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Watkins Glen: Eric Curran race report

Curran builds momentum with a solid 4th place finish, looks forward to a strong 2nd half of the season. Eric Curran's SPEED World Challenge GT season to date could be described in one word: frustrating. After big hopes of a championship in ...

Curran builds momentum with a solid 4th place finish, looks forward to a strong 2nd half of the season.

Eric Curran's SPEED World Challenge GT season to date could be described in one word: frustrating. After big hopes of a championship in 2008 based on his epic 2007 run to winning 40% of the races held, '08 began with a streak of bad luck that Curran could only wait to run out.

With his 4th place finish at the Watkins Glen SPEED GT round, Curran's ready to put the first half of the season behind him. "Going into the Watkins glen weekend the Whelen team and I felt great. We had tested there not long ago and thought it went well. I started the weekend in the top three in the test day."

But the pace shown in practice didn't instantly transfer going into qualifying. "By the time qualifying came around, some of the cars that didn't show speed in practice found two seconds for qualifying. I started the race in an unfamiliar 8th place position, and got a good start and moved up to 5th after only a few laps. Mike McCann in his Cadillac and I had a great battle for 4th spot, and it took me twelve laps to earn the 4th place position. That was a great battle, Mike is a good guy to race with."

Despite the pace of his car, it was obvious the Watkins Glen track was better suited for the smaller, lighter Porsches and eventual winner. "The #30 Whelen Engineering Corvette worked great all race but it was hard for anyone to match the speed of the Porsches. It's starting to look like we are staring at a possible Porsche championship again in 2008."

Curran's teammate and car owner Sonny Whelen was impressive yet again, as were his crew, led by Teddy Marsh. "Sonny did a great job and I have to thank the crew for all of their hard work. I couldn't feel better about finally having a decent result like the 4th place this weekend. I really needed that!"

Eric's relief to score a strong finish was tempered by his desire to return to the place we've come to expect him: in victory circle. "I'm still aiming for my first win of the season and hope that the Corvette will be capable being on top again. I'm looking forward to Mid Ohio where I was on the pole and won last year.

-credit: www.EricCurran.com.

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Drivers Eric Curran , Sonny Whelen