HURLEY HAYWOOD, JOHN PAUL JR. SET FOR FIRST UNION SIX HOURS WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Hurley Haywood and John Paul Jr., two of the top names in the history of American road racing, will go head to head once again at Watkins Glen International in...
HURLEY HAYWOOD, JOHN PAUL JR. SET FOR FIRST UNION SIX HOURS
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Hurley Haywood and John Paul Jr., two of the top names in the history of American road racing, will go head to head once again at Watkins Glen International in the June 7-9 First Union Six Hours of the Glen. Haywood will team with Tom Hessert in a Porsche 911, while Paul joins Pete Halsmer, Bill Auberlen and Javier Quiros with the three-car First Union/Valvoline BMW M3 team. The First Union Six Hours of the Glen is a revival of a traditional World Endurance Championship weekend which was held at the Glen from 1968-81. Haywood started his racing career in the 1969 Six Hours, teaming with the late Peter Gregg to win their class in a Porsche. "It's really nice that the Six Hours is back," said Haywood, who won a pair of IMSA championship in addition to one Trans-Am title. "I think the length of the race is a good one. It gives the fans something to watch. There are pit stops, there's strategy involved, and I think it's a real intelligent race. It is a format where you can get big fields and lots of drivers. I think it's good for the sport." Haywood was the first driver to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours of LeMans in the same year (1977). He won the Rolex 24 five times, LeMans twice and the 12 Hours of Sebring three times. He also won the first IMSA race at the Glen in 1972, and returned to win both the Six Hours and Trans-Am races in 1977. A frequent visitor to the Glen's Victory Circle podium, his most recent victory here was in the 1993 IMSA Supercar race. Haywood will be join 1988 IMSA Camel Lights champion Tom Hessert in a Porsche fielded by Alex Job Racing. "I'm pretty confident," Haywood admitted. "It's a long race, and it's a format I enjoy doing. I think we should have a good time, and some good luck at the Glen. The BMWs are really good on the shorter races, but I think when we go to the long format, the BMWs will become tired quite quickly, and I think we'll do quite well with our Porsches." John Paul Jr., one of the lead drivers for Tom Milner's BMW M3 team, disagrees. "I think the Glen is a very good track for a BMW," Paul said. "The car has excellent straight line speed, and we're getting pretty good with the handling.
"I've raced in the old Six Hours lots of time, and I really missed it," added Paul, who shared second place in class with the late Al Holbert in the 1976 Six Hours. "I've always had good luck there in the past, and I'm really looking forward to being back there with the BMW team. I think they're due for a win, and it would be nice to do it at Watkins Glen." Practice for the First Union Six Hours of the Glen begins at noon on Friday, June 7. Saturday's schedule includes qualifying for all three classes, followed by a three-hour IMSA Endurance Championship race at 2 p.m. Sunday opens with a 40-minute debut of the new IMSA Slick 50 Pro Series at the Glen. The First Union Six Hours of the Glen starts at 11 a.m. Wrapping up the schedule will be the start of One Lap of America, with competitors opening the 4,500-mile rally by taking a two-lap time trial, starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are now on sale for the First Union Six Hours of the Glen. For additional information or credit card orders, call (607) 535-2481. Media Contact: J.J. O'Malley (607) 535-2486, ext. 207; FAX: (607) 535-7854 Compuserve: 73771,531; E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org