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Watkins Glen press notes #36-68

Press Notes 36-68 Sunday 1 June, 1997 36. Good morning and welcome to the final day of racing at the First Union Six Hours of The Glen. On track activities begin with warm up sessions for today's races: a 40-minute Black Magic Pro Series...

Press Notes 36-68 Sunday

1 June, 1997

36. Good morning and welcome to the final day of racing at the First Union Six Hours of The Glen. On track activities begin with warm up sessions for today's races: a 40-minute Black Magic Pro Series race at 9:30 am, and the six-hour race for the Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Exxon Supreme GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive.

37. Today's weather forecast indicates the rain that is in the area will move North and for partly sunny skies to prevail. At 8:30 am, the rain has lightened, though the skies remain dark and the cloud's low.

38. Today's races features live audio broadcasts on the internet at www.professionalsportscar.com. Coverage of the Black Magic Pro Series race begins at 9:30 am, while the coverage of the First Union Six Hours of The Glen begins at 11:00 am. All times are Eastern Daylight Time.

40. Television coverage of today's First Union Six Hours of The Glen includes: Speedvision Network . . . . . . . . . .June 13, 11:00 pm, EDT Speedvision Network . . . . . . . . . .June 14, 3:00 am, EDT FOX Sports/Prime Network June 25, Motorsports Hour by Chevrolet (check local listings)

41. Among today's pre-race activities is the Team MSI Make-A-Wish Pole Award that will be presented on the grid prior to the start of the First Union Six Hours of The Glen. The recipient of the Make-A-Wish Pole Award is Andrea Montermini, who qualified the #30 MOMO/Yokohama Ferrari 333 SP on the pole with a new track record -- 1:38.573=124.172 mph. Montermini receives a $1,000 check, while the local Make-A-Wish organization receives a $4,000 check. The Team MSI Make-A-Wish Pole Award is presented at all Exxon World SportsCar Championship events.

42. On track activities have been delayed as the fog continues.

43. Sunday's schedule revised as follows: First Union of The Glen warmup has been cancelled. The Black Magic Pro Series cars are called to the grid for an 11 am start. The race will be 40 minutes as scheduled. Once the race is completed, the WSC and GTS-1, GTS-2 and GTS-3 cars will be gridded in anticipation of a 12 noon race start, single file under the yellow flag. Once SportsCar officials are satisfied conditions are safe for racing, the green flag will be dropped. the intention is for the race to be a full six hours in duration, contingent on weather not worsening again.

44. Exxon World SportsCar Championship and Exxon Supreme GTS-1, GTS-2 and GTS-3 cars take to the track at noon behind pace car to start the First Union Six Hours of The Glen...at least first two laps of race will be run under yellow flag...race still scheduled for six hours...track starting to dry out already which will likely mean early pit stops for change to slick tires...safety car reporting a screwdriver in middle of the track, on top of the tunnel...GREEN FLAG dropped to start lap #3...#18 lost right front wheel, slows going down pit straight, makes full circuit on 3 wheels, pits...every car gets through first turn on green...#30WSC opens 3.786-second lead on #16WSC car......#20 off at Turn 8, with Rob Dyson in car, spins in grass, back on circuit, no headlights...#4 Oldsmobile R&S MK III stops on back straight, electrical problems on lap #5...track almost dry on front straight after 20 minutes...top Exxon Supreme GT car is #66GTS-1 Ford Panoz of Bundy/Wallace...#10GTS-3 BMW M3 of Auberlen/Said 14th overall, first in class...#30WSC MOMO Ferrari 333SP turns lap of 2:03.901=98.789 mph, three seconds faster than any other car on track...#1WSC Oldsmobile R&S MK III in pits for fuel, changes to intermediate tires at about 35 minutes.

45. AFTER 30 minutes, traffic starting to spread out...#66GTS-1 Ford Panoz in pits, misses line, changes to dry tires, bodywork off front, takes on fuel, very long pit stop, problem with refueling rig, stiffened front suspension, back out, drops almost 2 laps to field...WSC cars, especially, looking for wet spots on track to cool rain tires...weather improves...#4WSC car restarted, coming into pits, changing to intermediate tires, changes left side spark plug wires, 7-minute stop...#19WSC coasts into pits...#91GTS-1 Chevrolet Camaro in pits on lap #15, changes to dry tires...#57GTS-3 pits...#86GTS-3 pits, routine, Price Cobb stays in, back out, returns to pits next time around with flat tire...#30WSC Ferrari 333SP does lap of 1:59.303 on lap #18, first lap under two minutes...#17WSC Oldsmobile Courage smoking, team notified...only top two cars overall still on same lap after 20 laps...#03WSC pits for race slicks only, back out...#8WSC, Camferdam in, Mandeville out, changes to slicks, adds fuel...#77GTS-3 pits, routine, changes to slicks, Halsmer stays in...#20WSC into pits, overheating, removed front bodywork, cleared debris, back out but back next lap, still overheating, will serve stop-and-go penalty to pit speed infraction and repressurizes system...#3WSC pits, fuel, changes to slicks, Velez stays in...#30WSC 42-second stop for slicks, fuel...#27GTS-1 Ford Mustang hits wall at inner loop before Turn 5, Maxwell out, OK...#01 pits, changes to slicks, takes on fuel, Pilgrim in, Haywood out...pits closed...weather brightening substantially in the west.

