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THE NEXT Winston Cup RACE
NEWS, STATS and INFO
THE RACE: SIRIUS at The Glen
Winston Cup Race #22 of 36 for the 2003 Winston Cup season
Updated: often, leading up to the race
- Race: Sunday, August 10, 2003 in Watkins Glen, NY
- TV: NBC - 1:30pm/et
- Pre-Race Show: NBC - 1:00pm/et - hosted by Bill Weber
- Scheduled Race Re-Air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00pm/et and again on August 14th; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, August 14th
- Pay Per View/NASCAR In Demand: www.indemand.com
- Announcers: Allen Bestwick, Benny Parsons, Wally Dallenbach
- Pit Reporters: Bill Weber, Matt Yocum, Marty Snider, Dave Burns
- War Wagon: Bill Weber and many guests
- NASCAR on TV
- Purse/Race Awards: $3,954,655 (was $3,634,749 in 2002)
- Entry List Links: at ThatsRacin.com or Entry List for the race from NASCAR.com
- 2002 Race Winner: Tony Stewart, 82.208mph, started 3rd
- Race Speed Record: Mark Martin, August 1995, 103.300
- Track/Race Length: 2.45 mile road course, 90 laps, 220.5 miles
- Pit Road Speed: 35mph
- Practice: Friday, August 8th, 11:00am - 1:00pm/et; and Saturday, August 9th, 9:30 - 10:15am/et
- Happy Hour Practice: Saturday, August 9th, 11:10 - 11:55am/et on TV-Speed Channel live.
- Qualifying Draw: Friday, August 8th, 10:00am/et
- Qualifying Order: ThatsRacin.com and/or NASCAR.com
- First Round Qualifying: 1 lap for positions 1-36, Friday, August 8th at 3:05pm/et, TV-Speed Channel live, re-air at 6:00pm/et and on Sat. August 9th at 1:00am/et, and live via MRN radio/internet (link below) and XM Satellite - NASCAR Radio (Subscription Required).
- Qualifying Results: on my SIRIUS at The Glen Qualifying Page
- NASCAR Online will have live lap-by-lap coverage of Cup qualifying via the web (NOTE: this is a paid subscription service).
- Second-Round Qualifying: there is no longer a 2nd round of qualifying (since the 2001 season)
- Track Qualifying Record: Dale Jarrett, August 2001, 122.698mph
- Last Year's Pole Sitter: Ricky Rudd, 122.696mph [pretty close to the record], finished 5th.
a 2.45-mile paved road course.
It has 11 turns with a variety of banking in turns ranging from 6 degrees to 10 degrees.
The length of the frontstretch is 2,150 feet and the length of the backstretch is 2,600 feet.
Watkins Glen International has hosted the Sirius Satellite Radio at The Glen since 1986.
- Track Homepage: Watkins Glen Intl Speedway
- Last Year: see my 2002 Watkins Glen Race Info Page.
GOODYEAR TIRE NOTES
No mention of rain or 'wet tires...
Tire: Goodyear Eagle Short Track Radials
Number of Tires Required: 1,940
Tire Codes: Left - D-5704; Right - D-5704
Tire Circumference: Left - 87.4 in.; Right - 87.4 in.
Technical Inspection Inflation:
Left Front - 23 psi; Left Rear - 20 psi;
Right Front - 23 psi; Right Rear - 20 psi
Minimum Recommended Inflation:
Left Front - 22 psi; Left Rear - 17 psi; Right
Front - 20 psi; Right Rear - 17 psi
Estimated Pit Window: Every 32-36 laps, based on fuel mileage.
Notes: Because cars turn both right and left on road courses, teams run the same tire (D-5704) on both sides of the car . . . Goodyear started bringing this particular tire to both NASCAR Winston Cup Series road course races during the 2000 season . . . that makes this the eighth consecutive road course race Winston Cup teams will have used this tire set-up, the fourth straight at Watkins Glen . . . this tire is also used on the right-side at Martinsville (Winston Cup and Craftsman Truck Series) and South Boston (Craftsman Truck Series only) . . . teams do not run inner liners at Watkins Glen, or any other NASCAR road course.
Goodyear Quote - Mark Keto, Lead Engineer, Stock Car Tire Development: "On road courses, NASCAR teams use the same tire on both the left and right sides. This particular tire is the right-side from Goodyear's short track group, used by Cup teams at Martinsville. Because it is from our short track set-up, this code is the softest right-side tire we run, giving the cars plenty of grip. That will help drivers handle around the 11 difficult turns Watkins Glen has to offer."
