IMSA • July 14, 2014
Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen
The 7th Round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship made it’s way into the beautiful and scenic hills of Watkins Glen, NY. Watkins Glen has played host to almost all levels of Racing throughout its past. The first grand prix race took place in 1948 winding through 6.6 miles of the back rounds of Watkins Glen. The original start/finish line can still be visited on the main street in downtown Watkins Glen.
With the loss of Lime Rock Park from the schedule, Watkins Glen has now become the home race for Marsh Racing and Whelen Engineering. This year they brought a newly built Whelen Motorsport/Team Fox Chevy Corvette #31 Prototype in a continued effort to improve their results. The Marsh Racing boys worked overtime to get the car prepped following the Detroit Grand Prix at the end of May.
With a quick practice on Friday afternoon and two early on Saturday the team was ready for qualifying. Still trying to dial in the new car, changes were made before qualifying and Eric set his sites on the 15 minute qualifying session Saturday evening to put the #31 Team Fox Corvette on the starting grid for the 6 hour race to follow Sunday morning. With qualifying completed and just missing the top 10, the team was set to start the 6 hour race 11th in class.
With the temperature reaching 90 degrees outside Boris Said took the green flag and started his march forward. After two grueling caution free stints he pitted the #31 Whelen Corvette and Eric Curran was ready to go to battle. With the temperature in the car now reaching 140 degrees, Eric continued to slowly bring the car up the leader board. After Eric’s two stints he was in for another pit stop and driver change and guest driver Guy Cosmo took the wheel. Guy ran smooth and consistent, everything you could ask for in a guest driver, unfortunately not used to the environment in a closed cockpit car, he came in after 1 stint and Boris was back in the car for another stint. Since Boris and Eric had already done 2 stints each, it was decided each driver would do a single stint, with Guy finishing the last 40 minutes. Guy did in fact bring the #31 Whelen / Team Fox Corvette home in the 6th position.
"Overall im really happy with the results after 6 grueling hours in our "hot" Whelen Corvette. The Mash racing guys worked for weeks to get the new car completed. Actually they were just finishing the build at the track during the start of the weekend. I shook it down the first day to make sure the car ran well and sort out a few teething problems. But overall our Whelen Corvette didn’t miss a beat for 6hrs! Thats impressive after the guys just finished it a few days earlier. All their hard work paid off! We still have some tuning to do to gain some more speed, but for a first year Prototype program, the guys are doing a great job. And Im excited for our next race a Mosport Raceway in Canada. Another one of my favorite tracks after Watkins Glen." - ERIC CURRAN
10 sets of tires
5 driver changes
128.8 gallons of fuel used
Average speed: 116.5 mph
With only a little over a week the boys will quickly try to prepare the car for it’s next adventure north of the border for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance in Bowmanville, Ontario Canada, at the Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
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