46. #03WSC pits, makes rear wing change, back out...#01WSC pits for slicks only...#33WSC pits, changes to slicks, Trinkler in...#63 pits, changes to slicks, fuel, McAdam in, Downing out...#61 pits, fuel and slicks, Conrad stays in...#39 pits, fuel, slicks, Murry stays in...#99GTS-2 pits, changes to slicks...#76GTS-3, pits changes to slicks...#6GTS-3 pits, changes to slicks, Hill stays in...#88WSC pits, changes to slicks, fuel, Bentley stays in...#03WSC...lap #30#03WSC turns in lap of 1:59.898, first lap under two minutes, 6-second lead on field...#01 spins off, pits to clear grass, mud & goes back out, Taylor still in...#17 pits, changes spark plugs, goes behind wall...#20 pits, covered in mud, 2:30 pit stop, changes to slicks, fuel, Dyson out, Schneider in...#03WSC off in boot, Turn 9, brings out full-course yellow at 1:25 mark, restarts, won't pit...#20WSC back in pits, replaces rear tire...rain starts again lightly at 1:30 mark...pace car having trouble locating leader #30 on track.

47. AT THE 1 1/2-hour mark, many pit stops under last lap of yellow...#43WSC pits, changes front nose for less downforce, Salazar out, Morgan in...#8WSC, Camferdam out, Mandeville in, routine...#66GTS-1, pits, routine, Wallace out, Brabham in...#91GTS-1 pits, routine, Hayner out, Schramm in...#77GTS-3 pits, fuel only...full-course yellow to remove #3 car from gravel pit at 1:37 mark, lap 42, back on track, underway. Crew reports Velez got off the dry line while trying to pass another car and slid off the track...light mist rain continues...#03WSC into pits under yellow, fuel only...#45GTS-1 pits, Davies stays in, fuel only...#63 towed back into pits...#3WSC pits, changes to slicks, fuel, Velez out, Dibos in...#16WSC pits, Forbes-Robinson out, Leitzinger in, routine stop...#01 pits, fuel only.

48. #30WSC pits under yellow, fuel only...rain starting to fall harder on start/finish...#45GTS-1 hits wall hard at Turn 1, Davies driving...#88WSC car leading at 1:56:25.032 under yellow on lap #47...top three cars are #88WSC (Bentley), #16WSC (Leitzinger), #30WSC (Montermini)...race leader still has 20-second lead despite yellow flag situation...#20WSC pits...#56GTS-2 pits, fuel only, Pobst gets in...#61 pits, routine, Franz out, Ligonnet in...#88WSC (race leader) pits, Bentley out, Jones in, routine...#99 pits, routine, O'Steen stays in...#91 pits, fuel only, Schramm stays in...#12 pits, fuel only, Goldsborough in, Fairbanks out.

49. AT TWO-HOUR MARK, #30WSC spins off, back on, pits, changes to rain tires...#01 pits, changes to intermediate tires, fuel, Pilgrim stays in...#43WSC pits, changes tires...#99 pits, changes to intermediate tires...#8WSC pits, changes to rain tires, fuel, Mandeville stays in...leaders are: #16WSC, #88WSC, #30WSC, #63WSC, #03WSC on lap #52; #91GTS-1 first in class; #10GTS-3 class leader; #61GTS-2 class leader...#32GTS-1 goes off track, heavy damage during caution as rain poses problems for cars still on slicks.

50. GREEN FLAG restarts race on lap #53...#88WSC makes contact at turn to pit straight with car #10GTS-3 and heads for pits, catches fire, fire put out at pit, Jones out of car, going to try to repair car ... Full Course Yellow...#10 car against tire wall in outside of Turn 11, car is finished for the day with heavy right front end damage...Bill Auberlen will move into another BMW...#6 pits, fuel, tires, Auberlen gets in, Hill out...#8WSC pits, Camferdam out, Mandeville in...#88WSC going to try to repair car...#33 pits, Trinkler out, Lewis in, routine...#03WSC towed back to the pits after incident at Turn 9, getting new nose,Waddell in, McCarthy out...#63 pits, McAdam out, Katz in...#39GTS-3 pits, changes tires (slicks), Collins in, Matthews out.

