Saturday, July 15, 2017

Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen 2017

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Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen June 30 - Jul 2, 2017 was another action  filled weekend at picturesque Watkins Glen, New York.  If you have not been there it is worth a trip that offers beautiful scenery, cool mornings and if luck is with you, beautiful blue skies over a park like setting on the top of the 'hill' with vistas that include farm fields complete with cows grazing above Seneca Lake miles in the background.   God's country, punctuated by the blatt blatt of  four, six and eight cylinder motors reverberating off maple and pine trees.

The following two pictures taken Labor Day weekend 2016 at the Indycar races show the rural, farm setting described above.

       This picture gives you a view from the grandstand at the '90' looking East towards Seneca Lake

With Seneca Lake in the background 5 miles away from 'the hill'.

The gathering included such greats as Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Bill Auberlen and Alex Sims, Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner, Andy Lally and Joao Barbosa to name just a few.  Of note, Scott Pruett was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America a few days before the race.  But along with the veterans, there were new faces as well and we welcome the likes of Sage Karam to the Glen who drove for Lexus along with Scott Pruitt.

And we welcome back to the States 25 drivers who competed at Le Mans less than 2 weeks ago representing the likes of Corvette Racing, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Porsche GT Team, Risi Competizone and Scuderia Corsa.

The big news of the weekend was that the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac driven by Ricky and Jordon Taylor did not win the Prototype class; instead the class was taken by Jao Barbosa, Christian Fitipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque for Mustang Sampling Racing.  See video and story here:

Must see video- sights and sounds of Watkins Glen!

Mustang Sampling Wins At The Glen

And in other news, BMW's new M6 got its first win at the Glen.  See story here:

BMW M6 Wins For BMW Team RLL

As usual there were great performances by Corvette, Porsche, Ferrari , Ford and the newest manufacturers racing in IMSA -Lexus and Acura.  IMSA racing just keeps getting bigger and better.

This is not all, there was plenty of action in the build up to Sunday's 6 hour race shown in the Prototype Challenge,  Continential Tire 120 , Lamborghini Trofeo, and Porsche GT3 Cup races on Friday and Saturday.  So here's a photo gallery of the action:

From Saturday's Porcshe's GT Cup Race

The Corvette Train

New- Scott Pruett & Sage Karam in the Lexus

BMW Team RLL- winner in GTLM Class

Downhill into the'Boot'

                           Beautiful livery on this GT3 Cup Porsche including rain!

Yac Attack in PC Challenge

Ferrari 488 GTE

                                                                 Visit Florida Racing

Sage Karam and Lexus

                                     On Saturday Sage spun on oil coming out of turn 9.
Sage's Teammate Scott Pruett

The Winner- Prototype Class- Mustang Sampling

#5 Driver Joao Barbosa

At the toe of the 'boot'.

The Taylor Brothers

Konica Minolta Racing- a 1st lap shunt affected their race.

Series sponsor- the WeatherTech #50 Mercedes going through the 'Bus Stop'

Team RLL Racing BMW M6- view through the trees.

And on the grid before the race

And up the hill out of turn 9

A BMW brother from another mother- Turner Motorsport GT Daytona Class

            Charging up the hill out of the 'boot'- The winner, Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R.

GT Daytona class Porsche 911 GT3 R  Park Place Motorsports

Saturday rains dampened Saturday's PC Challenge Class race

Tight competition going downhill into the 'boot'.

A beautiful machine- the Ford GT of Chip Ganassi Racing driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Muller

GT Daytona entry by Core Autosport  Porsche GT3 R

Factory Entry in GTLM, the Porsche 911 RSR

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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Watkins Glen Photo Teaser

I'm late getting my stories and pictures of Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen posted due to an assortment of issues back home- like AC not working and a pool pump timer that decided to go on vacation while I was at the races. So after driving 21 hours south to Florida, I spent the last 3 days fixing things.

But before I turn in for the night I have to give you these photos of a great race weekend at the Glen.  The on and off showers Friday and Saturday did not dampen the spirits of the record number of fans on hand to see some of the best racing anywhere.

So here you go -  I'll follow up with an in depth report from the garages to the starting grid to the toe of the 'boot' coming soon.

There's more to come - Stories and Captions Too!

Paul Ziegler, Publisher LLC

Monday, June 12, 2017

Next Time Helio

The Indy 500 is one of the most recognized races and sporting events in the world. To be a four time winner of the race puts you in one of the most exclusive clubs in the world- there's only three members: A.J. Foyt, Al Unser Sr. and Rick Mears. Helio Castroneves has an open invitation to join with his three wins.

Helio is one of my favorite drivers. He's earned that spot for me as he has such a positive attitude and he's so down to earth.

That impression is confirmed by additional observations when interacting with other fans. I've captured a few shots of him at the 2016 and 2017 Indycar race at St. Petersburg Florida shown below exhibiting his captivating smile along with the ability to have fun. ( See candid picture of him spoofing the team mechanics at the 2016 race in St. Pete.)  Lastly, I'll finish this post with a story about a conversation I had with him at the autograph session in St. Petersburg back in March that adds to my appreciation for this truly humble driver.

                                              Can He Make Four Indy 500 Wins?

This guy has an ability to keep cool under pressure, even when things don't result in a win.  He always comes away with a good outlook on life.  Take this year's Indy 500 for example. He's won this three times.  Only three people on the planet have won it four times. He's trying to join the Four Timers club and he ends up second. Most people would lose it, have a break down or be really really upset. Helio's response "I did everything I could, trust me. Unfortunately second place is the best for us today."   Wow- he kept it together in the face of disappointment.    At age 42, Helio is in great shape and the experts say he's not too old to win again. ( Al Unser Sr. won in 1987 when he was 47)
I hope he does.  He's a class act!

So here's my little story.  I got in the long line for driver autographs at the 2017 St. Pete Indycar race and had a bunch of 8x10 pictures from the year before of various drivers but I didn't have one of Helio.  What can I have him autograph, other than the standard photo card everybody gets?  I happened to be wearing a hat that says 'Shift Happens' with a four speed gearshift pattern showing on the front. That's what I'll have him sign. So I get up to his spot under the tent and we exchange the usual quick hello and I hand him my hat.  He stops, looks at it and breaks out laughing. Then he pulls out his cell phone and says 'I have to take a picture of this and send it to Will Power'  ( Will Power had crashed in practice the day before and had his car in for repair)   He proceeds to take the picture, signs the hat and hands it back and says thank you 'that's cool'.    NO  I say THAT was cool what just happened!   It shows how down to earth he is and how he likes to have fun.

So here's a few photos of the guy that almost made it four wins at Indy:

                                              A couple of shots of Helio in action

Signing My Hat

Talking To Reporters
Just Having Fun

And My Autographed Hat

Hope You Enjoyed The Story About Helio

See You in Two Weeks At Watkins Glen For The 6 Hour IMSA Race
Paul Ziegler/ Editor and Publisher