Watkins Glen preview notes

DYSON FILES TWO-CAR ENTRY FOR WATKINS GLEN 'HOMECOMING' WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- This weekend's First Union Six Hours of the Glen Presented by Acxiom will be a homecoming for Rob Dyson's Poughkeepsie-based team. Dyson has entered a pair of ...


WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- This weekend's First Union Six Hours of the Glen Presented by Acxiom will be a homecoming for Rob Dyson's Poughkeepsie-based team. Dyson has entered a pair of Ford-powered Riley and Scott Mark III Exxon World SportsCars, looking to both repeat last year's success at the Glen to breaking through with his first victory of the season. James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger scored a seven-second victory over the Ferrari of Fermin Velez and Mauro Baldi in the 1995 Glen event, which was three hours in duration. Placing fifth was the second Dyson entry, driven by Dyson himself and Andy Wallace. All four drivers will return for the Glen race, joined by veteran John Paul Jr. "Watkins Glen is very much our home circuit for Dyson racing, and it's absolutely one of my favorite circuits, so we'll be trying to win again," said Weaver. "Physically, from a driver's point of view, the new Six Hour format is obviously is a bit harder, but our cars (touch wood!) are very reliable now. We'll probably run 200-300 revs less on the motor. That's about it." "I think we're in fantastic shape for the Glen," echoed Leitzinger. "The whole team knows the Glen very well. Our car's very well suited for the track. It likes high speed turns a lot, and the Glen's got a ton of those." Dyson is just looking for a change in luck. "We have had the worst of luck of any racing series I've been in," admitted Dyson. "At least it's a consolation to know we've always been there. "At Road Atlanta we were second, and gaining on the lead Ferrari by a second a lap, and we lost a valve. We'd had no engine failures at all, and then we had three in one weekend! Then at Texas we had a substantial (two lap) lead, and ran over a piece of debris. "We thought this year we would be in great shape," Dyson added. "We thought we had a cars perfected. Then we had a couple component failures -- components we never had break before." Dyson's cars placed second and third in the most recent Exxon World SportsCar race, at Lime Rock, Conn., on Memorial Day. Max Papis, the sensational Italian rookie, drove the Momo Ferrari 333SP to victory after executing a last-lap pass of Weaver. Dyson's team competed in the former Camel GTP series from 1985-92, winning 12 races in a Porsche 962. The announcement of the Exxon World SportsCar concept in late 1993 revived Dyson's interest. After a year attempting to compete with a Ferrari-powered Spice chassis, Dyson contracted the well-known Riley & Scott firm to design and build a World SportsCar. It took only three races for Weaver to score a victory at Road Atlanta, and triumphs at Lime Rock, the Glen, Sears Point, Mosport and New Orleans followed. Now, Dyson is looking to get this season back on track, and he can think of no better place to do it than the Glen. "We will attempt, yet again, to put on a good show for the Watkins Glen fans," Dyson said. "We'll get it gathered back up and hopefully, everything will hold up." Weaver is in his 10th year driving for the Dyson team. The Englishman is splitting time between the Exxon World SportsCar and driving a McLaren in the European BPR series. Leitzinger is well known to Glen fans for his NASCAR stock car exploits. He won the 1994 Busch North 125 in his NASCAR debut, and also won a pair of BGNN races at Lime Rock in 1994 and 1995. Leitzinger also competed in Busch Grand National and Winston Cup races, scoring a 12th in last year's Bud at the Glen and a 16th in the Lysol 200.

Media Contact: J.J. O'Malley (607) 535-2486, ext. 207; FAX: (607) 535-7854 Compuserve: 73771,531; E-Mail: 73771.531@compuserve.com

News from The Glen June 1, 1996

ACXIOM NAMED PRESENTING SPONSOR OF FIRST UNION SIX HOURS WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. -- Watkins Glen International announced today that Acxiom Corporation has been named Presenting Sponsor of the June 7-9 First Union Six Hours of the Glen. "As Presenting Sponsor of the First Union Six Hours, Acxiom will have an exciting and historic venue through which it can promote its sales and marketing activities with customers and prospects," said Charles D. Morgan, Acxiom's President and Chairman. Morgan will compete in the First Union Six Hours of the Glen Presented by Acxiom, co-driving the Acxiom Oldsmobile with his son, Rob, in the Exxon GTS-1 class. Rob Morgan is the current points leader in the Exxon GTS-1 category, scoring 106 counters to 101 for Irv Hoerr. Charles Morgan is third with 89 points. Acxiom Corporation provides decision support systems that deliver the knowledge corporations need to drive their business, by enriching internal data with external information, then making it accessible enterprise-wide via data warehouses built on specific industry expertise. Founded in 1969, Acxiom is headquartered in Conway, Ark., with locations throughout the United States and the United Kingdom.

PRIESTLEY JOINS BRADFORD FORD TEAM FOR ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP Jason Priestley, star of Fox TV's "Beverly Hills 90210," will be part of the Bradford, Pa.-based Two Friends Racing team in the three-hour IMSA Endurance Championship race during the First Union Six Hours of the Glen Presented by Acxiom weekend. Priestley will co-drive the Triple Caution Racing Ford Mustang Cobra R in the event, which takes the green flag at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Bradford drivers John Kohler and Gary Smith will drive the other team car, the Zippo Manufacturing Company Ford Mustang Cobra R. Priestley placed third in the 1995 SCCA Pro Rally Series. His best finish in three races this season was a 16th in Grand Sports and 26th overall in April at Road Atlanta.

BORIS SAID TO COMPETE IN FIRST UNION SIX HOURS Boris Said, one of racing's busiest drivers, will take on a new challenge in the First Union Six Hours of the Glen Presented by Acxiom. Said will co-drive the #06 Valvoline/First Union BMW M3s with Javier Quiros as part of Tom Milner's three-car entry in the Exxon GTS-2 category. Pete Halsmer and Bill Auberlen will co-drive the #07 First Union/Valvoline BMW M3, while Matthew Cohen and Bill Adams will pilot the #77 entry. Said's recent exploits include: scoring Ford Mustang's first victory in IMSA Endurance Championship competition, at Texas; winning the Texas GTS-1 pole position in a Ford Mustang; winning the SCCA World Challenge race at Lime Rock; and setting fast qualifying time for the SCCA Trans-Am race at Lime Rock.

IRV HOERR SEEKS THIRD STRAIGHT GLEN VICTORY Irv Hoerr's NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series debut is on hold. Buoyed by his strong showing at Lime Rock, the veteran Peoria, Ill., driver will return to Watkins Glen International for the June 7-9 First Union Six Hours of the Glen, Presented by Acxiom, and will seek his third straight Watkins Glen victory. The original plan for the Brix Racing Oldsmobile Aurora team was to field one car for Darrin Brassfield and Brian Cunningham in the Exxon GTS-1 class at Watkins Glen, with Hoerr competing in the NASCAR race at Topeka, Kansas. But Hoerr went on and won both the pole and the race at Lime Rock (by seven laps!), while Brassfield retired early with mechanical trouble. Hoerr's Lime Rock victory was his third in a row, and fourth of the season. He now ranks second in the GTS-1 point standings, trailing leader Rob Morgan by five points. A five-time IMSA champion, Hoerr has two straight Exxon GTS-1 victories at the Glen, driving his Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme to a pair of solo triumphs under the former three-hour format.

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series IMSA Others , NASCAR Truck
Drivers Andy Wallace , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Boris Said , Max Papis , Bill Auberlen , Rob Dyson , Mauro Baldi , Pete Halsmer , Bill Adams , Rob Morgan , Charles Morgan , Jason Priestley , Brian Cunningham , John Kohler , Gary Smith , Fermin Velez , John Paul , Javier Quiros