RACE BONUS INFO
- The NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus is $220,000 at Watkins Glen for leading the points and winning the race (Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002). The $360,000 annual award is paid at $10,000 per race to the point leader at the end of each event if the driver is also the winner. The award increases by $10,000 each week the it goes unclaimed. If the point leader is not the race winner at the end of the year, the balance of the award is distributed among the top-10 finishers in the drivers point standings(8-3-2003)
- 52 Races since...: Leader bonus has been won. It's been 52 races since the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader won a race and took home the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus. #17-Matt Kenseth leads the series points and has the only shot at claiming the bonus at Watkins Glen. Should a driver win the bonus at Watkins Glen, it would bypass the largest payout in the history of the program. #18-Bobby Labonte collected the biggest paycheck, $190,000, with a win at Indianapolis in 2000. The $10,000 bonus is available following every NASCAR Winston Cup Series race. If the point leader does not win the race, the bonus rolls over to the next week. Sterling Marlin last won the award, $20,000 at Darlington on March 17, 2002, it was NOT won by #15-Waltrip at Daytona, it rolled over to Rockingham.(8-3-2003)
- MBNA Mid-Race Leader Bonus: is $30,000 at Watkins Glen. The MBNA Mid-Race Leader Award is $10,000 to the Winston Cup driver who leads the race at midway. If the driver wins the race they receive a $5,000 bonus. If the MBNA Mid-Race Leader fails to win the race the $5,000 bonus rolls into the next week (Jeff Gordon last won the bonus, $25,000 + $10,000 at Martinsville on Apr 13, 2003). No word on if a driver gets the award if the halfway is under yellow at the time or if the award is given out if the leader is not participating in the program and if it would go to the next place car at the time. The 2003 MBNA Mid-Race Leader Winners:
Daytona: Michael Waltrip, $15,000* (plus $5,000 bonus)
Rockingham: Rusty Wallace, $10,000
Las Vegas: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
Atlanta: Bobby Labonte, $25,000* (plus $15,000 bous)
Darlington: Mark Martin, $10,000
Bristol: Jimmy Spencer, $10,000
Texas: Matt Kenseth, $10,000
Talladega: Matt Kenseth, $10,000 (Jimmie Johnson led at halfway, assume the team does not participate in the program)
Martinsville: Jeff Gordon, $35,000* (plus $25,000 bonus)
California: Jamie McMurray, $10,000
Richmond: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
Charlotte: Bobby Labonte, $10,000
Dover: Ryan Newman, $30,000 (which includes the $20,000 bonus)*
Pocono: Elliott Sadler, $10,000
Michigan: Sterling Marlin, $10,000
Sonoma: Robby Gordon, $25,000 (which includes the $15,000 bonus)*
Daytona: Dale Earnhardt Jr., $10,000
Chicago: Jeff Gordon, $10,000
New Hampshire: Kevin Harvick, $10,000
Pocono: Tony Stewart, $10,000
Watkins Glen: Tony Stewart, $10,000
(* won race and bonus)(8-3-2003)
Robby wins the Sirius at The Glen: #31-Robby Gordon lead the final 30 laps and won the Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. It is Gordon's third career Cup win, 2nd of the year and 2nd road course win. #39-Scott Pruett got his best career Cup finish with a 2nd place finish. Two wins in row for Richard Childress Racing, who has 76 wins as an owner. With a few hundred feet to go, #29-Harvick got into a fuel starved #24 Gordon car who nosed into the guardrail and spun around with the DuPont Chevy ending a few feet from the flag stand against the guard rail, finishing 33rd a lap down. Harvick and crew cheif were called to the 'big red trailer' [NASCAR]. #44-Fittipaldi was taken by hospital to the infield to be treated for possible carbon monoxide poisoning and dehydration.
The UNOFFICIAL Top Ten (start pos in parens):
#31-Robby Gordon (14th)(30 laps led)
#39-Scott Pruett (28th)(9 laps led)
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. (6th)(11 laps led)
#48-Jimmie Johnson (20th - to the back/engine change)
#29-Kevin Harvick (11th)
#22-Ward Burton (22nd)
#88-Dale Jarrett (30th)
#17-Matt Kenseth (7th)
#12-Ryan Newman (13th)
#6-Mark Martin (3rd)
Where are the road race ringers finish?