51. AT 21/2-HOUR MARK...still under yellow flag, top two cars pit...#16WSC pits, changes to full rain tires, takes on fuel, Leitzinger still in car...#30 pits, Fermin in, Montermini out, fuel only, had changed to rain tires back on lap #49...rain increases...#19WSC brought back to pits on hook, finished...#77GTS-3 pits, Halsmer out, Morton in, change to rain tires...#20WSC pits, changes to full rain tires, Schneider stays in on leader's lap #59...#66GTS-1 pits, changes to full rain tires, Brabham stays in...#63WSC pits, changes to full rain tires, McAdam stays in...#91 pits, change to full rain tires, fuel, Schramm out, Hayner in...#99GTS-2 pits, changes to full rain tires, Schumacher in, O'Steen out, second in class at time...

52. 3:01 pm, GREEN FLAG restarts the race at the 2:56 mark...#43WSC Morgan leads the field through turn one...#01GTS-1 pits for stop and go penalty ... 3:02 pm, At the 3-HOUR MARK -- Halfway through the race -- the leaders in each class are: WSC -- #16, #43, #30 ... GTS-1 -- #91, #66, #01 ... GTS-2 -- #61, #91, #56 ... GTS-3 -- #7, #39, #77

53. 3:20 pm, #88WSC returns to the race after the crew repairs the car; Ross Bentley at the wheel ... Four cars are on the lead lap: #16, #30, #43, #63 ... 3:28 pm, #56GTS-2 pits, fuel and right front tire, Snow out, Collin in ... 3:29 pm, The rain is lessening...#91, the leader in GTS-1 pits, for fuel and a change to slick (dry) tires; Hayner stays in ... 3:35 pm, #8 pits, routine, Camferdam stays in ... #43 pits, fuel only, Morgan out, Salazar gets in; pit stop took 45 seconds as crew struggles to strap Salazar in.

54. 3:36 pm, FULL COURSE CAUTION to remove #80 that has stopped near the bridge with a broken drive shaft ... #16WSC pits, Leitzinger out, Weaver in, slicks on #39GTS-3 pits, Collin stays in, slicks on ... #30WSC pits, Hermann out, Montermini in, intermediates go on ... #63WSC pits, McAdam gets out, Katz gets in, crew keeps rain tires on ... #41(GTS-3) pits, routine, slicks go on ... #99GTS-2 pits, Schumacher stays in, change to intermediate tires ... #28WSC, fifth overall, pits, Kuttner gets out, Field gets in, change to intermediate tires ... #66GTS-1 pits, Brabham out, Bundy in, change from rains to slicks... #3 & #43 pit for a change to slicks only ... #77GTS-3 pits, fuel and change to slicks, Halsmer out, Morton in...#12 pits, Goldsborough exits, Tremblay gets in, still on rain tires, trouble keeping engine running exiting the pits.

55. 3:55 pm, GREEN FLAG ... #20 pits, Dyson takes over for Schneider, crew adds water ... #63 pits for slcik tires ... #28 pits to remove grass from front radiators ... 3:57 pm, FULL COURSE CAUTION as #3WSC has gone off course. Dibos continues to the pits with the nose missing, crew replaces the nose and the car returns to the track ... #53 pits, routine, Will Pace gets out, Melanie Snow, the only woman in the race, takes over ... #8WSC pits, routine, Camferdam exits, Mandeville gets in.

56. 4:06 pm, GREEN FLAG restarts the race with just under two hours remaining in the race...The leaders in each class are: WSC -- #16, #01, #66 ... GTS-1 -- #91, #01, #66 ... GTS-2 -- #61, #99, #56 ... GTS-3 -- #39, #7, #77 ... #20WSC pits for a change to slicks from intermediates

57. FULL COURSE CAUTION for the #76GTS-3 that crosses the start/finish line with heavy smoke from the engine compartment. Starter is also displaying the "oil" flag ... #7GTS-3 pits, Said gets in, slicks go on ...

58. GREEN FLAG restarts the race at 4:21 pm, #30 Montermini takes the lead from Weaver in turn one...#63 pits for a stop and go penalty for exceeding the pit lane speed limit during the yellow... #3WSC/Dibos pits again with slight nose damage and an electrical problem. Dibos reports he ran into the back of another car. Velez takes over but the crew continues to work on the electrics.

59. 4:24 pm, FULL COURSE CAUTION for the #66GTS-1 (Doc Bundy/Panoz GTR1) that is off in the turn one area. Bundy has trouble getting back on track due to the wet grass. #66 continues ... 4:27 pm, #91GTS-1 pits, fuel only, Hayner stays in.

60. 4:30 pm, GREEN FLAG restarts the race with #30 Montermini leading #16 Weaver ... 4:33 pm, #6GTS-3 comes to the pits for a stop and go penalty.

