Watkins Glen test session preview

Watkins Glen, NY (July 24, 2001) - NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers make their much-anticipated return to Watkins Glen International for the only test session of 2001 on July 30 and 31. This scheduled test session, which is open to the public on...

Watkins Glen, NY (July 24, 2001) - NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers make their much-anticipated return to Watkins Glen International for the only test session of 2001 on July 30 and 31. This scheduled test session, which is open to the public on Monday, is in preparation for the August 12th Global Crossing @ The Glen event. Among those testing is the series' co-point leader and a few road course specialists, with a couple additional Winston Cup regulars mixed in.

Dale Jarrett has the point championship on his mind and to win it, he knows he has to do well at The Glen. His toughest competition, Jeff Gordon and Ricky Rudd, have both won at the historic road course. Jarrett's best finish came in 1999 when he crossed the line fourth. He'll take to the course both days with hopes of improving his chances to take home the coveted Jim Reisbeck Cup presented by Steuben. Robby Gordon and Boris Said return to The Glen for consecutive times this year after posting strong finishes in the GNC Live Well 200 NASCAR Busch Series event on July 8. Said drove to a fourth place finish, followed closely by Gordon in fifth.

Gordon will be testing Mike Skinner's No. 31 Lowe's Chevrolet, with Said behind the wheel of Robert Pressley's No. 77 Jasper Engines Ford. Joining the group is the No. 01 Cingular Wireless Dodge piloted by Jason Leffler. It was announced Monday night on ESPN's RPM 2Night that Scott Pruett would be behind the wheel of a Chip Ganassi Racing Dodge at Watkins Glen, but did not specify which car. Pruett won the pole for the GNC Live Well 200 in record-breaking fashion and came across the line in eighth.

Leffler will be joined by fellow Dodge driver John Andretti in his No. 43 Cheerios Dodge. Andretti's best finish at The Glen was in 1995 when he finished seventh. Rounding out the field is Joe Nemechek and his No. 33 Oakwood Homes Chevrolet, who will again play the role of both driver and car owner when the series comes to town. Nemechek is the owner of the No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet driven by Ron Fellows, also testing next week. Fellows has already visited The Glen's Victory Circle this year when he won the GNC Live Well 200.

Finally, Anthony Lazarro, another road course specialist, will take to the course in his TWC Motorsports entry. Lazarro competed in last year's NASCAR Busch Series event and finished 16th after starting 31st. Fans that have purchased tickets for the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend, August 9-12, will be admitted free of charge on Monday. Fans should present their Global Crossing @ The Glen tickets at the gate to gain free admission or pick up a voucher at the ticket office if they have not received their event tickets. All other spectators can take in the action for only $10.00 at the gate. Gate 4 will be open from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on Monday only.

The champagne will be flying during the 2001 Global Crossing @ The Glen Winston Cup weekend August 9-12, featuring dramatic racing by the premier drivers in stock car racing, including three-time winner at The Glen Jeff Gordon and the reigning Global Crossing @ The Glen winner, Steve Park. Complementing the Winston Cup race is exciting sports car racing on Friday night with the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250 and Saturday, the rising stars in the NASCAR Busch North Series take the green flag in the "Little Trees" 150 presented by Pepsi.

Tickets for the 2001 season at The Glen, including the Global Crossing @ The Glen weekend August 9-12, are now 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.

-WG-

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers John Andretti , Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Mike Skinner , Boris Said , Joe Nemechek , Robert Pressley , Ron Fellows , Chip Ganassi , Steve Park.
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing