Watkins Glen Race Pit Notes

Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Governor's Cup Race Pit Notes 1st place: Jim Mullen ...

Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix Governor's Cup Race Pit Notes

1st place: Jim Mullen #112 1992 Spice Chevrolet GTP - My strategy was to get up front and stay there. When the guys behind me came up on me, I just pulled out a little more. This car does everything well, but I was really surprised at the braking. This was my first race in it.

2nd Place: Michael Lauer # 83 1983 Nissan GTP - It is a very routine. I sort of settled in behind Jim. It was meant to be a learning experience; my first time in the car and third time at the Glen. But I am very happy with my times. We'll take the restrictions off the car, and it will have about 300 more horsepower.

3rd Place: George Stauffer, #44 1984 Jaguar XJR5 - Well, it was fun. The car behaved. The Glen is a beautiful course, and I plan to be back here as often as I can in the future.

Saturday Pit Notes

Warwick Banks, #86 1974 MGBGT V8, Winner of the Collier Cup - Well, it was okay. Misfiring a bit, actually. So, it wasn't quite as easy as I hoped, actually. I had to watch the car a bit and watch the fuel until I came in. I enjoyed it immensely, great fun. It was hard work, very hot, but everything is great.

Steve Southard, #5 1983 Porsche 935 - The race was a lot of fun, but that last lap wasn't. A car went off on it's own oil in Turn one. Steve Pfeffer was right in front of me and we came close together. I don't know if I hit him or not. I ran the last two laps of the race without any brakes. It isn't the way I like to win, because Steve and I are pretty good friends. I sure didn't mean to do anything to him.

Steve Pfeffer, # 38 1973 Porsche 911 - I got hit in the rear in the top of the Esses by the #5 car. I was in the lead at that time. My car was great. I was taking it a little easy, having just gone through some oil.

Michael Leuer, #00 1981 Porsche 935K4 - We blew the turbo and oil got on the wheel. I lost traction going into Turn one.

Scott Murphy, Michael Waltrip #30 Pennzoil Pontiac - I had the pole and I got lucky on the start. John Cloud, fourth I think he started, gave me a little breathing room (by spinning). I just tried to run a consistent race, stay out of trouble and be smooth. I knew I had a good race car.

Sunday Pit Notes

A Race

Sean Ryan, #6 1965 TR Spitfire - Yeah, it was a slow race. I was starting to think it was never going to end. But you take a win any way you can get it. My dad drove it, and he gave me the opportunity to start driving.

B Race

Joe Blacker, #75 1969 Brabham BT29 FB - Travis ran a great race. I know something happened; I thought he ran out of gas. I was just trying to keep my tires away from him. Enduro

Norm Goldrich (#41 1980 Lola T530 Can-Am) - You know, it was great following both John and Don, watching their lines, dicing back and forth. They both did a fantastic job, and its just a pleasure to be up here.

Mike Lauer (#83 ) - The car was fabulous. We just bought it recently, this was my first time out actually. Very comfortable, very safe. Little bit low on power, but I think we'll make up for it.

John Morton (#83) - This is a car that, if I had to pick my favorite car I've ever raced, it would be this car. I have kind of a soft spot in my heart for it.

Donald Stiles (#43 1991 Porsche 962) - It was a lot of fun. A lot of good cars out there, a lot of good drivers. I think it was a lot of luck. We came in, made sure we were under the pit speed, started a timer, and I think we were out within three to five seconds of the time.

G Race

Ted Wetz, #61 1986 March 79B FA - We had a game plan. I wanted to do a real good lap on the second or third lap. We know we have a little more car here than most people. I wanted to get myself a lead, and spend the rest of the race in a rhythm. Learn the car a little bit better, and try one corner at a time. And it was effective. J Race

Alex Quattlebaum III (#6 1959 Elva Courier) -It was slow, which was sort of unfortunate. We were having a pretty good go of it. Someone lost their engine in turn one and put down a lot of oil. We ran the last four laps under yellow. We were trading back and forth, and like I said, it was unfortunate, and it was because I didn't think John would be that fast and he was really pushing me. I was really looking forward to the last half of the race, but unfortunately it ended under yellow.

John Targett (#612 1963 MGP) - It was a great run except that it was cut so short. We built this engine at the track on Friday. Its been going very well.

Corby Lenz (#53 1965 Turner 1500) - It was very exhilarating, I must say. When the car in front of me lost his oil, I was like, oh, here we go. The thing that I've learned in driving is when someone's laying down oil and starting to spin aim right for where they are because odds are they're not going to end up right there. And it worked to my advantage.

D Race:

Gene Felton, #58 1970 Camaro - Too quick, too fast. We had a good race. Unfortunately we had a couple of the guys up front get involved, but that's racing. It was a good day today.

Peter Klutt, #46 1969 Corvette - It was a good race, just sort of mixed up at the end. It was good. I didn't think we were gonna catch the guy in front of us though.

K Race:

Paul Fix, #25 1985 IMSA/Trans Am Mustang - It was a great run for us. After a lot of aggravation over the past couple of days, losing a wheel and so fourth, it's good to finish a race and be number one.

H Race:

James Mullen, #112 1992 Spice Chevrolet GTP - I love Watkins Glen. I always enjoy running here, Zippo is always a great event. I'd actually like to thank Watkins Glen fire rescue for putting out my motor home fire the other night, they really did a great job. Thanks guys. I was really hoping that Bob Akin would start up front with me and we would have a good race, but he was doing some experimenting and decided to start in the back.

F Race:

Bob Wetchler, #99 1957 Chevrolet Corvette - I was pretty much resigned to the fact that I was in fourth place, but when he had his mishap, that just changed things around. I got a better restart and got ahead of Larry. I just kept waiting for that checkered flag.

E Race:

Bob Akin, #05 1969 Lola T-70 MkIII - We had trouble with the car yesterday with the brakes going away in the morning, but today the car was just terrific. You don't win that many of them at Watkins Glen and its great to win this one.

C Race:

John Harden; #04 1958 Chevrolet Lister Corvette - Well, it was a good run. It would have been nice if there were some more big cars out there; the smaller cars were very quick, but this car has a bit of an advantage because of horsepower. But it was a good go.

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Series Vintage
Drivers Michael Waltrip , Scott Murphy , Gene Felton , John Cloud , Paul Fix , Peter Klutt , Steve Pfeffer , John Morton , Joe Blacker , Sean Ryan , John Targett , James Mullen , Steve Southard , John Harden , Bob Akin