61. AT THE FIVE-HOUR MARK, leaders are: #16WSC, #1 WSC, #43. GTS-1 #91, #66, #01. GTS-2 #61, #99, #53. GTS-3 #7, #39,#77...#30WSC pulled from the tire wall, tried unsuccessfully to restart the car. Montermini says car is in gear but wheels wouldn't turn, thinks may have broken drive shaft or axlehalf-shaft broke. Car not being towed to garage, will not return...#1WSC limps into pits, bloiwn engine, "ate a piston"...#16WSC race leader has completed 119 laps with 45 minutes remaining...#91GTS-1 moives into thirde place overall...full course yellow because car #63WSC comes to a stop at Turn 7 (exit to toe)...#66GTS-1 pits, puts on 2 new slicks, held for 20-second stop-and-go penalty for two pit infractions...#56 GTS-2 heavy front end damage, continues...#43WSC puts on new tires, switches to slicks, fuel, Salazar stays in...#3WSC pits, replaces slicks with new slicks, fuel, no driver change...#91GTS-1 pits for new slicks, fuel, Schramm in, Hayner out...#16WSC rqace leader, follows pace car back into pits, takes on full load of fuel, leaves hot tires on, Weaver stays in car, extremely short stop.

62. WITH A HALF-HOUR TO go, race leaders are: #16WSC, #43WSC, #28WSC...#7GTS-3 and #39GTS-3 make contact, both into pits, #7 back onto track with no nose...#61GTS-2 pits with shredded left rear tire, crew changes it, back out...#91GTS-1 car fourth overall with 25 minutes left...#77GTS-3 takes over class lead with #99GTS-2 leading class, 10th overall...#33WSC pulls off, driver's left at position #15, full course yellow while they move the car...#20WSC pulls into pits realizes they were closed, continues through and back out...GREEN FLAG drops to restart the race on lap #132 with 14 minutes remaining...#1WSC pits, adds 2 quarts of oil...two cars in each class on same lap with 14 minutes left...#59GTS-3 going behind the wall...rain starts to fall with nine minutes remaining...#66GTS-1 takes class lead, fourth overall, passing #91 Chevrolet Camaro on lap #132, first time he has led class in race since the first two caution laps...less than four seconds separating leaders in GTS-3 with Halsmer driving #77 BMW M3, #39 Porsche 911 with David Murry driving.

63. CHECKERED FLAG waves to end First Union Six Hours of The Glen after 140 laps, in 6:00:28.697. The overall race winner and winner of the Exxon World SportsCar Championship class is the #16 Goodyear/Hella/Bosch/HP Autotech Ford R&S MK III driven by Elliott Forbes-Robinson, Butch Leitzinger and James Weaver. The win is the third of the season for Leitzinger and Weaver (Daytona & Road Atlanta). It's the second win of the season for Forbes-Robinson. It's the 18th career SportsCar win for Leitzinger, his seventh in Exxon World SportsCars. For Weaver, it is his 13th career SportsCar win, his ninth in Exxon World SportsCars. The win is the 12th career SportsCar victory for Elliott Forbes-Robinson, his second in Exxon World SportsCars.

64. Doc Bundy, Andy Wallace and David Brabham took the Exxon Supreme GTS-1 win in the #66 Ford Panoz GTR1. The win is the second of the season for Bundy and Wallace in GTS-1. It's the second win in a row for the Panoz, which has only started three races.

65. The winners in Exxon Supreme GTS-2 are Franz Konrad, Michel Ligonnet & Nick Ham in the #61 Porsche 911 Turbo. In GTS-3, the Mattco/Alco Capital Group BMW M3 of Matt Cohen, Pete Halsmer and John Morton took the win.

66. This concludes the weekend's SportsCar Press Notes. For more information on this weekend's SportsCar races, visit the SportsCar web site at www.professionalsportscar.com. Good night!

67. Rob Morgan -- "The crew and Eliseo (Salazar) did a great job today -- I just can't say enough about how great a job the crew did all week. I'm also proud of myself; this is the first time I drove this car in the rain and somehow I avoided all the carnage. I was also very happy to lead a lap. It was hard to keep out of trouble and bring it home, but we did it and it's very satisfying."

68. Jon Field -- "What a finish! To take third with a small team like ours is just fantastic. For a change everything worked in our favor and the problems happened to somebody else. This is a great reward for our whole team, which is pretty small. They've worked so hard, this one's really for them. But I tell you, right now I feel fantastic."

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Series PSR
Drivers Andy Wallace , David Brabham , Franz Konrad , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Bill Auberlen , Pete Halsmer , Jon Field , Andrea Montermini , Price Cobb , Rob Morgan , Ross Bentley , John Morton , Nick Ham , Doc Bundy , Melanie Snow