Motorsports Park on Saturday, September 2nd. Both races will be aired on SPEED with the Infineon race broadcast next day, tape-delayed on Sunday, August 27th at 3 p.m. ET, and the nine-hour final race will be broadcast LIVE on Saturday, September 2nd at 2 p.m. ET.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Randy Ruhlman , Paul Dallenbach