#01-Said, 39th - out
#1-Fellows, 37th - out
Cars on the lead lap: 32 (of 43 starters)
Off track/out of race (2): #40-Marlin (out-engine); #01-Said (out-accident); #1-Ron Fellows (out-?);
Laps Leaders Unofficial (8 with 8 lead changes): #16-Biffle (23 laps led); #39-Pruett (9); #99-Burton (10); #8-Earnhardt Jr. (11); #18-Labonte (5); #21-Rudd (1); #42-McMurray (1); #31-Gordon (30 - most laps led);
Cautions: 6 for 14 laps
Caution 6 - Laps 77 - 78: #54-Bodine spun off course in turn 1 and got stuck in the kitty litter.
Caution 5 - Laps 52 - 54: #2-Wallace got off course on turn 10 and got stuck in the kitty litter, grass and mud. Wallace had lost his brakes.
Caution 4 - Laps 43 - 45: #74-Raines got hit and spun around and backed into the guard rail.
Caution 3 - Laps 35 - 36: Contact between #44-Fittipaldi and #30-Park, with Fittipaldi spinning and backing into the syrofoam the turn 11 wall. Park spun, but was able to drive off with no damage, Fittipaldi's car is pretty bad, rear end bashed in.
Caution 2 - Laps 22 - 24: Gas spilled on to the [right side] brakes of the #29-Harvick car and ignited the back of the car and fire spread to the catch can, which the catch can person dropped to the ground, the saftey crew were right on it and extinguished th car first as Harvick drove away then put out the catch can. The question is if the tire changer got all the lug nuts on and tightened.
Caution 1 - Laps 2 - 4: #45-Petty got together with #4-Jones [or the #04?] in the inner loop [bus stop] and ended up in the Styrofoam nose first. He hit the foam quite hard but is ok, the team is repairing the car.
RACE NOTES: (as noted on TV or MRN Radio)
On the last lap, with #24-Gordon just out of gas, and limping towards the flagstand, got hit by #29-Harvick and spun around just before the flagstand and went nose first into the guardrail, spun around and ended up facing backwards a few feet from the start/finish, finishing up 33rd.
On lap 82, #16-Biffle had to serve a stop-and-go penalty as he went thru the inner loop on the exit road and failed to stop as required.
On lap 81, #1-Fellows got off course, but was able to get back on track, but lost a bunch of spots. And #41-Mears lost a bunch of spots when he went off course in turn 1.
During caution 6, #99-Burton had a crew person working on the transmission/shifter as Burton is having trouble getting into 1st and 2nd gear.
#18-Labonte pitted while leading on lap 60.
On la[ 59, #23-Wallace got spun around but was able to drive off, no caution.
#7-Spencer gets off course in the inner loop, but keeps go.
On lap 50, #17-Kenseth and #41-Mears got together, pushing ther left fender in on the tire. both had to pit for minor repairs.
On the first lap after caution 4, while running 10th, #01-Said got tapped by #31-Gordon and did a 360 with the left front getting some damage and fender into the tire. No caution was thrown as Said drove off and pitted for reapirs and got out on the lead lap.
Just before Caution 4, #04-Miller spun in the inner loop off course and waited for traffic to clear and drove off.
While leading #39-Pruett made his first pit stop on lap 33.
#29-Harvick hit the kill switch on the restart after the 2nd caution, but was able to restart and keep going.
#39-Pruett and #4-Jones didn't pit during or before the 2nd caution and are in the front.
#54-Bodine left the pit road with the gas can still attached [he shook it loose] and has to come in for a stop-and-go penalty.
#45-Petty came back out on lap 16 or so after getting repairs to the car.
During #5-Labonte's pit stop they raised the hood, Labonte has power sterring problem, the team didn't have time to fix it.
Most of the leaders came in during caution 2 to pit.
Many teams are pitting already at lap 19-20, #22, #0, #99 and #15.
During the first caution, #40-Marlin is smoking and the team told him to take it to the garage to check out. But the smoke is out the tailpipes.
Maybe not a good choice, #24-Gordon got too deep into turn 1 and spun out and ended up off course [per MRN radio]. He was NOT hit by #16-Biffle. HOWEVER, NBC reports the Biffle did tap Gordonm replays seem to indicate that and Biffle said over the radio 'he flef terrible" and apologized.
Since the pole sitter can choose which side to start on, #24-Gordon chose the outside pole.
#20-Stewart came onto pit road, the team says it was easier to get to the rear of the field, but a team member did go into the car thru the right side window.
To the back (5): #20-Tony Stewart's team had to change an engine, so Stewart will have to give up the 4th starting spot and fall to the rear of the field. #7-Jimmy Spencer's team also changed engines, giving up the 39th spot. #48-Jimmie Johnson's team found water in the oil and changed engines and falls to the rear also. Two more teams changed engines and go to the back before the drop of the green flag: #01-Boris Said (was to start 10th) and #44-Christian Fittipaldi (was to start 36th)
Race Re-air: NOTE: Speed Channel has changed their lineup starting in August - so there will be a one-hour recap of the race on Wednesday, August 13th at 7:00pm/et and again on August 14th; a full three-hour race show will re-air at 3:00pm/et on Thursday, August 14th
Race Results at
NOTE: No idea why a few sites have cut #40-Marlin, who finished 43rd with 34 points, off their finish order, sure it will be corrected soon.(8-10-2003)
TOP FIVE [unofficial] DRIVERS POINTS after Watkins Glen:
#17-Matt Kenseth, 3294
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 3036, -258
#24-Jeff Gordon, 2898, -396
#48-Jimmie Johnson, 2816, -478
#29-Kevin Harvick, 2778, -516
See full standings at NASCAR.com.(8-10-2003)
StockCarFans.com - Rumblings - Watkins Glen: #31-Robby Gordon led the last 30 laps today at Watkins Glen International and captured his second win of the season (and 3rd of his career) in the Sirius at The Glen. He becomes the 3rd Sweeper since we added
Infineon Raceway to the schedule in 1989, and they're both named Gordon. Jeff did it twice, in 1998 and 1999 (more on him later).
Robby's win moves him into a tie for 80th on the all-time win list, and is the 74th win for RCR Enterprises (or 76th if you count the two that
Ricky Rudd got for Childress Racing in 1983).
It was certainly a wild event....a pit fire, splashers in the mud, sun bathers on the beach, a few visits to the kitty litter, and trouble for Jeff Gordon in the first turn of the first lap and last turn of the last lap. He lacked about 100 feet from finishing (Mr. Lead Lap will like that).
Gonna be interesting to see what happens on the safety front the next couple weeks. The drivers are starting to get their fill of it, and
with Mike Helton saying "this works for NASCAR" you can bet they're gonna come back with "how about something that works for NASCAR's drivers"? Ryan Newman was rather vocal after his wreck on Friday (to take that long to get to a driver during practice has gotta take some 'splainin), and Jeff Gordon touched on it after his last lap crash today. Now we'll see if NASCAR responds.
#39-Scott Pruett (2nd) had his career-best finish today. His previous best was 6th here last year. His Top-5 gives us 28 drivers to score that mark this season....last year's number was 31. His Top-10 gives us 40 drivers at that level this season....last year's number was 42.
#22-Ward Burton (6th) had his best finish since he was 5th at Martinsville last October.
#0-John Andretti (19th) had his best finish since he was 8th at Fontana in April (only 8 races).
#39-Scott Pruett led today for the first time since he led here once for three laps in August of 2001. He's the 42nd driver to lead a lap this
season.... we had 46 of those last year.
STREAKIN....Robby Gordon has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races. Ryan Newman has 4 Top-10's in the last 5 races.
This Week's Elevator...UP: Operator of the Week is Scott Pruett (+26), followed by Jeremy Mayfield (+24), Dale Jarrett (+23), and Michael
Waltrip (+21). The Big Dropper was a tie between Jeff Gordon (-32) and Rusty Wallace (-32), followed by Greg Biffle (-29), Boris Said
(-29), and Ron Fellows (-20).
Matt Kenseth lost 28 points off his lead today....it's now 258 over Dale Earnhardt Jr. No drivers were mathematically eliminated today; that
line remains unchanged at 46th and below.
Kevin Harvick (7th to 5th), Tony Stewart (13th to 11th), and Ward Burton (22nd to 20th) made the only multiple position gains in the Top 45.
Rusty Wallace (10th to 12th) and Dave Blaney (24th to 26th) did the same in the opposite direction.(StockCarFans.Com Wcup Newsletter)(8-10-2003)
To the back (5): #20-Tony Stewart's team had to change an engine, so Stewart will have to give up the 4th starting spot and fall to the rear of the field. #7-Jimmy Spencer's team also changed engines, giving up the 39th spot. #48-Jimmie Johnson's team found water in the oil and changed engines and falls to the rear also.
