Watkins Glen, NY (June 18, 2001) - Watkins Glen International hosted its second test session for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division drivers today in preparation for the Watkins Glen 200 July 8. The day was filled with rookies and a...
Watkins Glen, NY (June 18, 2001) - Watkins Glen International hosted its second test session for the NASCAR Busch Series, Grand National Division drivers today in preparation for the Watkins Glen 200 July 8. The day was filled with rookies and a few veterans making their way around the 2.45-mile road course. Teams will wrap up the test session tomorrow.
Fans and media anxiously anticipated the arrival of 2001 24 Hours of LeMans class winners, Ron Fellows and Scott Pruett. Both were unable to make it to The Glen today, but are scheduled to run the historic road course tomorrow. This year's Rolex 24 winner, Ron Fellows, will be back for his second test this year as he prepares his No. 87 Bully Hill Vineyards Chevrolet for appearances in both the NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Winston Cup Series races.
Open wheel veteran Scott Pruett will get behind the wheel of the No. 71 State Fair Brand Corn Dogs Ford on Monday for Kevin Lepage. Pruett, a 10-year CART veteran and three-time winner of the Rolex 24, will attempt to qualify for his first NASCAR event at The Glen on July 7. He came close last year during the Global Crossing @ The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup event in the No. 32 Tide Ford, but didn't make the race after qualifying was rained out.
Road course regular Boris Said was at The Glen today, helping out Brewco Motorsports' Kevin Grubb and Jamie McMurray. Grubb didn't climb into his No. 37 Timber Wolf Chevrolet today, but Said did travel around the course in it with the best time of the day of 1:14.30. McMurray, one of the four rookies at The Glen today, used the day to learn the course and timed in with his No. 27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet at 1:19.52. Larry Foyt in the No. 14 Harrah's Casinos Chevrolet also posted slow times for the day, with 1:19 being his best lap.
Lyndon Amick in the No. 35 Team Amick Motorsports Chevrolet and David Donohue's No. 25 U.S. Marine Corps Chevrolet both had strong times for the day, with Amick clocked at 1:15.30 and Donohue at 1:15.50. Scott Wimmer made his first appearance at a road course and was the fastest rookie of the day in the No. 23 Jani-King Pontiac, with a time of 1:16.20.
The Glen presents an unsurpassed NASCAR weekend July 6-8. The Festival of Speed & Sound promises to be a weekend packed with racing action as the ARCA RE/MAX Series takes to the historic road course in its inaugural race at The Glen on Saturday, followed by a concert by Blessid Union of Souls and a Winston Cup Pepsi 400 viewing party on the jumbotrons live from Daytona International Speedway. The NASCAR Busch Grand National Series takes center stage on Sunday as the highlight of the weekend's activities, complemented by a historic stock car race in the morning.
Tickets for the 2001 season, including the Festival of Speed & Sound weekend July 6-8, at The Glen 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.