Watkins Glen, NY (August 9, 2001) - As has become the recent trend at road racing events in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, several teams will have "road course ringers" behind the wheel this weekend set to challenge the Series' regulars when the...
Watkins Glen, NY (August 9, 2001) - As has become the recent trend at road racing events in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, several teams will have "road course ringers" behind the wheel this weekend set to challenge the Series' regulars when the series rolls into Watkins Glen International for the 15th Global Crossing @ The Glen.
Among the teams that have enlisted road racers to take them to Victory Circle are Chip Ganassi Racing with Scott Pruett behind the wheel of the No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge; Jasper Motorsports, which has former pole winner Boris Said in its No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford; Dunlavey Racing, which put Brian Simo in the driver's seat of its No. 90 Hills Brothers Ford; and Richard Childress Racing will have Robby Gordon once again subbing for Mike Skinner in the No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet. NEMCO Motorsports will also make its second entry of the season with five-time Glen winner Ron Fellows piloting its No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet.
Several of these drivers have already competed at The Glen in July's NASCAR Busch Series GNC Live Well 200 and finished well. Fellows came home with another victory, while Said finished fourth. Pruett set the track record en route to the pole and an eighth-place finish. He will attempt to make his first start at The Glen in a NASCAR Winston Cup ride. Gordon, in a different RCR car, started fourth and finished fifth. Simo competed at Sears Point Raceway earlier this year, but experienced transmission problems and finished 42nd.
The field of specialists will have some stiff competition, in the form of Jeff Gordon and Mark Martin, three-time winners at The Glen, and two-time winners Rusty Wallace and Ricky Rudd. Then there's last year's winner, New York native Steve Park, who would love to make it two in a row at the historic road course. The weekend kicks off on Thursday with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in preparation for the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. The NASCAR Busch North Series takes to the track on Friday, with the "Little Trees" 150 presented by Pepsi set for Saturday. The NASCAR Winston Cup teams make their first laps Friday morning. Qualifying is set for 3:05 p.m. Friday and the green flag drops on the 15th Global Crossing @ The Glen Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Tickets for the 2001 season, including the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend August 9-12, are still available. For tickets, reserved camping, and additional information, please contact the Watkins Glen ticket office at 607-535-2481 or log on to the official Watkins Glen Web site at www.theglen.com.