Gigliotti finishes 3rd while Peterson rallies to finish 12th in World Challenge GT race at Watkins Glen Watkins Glen New York (June 10, 2007): Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas Texas, drove a steady race in his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette C6...
Gigliotti finishes 3rd while Peterson rallies to finish 12th in World Challenge GT race at Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen New York (June 10, 2007): Lou Gigliotti, of Dallas Texas, drove a steady race in his LG Pro Long Tube Headers Chevy Corvette C6 and had to stave off a late charge from the pole sitting Cadillac of Andy Pilgrim to finish 3rd in Round 5 of the SCCA SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series at Watkins Glen.
Doug Peterson, of Bonita Springs Florida, overcame a first lap collision and two pit stops to finish strong in 12th position in his 3 Dimensional Services/UrbanAssault.com Chevy Corvette C6.
"It was a good run but I couldn't hang on to the lead group when Curran dropped out of the running," Gigliotti said of his race. "I think he was holding up Pobst and Aschenbach because once he dropped out those guys left us."
Gigliotti, who at times felt like a spectator in his own race, had nothing for the race leading Porsche and Cadillac so he played an early waiting game to save his tires. The strategy would serve him well as he had enough to fend off a late race surge from Andy Pilgrim's Cadillac who had been shuffled to the back of the pack for jumping the start.
"My crew kept telling me 'Andy Pilgrim is coming' it was a surprise to see him coming up so fast," Gigliotti said. "We drove side by side in the boot and he could have turned me around but he didn't he's a good guy and it was good racing.
"It was a good thing because I had to ramp it up. I had no choice. I was hanging in there, third place is a good spot. I'm happy with a third!"
This was the 5th time that the World Challenge Series has competed at Watkins Glen in the Upstate New York area in which Lou Gigliotti grew up and Lou has competed in 4 of them.
"I love this place," Lou concluded of a track he considers his home track. "This the first time I have raced here in a World Challenge race that I haven't won. I didn't win but at least we are on the podium!"
Doug Peterson rebounds from the brink to score a strong finish at Watkins Glen
Doug Peterson of Bonita Springs Florida was hoping for a strong race at Watkins Glen as a form of redemption from a disasterous race at Charlotte. The first lap almost continued Doug's disaster as a collision in the bus stop turns send Peterson's Urban Assault the Movie Corvette limping to the pits with various broken parts and a flat tire.
"I knew that I had to get a really good start and try to get in front of those Porsches and I did," Doug said with his usual smile. "I got a great start and went from 8th to 6th and then going into the inner loop I was protecting the inside line and Sofronas just dive-bombed me big time.
"I don't know if he got into the grass because there wasn't hardly any room coming into the heavy braking zone and he just hit me and hit me big! The contact ruined the rim and flattened my rear tire."
There was an early yellow flag which helped Doug not lose a lap during his first pit stop and near the end of the caution period Peterson brought his yellow Corvette into the pits to have the LG Motorsports crew give his car another check.
"I came in during the caution to check out the car because I knew it wasn't right, the steering wasn't right and the toe was knocked way out," Doug said of his second stop. "I was already last so I figured to just come in and have it checked out. Of course the crew checked it out and said it was fine and sent me back out."
When the race restarted Peterson spent a lap or two adjusting to his bent race car and then started turning up the wick improving his lap times with each tour of the 3.4 mile Watkins Glen track.
He kept passing cars and moved up to 12th when time ran out on the race.
"With the toe the way it was and part of the front splitter bent up like that I was very happy with the times I was turning and the finish," Doug concluded of his race.
"I do wish that the race had gone another lap or two because I was catching Sofronas and I would have liked to get another shot at him," Doug said with a wicked grin!
Round 5 of SCCA Pro Racing's SPEED World Challenge GT Championship Series will be broadcast on SPEED TV on Saturday June 30th at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time.