SBRS: Watkins Glen Practice

ITALIAN STALLIONS WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 26,) - The morning Barber Dodge practice session at Watkins Glen (short course) was solid rain, and quickest was Californian Jon Fogarty at 1:31.899. Nicolas Rondet was the only other driver in the...

ITALIAN STALLIONS

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 26,) - The morning Barber Dodge practice session at Watkins Glen (short course) was solid rain, and quickest was Californian Jon Fogarty at 1:31.899. Nicolas Rondet was the only other driver in the :31s, followed by Todd Snyder, Jeff Simmons and Samer Hindi.

The second session was dry, on a very green race track, where Rino Mastronardi, the defending race winner, turned a 1:16.470 (115.339 mph) to lead the way. Giovanni Anapoli, recovering the form he showed at the season-opener in Sebring, was second at 1:16.493. Alex Gurney, the very green (all puns intended) youngest son of Dan, was third fastest at 1:16.499. His private Team Green coach, Bob Earl, admitted that this was the first track that Alex is comfortable at, and it's showing. Detroit winner Jeff Simmons was fourth, and Rocky Moran, Jr., fifth.

All told, the first 20 drivers were within one second on the Glen's fast 2.45-mile short course.

Practice session times for the Barber Dodge Pro Series, supporting the Lysol 200 NASCAR Busch Grand National event. Track: 2.45 miles, 7 turns, plus chicane. All cars identical Reynard Dodge V6, open-wheel, single-seat race cars. Conditions: Warm, humid, sunny, green track, new tires.

1 Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 1:16.470, 115.339 mph 2 Giovanni Anapoli, Italy, 1:16.493, 115.305 3 Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., 1:16.499, 115.296 4 Jeff Simmons, E. Granby, Conn., 1:16.515, 115.272 5 Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 1:16.568, 115.192 6 Nicolas Rondet, France, 1:16.739, 114.935 7 Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 1:16.813, 114.824 8 John McCaig, Vancouver, Canada, 1:16.838, 114.787 9 Todd Snyder, Sheffield, Mass., 1:16.866, 114.745 10 Shane Donley, Las Vegas, 1:16.931, 114.648 11 Thomas Schie, Norway, 1:16.972, 114.587 12 Nilton Rossoni, Brazil, 1:16.972, 114.587 13 Eric Tresslar, Denver, 1:17.072, 114.438 14 Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 1:17.170, 114.293 15 Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 1:17.216, 114.225 16 Victor Gonzalez, Jr., Puerto Rico, 1:17.225, 114.212 17 Tom Woods, Rancho Cordova, Calif., 1:17.272, 114.142 18 Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 1:17.335, 114.049 19 Sepp Koster, The Netherlands, 1:17.430, 113.909 20 Brian Pelke, Lansing, Ill., 1:17.488, 113.824 21 Jamie Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 1:17.555, 113.726 22 Peter Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 1:17.604, 113.654 23 Memo Rojas, Jr., Mexico, 1:18.065, 112.983 24 Townsend Bell, Santa Barbara, Calif., 1:18.079, 112.963 25 Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 1:18.152, 112.857 26 Giovanni Gulinelli, Italy, 1:18.353, 112.567 27 Gregg Borland, Elkhart Lake, Wis., 1:18.890, 111.801 28 Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 1:18.904, 111.781 29 Scott Mayer, Franklin, Wis., 1:20.647, 109.366

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Alex Gurney , Peter Boss , Jon Fogarty , Townsend Bell , Memo Rojas , Nilton Rossoni , Sepp Koster , Will Langhorne , Scott Mayer , Tom Wood , Jeff Simmons , Todd Snyder , Rocky Moran , Bob Earl , Jarrett Boon , Rino Mastronardi