Watkins Glen: David Gilliland preview

Road-Tripping to the Road Course Gilliland Likes His Chances at The Glen Statesville, N.C. (August 3, 2010) - David Gilliland is spending plenty of time behind the wheel these days. Not just in a racecar, but in his motorhome. The driver of the...

Road-Tripping to the Road Course
Gilliland Likes His Chances at The Glen

Statesville, N.C. (August 3, 2010) - David Gilliland is spending plenty of time behind the wheel these days. Not just in a racecar, but in his motorhome. The driver of the No. 38 Taco Bell Ford is on a three-week road trip that began in Indianapolis, driving from race to race with his family. Next stop: Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International for Sunday's Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen.

Prior to heading to the track, Gilliland and his family (wife, son and daughter) will stop at Niagara Falls. It will be Gilliland's first trip to the Falls. They will visit on the United States side. Last week the family stopped in Cedar Point, Ohio, visiting the famed Cedar Point Amusement Park.

The Taco Bell team looks forward to the 11-turn, 2.45-mile Watkins Glen road course after a strong run at the Sprint Cup Series' last road-course event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma Valley, Calif. Gilliland pushed his way through traffic all day during the June race and ran as high as fourth; but a competitor knocked him off track and forced him to settle for a 19th-place finish.

Gilliland has two previous Sprint Cup starts at Watkins Glen, with a best finish of 33rd.

Comments from Taco Bell Driver David Gilliland on Watkins Glen International and his current road trip:

"I'm excited for Watkins Glen. The road-course car we took to Sonoma (Infineon Raceway) is the one we're taking to The Glen this week. I feel really good about going up there. We've got to qualify in on time, but I feel good about the car we're taking.

"I love road-course racing. I grew up going to Sonoma with my dad, so it's definitely something I'm used to and comfortable with. And we had a pretty good run there in June, so we know this team is capable of performing on a road course.

"So, now we're just going to take what we know and apply it to Watkins Glen, which is a little different from Sonoma. The turns aren't as tight, it's a little faster, not as much using your lower gears. But I'm really looking forward to it.

"I can't say enough about how hard this Front Row Motorsports team has been working to get us better each and every week. (Crew chief) Randy (Seals) and the guys work really hard back at the shop to bring a good car to the track, and then they've done a great job adjusting to the conditions to make the car better over the course of a race weekend. I'm really proud of this team."

"Right now, we're having a little road trip with the family. My wife and I, along with our kids, we just packed up the motorcoach and took off. We haven't been home in a few weeks, but we're having fun. It's something different, but it's pretty cool. I'm used to setting up the motorcoach now. At first, that was a big challenge, but I think we're used to it. I don't know if I could do this for 36 weekends, but seeing this part of the country has been fun."

-source: front row motorsports

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers David Gilliland
Teams Front Row Motorsports