Whelen Motorsports

Whelen Motorsports Geared For Endurance

IMSA • July 08, 2013

Watkins Glen International plays host to the second of three endurance races in the GRAND-AM Road Racing Series. Highlighted events under the title of the North American Endurance Championship (NAEC) bring in some of the best teams in the United States. Offering a different type of race weekend, drivers and crews must adjust to the clock of endurance racing. Venues for the NAEC include the Daytona 24 Hour, the Six Hours of the Glen, along with the Brickyard Grand Prix at the famed Indianapolis road course.

"The strategy for a six hour endurance race is much different than the typical two and three quarter hour sprint races that we run. Six hours is hard on any race car, and you have to be as easy as you can with all of the components ensuring that the car will last the whole race. The mentality is different, but then again, all of these guys in the GRAND-AM Rolex GT Series are pushing hard for most of the race. You have to conserve, but you also have to go fast enough to maintain your spot and be there at the end of the race. It is really a balancing act between how hard you drive and how much you conserve."

"The #31 Whelen Engineering / Team Fox Corvette was outstanding throughout the entire Six Hours of The Glen. The red and white Corvette ran perfectly from the green flag until the checkered and we fought hard to a 7th place finish. I am really proud of the Marsh Racing boys and the hard work that they have put into this program. We had great pit stops and fantastic speed throughout the entire race."

"It was fun to qualify the car again, which is something that I haven't done in this car in a while, and I miss it. Typically Boris qualifies and starts and I jump in for the second half of the race. This weekend I qualified second to the #57 Stevenson Camaro, starting on the front row. Robin Liddell and I had a great, fun battle for the first third of the race!"

The Whelen Corvette led for some time at the beginning of the ran and held a spot in the top three for the first two-thirds. The rain came, as it does at Watkins Glen, and Eric jumped in for the last ninety minutes.

"We made the call to switch to rain tires instead of continuing to run on slicks when Boris got out of the car. It was the wrong call and a game changer for the team, as just a few laps later the sun came back out. We dropped from the front to just inside of the top ten."

The Whelen / Team Fox Corvette ultimately finished P7 after a hard-fought six hours at The Glen.

Check out the entire photo gallery from the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on the Eric Curran Facebook page. The GRAND-AM Road Racing Series now takes a mid-summer break, returning to Indianapolis for the Brickyard Grand Prix on the weekend of July 24. The race will be televised on SPEED on 7/26 at 7:30 PM ET.d For Endurance