Baas Finishes 12th In Saturday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 9 - Although he wasn't feeling well and he'd just driven in the grueling Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen that afternoon, Ian...
Baas Finishes 12th In Saturday's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Race at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 9 - Although he wasn't feeling well and he'd just driven in the grueling Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen that afternoon, Ian Baas finished 12th Saturday night in the first of two SPEED World Challenge Touring Car races this weekend at Watkins Glen International.
Baas, of Noblesville, Ind., started 14th in the STaSIS Motorsports Audi A4 No. 18, which sports decals for Team Janica Racing, Audiworld.com, Clear Capital and the not-for-profit group Baas helps, the Think First Foundation.
There was a tussle at the start of the 50-lap race and Baas dropped back to 18th, but he passed Robb Holland and Stan Wilson to move back up to 16th by lap four. One of his teammates, Adam Pecorari, was right ahead of him in 15th, but Pecorari dropped out on lap eight due to a problem with his car's motor mounts, which moved Baas into that position.
Baas got 14th on the next lap and set his sights on catching James Clay while holding off Brandon Davis. On lap 12 Payton Wilson and Kuno Wittmer went off course and Clay got by another one of Baas' teammates, Chip Herr. That moved Baas into 12th by lap 12, right behind Herr, for the restart on lap 15.
He moved into 11th on lap 16. He had to take evasive action when Jason Martinelli got hit in the rear a few cars ahead of him on lap 17, which put him back to 12th. He retook 11th on lap 18 but dropped back to 12th on the next lap when Davis repassed him, and that's where he was running when two more cars crashed on lap 19 and the race was checkered on lap 20.
"There was so much happening in that race I hardly know where to start," Baas said afterwards. "There were no quarters given anywhere. People were racing like they didn't have a race tomorrow.
"The car was good," he added. "It over-rates a little, but it was good. We'll work on some things for tomorrow.
"I guess my closest calls came when I was trying to pass going on the inside in Turn 5," he said. "People turned into me a couple times because they didn't see me coming.
"I think I picked up the flu yesterday," he added. "During the double yellows I really didn't feel well, but I forgot about it while I was racing."
Another SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race will be held here tomorrow. Baas will start 13th in that 50-minute event. He qualified in that position Saturday morning with a lap in 2:05.101, or 97.841 miles per hour.
Both of the Glen's SPEED World Challenge Touring Car races will be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. ET.
Baas competes in both the SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Series and the Rolex Series. Following this weekend, Baas' next Rolex Series race is at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 21-24. His next SPEED World Challenge Touring Car event is July 7-8 at Exhibition Place in Toronto, but there's another Rolex Series race before that on July 5 at Daytona Beach, Fla.