Tafel Racing Looks Ahead to Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, NY- The Tafel Racing team had a lot to think about on the five-hour drive west to Watkins Glen Tuesday. The scenario at Lime Rock Park on Monday had been all too familiar. Great times in...
Tafel Racing Looks Ahead to Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, NY- The Tafel Racing team had a lot to think about on the five-hour drive west to Watkins Glen Tuesday. The scenario at Lime Rock Park on Monday had been all too familiar. Great times in all the practice sessions, qualifying on the pole, and then the #72 NEC Porsche GT3 Cup driven by Wolf Henzler and Robin Liddell once again fell victim to the Pontiac GTO, finishing 3rd in the Rolex GT Series Challenge. After starting 17th following a move to the back of the grid after post qualifying inspection found the car was below the required ride height, the team of Liddell and Henzler earned the Suntrust "Hard Charger" Award, as well as another podium finish.
The number 74 Rembrandt Charms Porsche GT3 Cup co-driven by Charles Espenlaub and Eric Lux finished 7th as they did at Homestead and Laguna Seca. Team owner Jim Tafel and Andrew Davis drove the 73 NEC Porsche GT3 Cup to a 13th place finish after repairs following mid-race suspension damage.
The rule change by the Grand American officials allowing the weight of all of the Porsches in the GT series to be 75 pounds less for this event was intended to help the Porsche teams in the race against the Pontiacs and was met with enthusiasm by Tafel Racing. Clearly, however, Grand Am hasn't yet gotten the correct balance for competition between Pontiac and Porsche, but it is hoped that they will soon.
As of Monday evening Lime Rock was history and now everyone is focusing their energy on Saturday's race, the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen, NY in round eight of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve. Anything can happen in any given race and in six hours on the 3.4 mile, 11-turn course, much will depend on good pit strategy and quick, clean pit stops, in addition to the skill of the drivers and the performance of their cars. more Tafel has the highest-placed prep 1 car (production based road car). All of the Tafel drivers can claim spots in the top ten in the points standings, with Henzler and Liddell tied for 2nd, Lux at 7th, Davis and Tafel at 8th and Espenlaub at 9th. Team standings look just as good with the 72 car in 2nd place, the 74 in 7th, and the 73 in 10th. The Tafel Racing duo of Henzler and Liddell currently leads the standings for the inaugural MESCO Building for the Future Rookie of the Year Award and winning both this and the Rolex Series GT championship is not out of the question for a team that has already achieved so much, coming from a 5th place finish in points in the 2005 season.