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
Back On Track
Wright Motorsports - Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen
Wayne Taylor Racing- Wayne Taylor on Right
Paul Miller Racing
Jordan Taylor & Your Author- 95 Degrees & He's Not Sweating!
A Ferrari In Italian Colors
BMW Team RLL
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 Carcamerastory.com