Watkins Glen II: Washington Ferrari race summary

Washington Ferrari take third straight win. WATKINS GLEN, NY, August 9. Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner drove the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT to another GT class win in tonight's Bully Hill Vineyards 250. The race, part of the...

Washington Ferrari take third straight win.

WATKINS GLEN, NY, August 9. Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner drove the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT to another GT class win in tonight's Bully Hill Vineyards 250. The race, part of the Rolex Grand American Sports Car Series and run on the 2.4 mile Watkins Glen "short course," gives the team three wins in three races for its new "factory" 360 GT, sponsored by Girard-Perregaux watches.

"It wasn't a pretty race," team manager Glenn Marquis explained. "We had two tire failures, and were passed under a yellow flag by the race leader, which put us a lap behind the Mosler with which we were battling. Fortunately GrandAm officials saw what had happened and we got our lap back. The crew did two really quick pit stops to replace the tires, so we were never more than a minute or so out of the lead. When the Mosler had to stop for fuel the race was ours."

Auberlen had qualified the Ferrari on the GT pole, and led the first eight laps, when the Chevy-engined Mosler passed for the class lead. Auberlen retook the lead ten laps later, and held it until the first tire failure. The Mosler again took the lead at that point but the Ferrari remained close on its tail, and regained the lead two laps from the end, Wagner winning by 44 seconds.

"I haven't looked at the points yet," said Marquis, "but I think this will give us the lead in both the drivers championship, with Bill and Cort in a tie, and the team championship."

The team will display a Ferrari 360 GT at the Concorso Italiano, near Carmel Valley, California, on August 16 when Girard-Perregaux will formally announce their new 360 GT watch, inspired by the Washington 360 GT.

The Bully Hill Vineyards 250 can be seen on Speed Channel at 1PM (Eastern) on Sunday, August 11.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Cort Wagner