Thursday, July 12, 2018

Sahlen's Six Hours Of The Glen

I'm finally back to my desk in Florida after two weeks in Upstate New York. The highlight of my trip was covering the Six Hours of the Glen. With camera in hand, I bring you these pictures.

Despite 95 degree heat, Watkins Glen International was like coming home to an old friend. My first attendance there was in 1967, so I consider it home when it comes to racing.  The place is immense covering an entire hilltop and a lot more as its dark grey serpentine strip of asphalt winds some 3.4 miles up and down through sleepy meadows and stately patches of woods that have shaded spectators for decades.

The race saw a deserving team in the winner's circle for the Prototype class; the JDC-Miller Motorsports crew with drivers Chris Miller, Stephen Simpson and Misha Goikberg driving the #99 Gainsco Oreca, an LMP2 car.   The GTLM class win went to the #66 Ford GT of Chip Ganassi Racing.  And finally the GTD class was taken by BMW #96 of Turner Motorsports.

There was also plenty of action in the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge during the entire event that started on Friday including a 4 hour endurance race on Saturday and fans were treated to races on Friday and Saturday in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series.

Here are pictures from Saturday and Sunday race action including the Grid Walk on Sunday and selected pictures from the garages.  I hope you like the pictures you see- I had a great time taking them.

Diving Into The 90 At The Start

Talk About Close Competition!

A Different Angle- Mustang Sampling Passing Meyer Shank Racing Acura

The Winner In Prototype-JDC-Miller Motorsports

In the garages

Corvette Racing #3  Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller

Patriotic Skull Emblem Looks Cool

In Qualifying- A Spin In The Bus Stop

But No Harm Done

Watch Out For The Wall

Hello Wall

Oh No


Back On Track

P1 Motorsports

Wright Motorsports - Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen

Wayne Taylor Racing- Wayne Taylor on Right

Christian Fittipaldi

Christian's Ride

Paul Miller Racing

Jordan Taylor & Your Author- 95 Degrees & He's Not Sweating!

A Ferrari In Italian Colors


Winner of GTLM Class- Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT
Joey Hand & Dirk Muller

And Teammates Ryan Briscoe & Richard Westbrook

Cadillac/ Wayne Taylor Racing
Jordan Taylor & Renger van der Zande

Members of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Gang
40 Years Strong!

As The Race Starts

Mazda Team Joest  Rounds the 90

Pictures From The Continental Tire Challenge and Lamborghini Super Trofeo Races
(More To Come In A Future Post)

Fans Of All Brands

See You Next Year At The Glen!

Paul Ziegler, Publisher

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