ADD 2 more: two more teams changed engines and go to the back before the drop of the green flag: #01-Boris Said (was to start 10th) and #44-Christian Fittipaldi (was to start 36th).(8-10-2003)
Milestones: #10-Johnny Benson will start his 250th Winston Cup race; #97-Kurt Busch will start his 100th Cup race. #18-Bobby Labonte will start his 350th consecutive Cup race at Watkins Glen.(8-8-2003)
NY Army National Guard to take a lap: Watkins Glen International invitated the members of the New York Army National Guard to drive the NASCAR drivers on the parade lap around the track. The NYARNG will also provide the color guard, proudly presenting our nations color's for the national anthem. All the soldiers are members of the 1-108th Infantry, the 427th Support Battalion, the 101 Cavalry, and the 27th Brigade from Rochester, NY.(8-8-2003)
Happy Hour practice is over at Watkins Glen for the sirius at the Glen. The fastest: #16-Biffle at 123.472; #6-Martin at 122.447mph and #8-Earnhardt Jr. at 122.078 [the rest of the top 10: #'s 24,18,1,31,20,01,99]. Slowest: #7-Spencer at 118.291 and #75-Raines at 118.932. #8-Earnhardt Jr. went of course on turn 10 early and got stuck in the 'kitty litter'. #20-Stewart had an oil leak and the team is trying to find it. Midway thru practice, #44-Fittipaldi went off turn one and thru the kitty litter and did some damage to the front end and valence. Towards the end of practice, #45-Petty got off at the chicane/bus stop and wacked the styofoam, not much damage to the car. #7-Spencer got off course very close to the end of practice and was stuck in the litter.
For speeds, see ThatsRacin.com.(8-9-2003)
1st Sat Practice is over at Watkins Glen. The fastest: #20-Stewart at 122.415, #6-Martin at 122.323 and #1-Fellows at 121.887 [rest of the top ten: #'s 24,18,16,29,31,17,01]. Slowest were #32-Craven at 117.782 and #74-Tony Raines at 119.035. A few cars went of course during the practice, #88-Jarrett off course at the busstop and #16-Biffle off in turn one, but no serious damage reported.
See full rundown of speeds on ThatsRacin.com.(8-9-2003)
Stockcarfans.com - Ramblings - Watkins Glen: #24-Jeff Gordon grabbed his second Bud Pole of the season today (he had the top-spot at Martinsville in April) at Watkins Glen International for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen, and it was a new track record. For that
matter, with the cloudy and overcast conditions, the first 18 drivers were quicker than the previous track record.
With a time of 70.798 sec (124.580 mph), Gordon claimed his 44th career pole. He'll be joined on the front-row by #16-Greg Biffle, who claimed his career-best starting spot. His previous best was 4th at New Hampshire last September.
#6-Mark Martin (3rd) has his best starting spot since he started 3rd at Rockingham in February.
#2-Rusty Wallace (5th) has his best starting spot since he started on the outside pole at Dover in June.
#54-Todd Bodine (17th) has his best starting spot since he lined up 14th at Pocono in June.
#45-Kyle Petty (31st) has his best starting spot since he started 27th at Dover in June.
STREAKIN....Bobby Labonte has 4 Top-10 starts in a row.
The road course event brought out a car count of 47, so we've got 4 cars loaded up for the early out on today's Trouble Train. Ken Schrader,
Joe Varde, Scott Maxwell (in the #43 this weekend), and Larry Foyt were all DNQ's this week.
Provisionals went to: Sterling Marlin (his first of the year), Ricky Craven, Jimmy Spencer (friend to road racers everywhere), Jeremy Mayfield (his first provisional of the season as well), Steve Park, Tony Raines, and Paul Menard (making his first ever Cup start).(Stockcarfans.com Winston Cup Newsletter)(8-9-2003)
Gordon on the pole: #24-Jeff Gordon won the pole for the Sirius at the Glen race at Watkins Glen with a new track record of 124.580mph, his 2nd Bud Pole of 2003, 5th career road course pole and 45th career pole. Starting 2nd is Rookie of the Year candidate, #16-Greg Biffle who ran a lap of 124.497, 2nd is the highest a rookie has started in 2003. Eighteen drivers ran faster the thr old track record, which was set in 2001 at 122.698. Missing the race are #43-Scott Maxwell [out of provisionals], #49-Ken Schrader [out of provisionals], #35-Joe Varde [no owners points] and #50-Larry Foyt [55th in owners points], #33-Paul Menard [54th in owners points] got the final provisional. See qualifying results, speed, times, comparision with practice, other lineup links, see my Jayski's Watkin's Glen Qualifying/Grid Page.(8-8-2003)
Pole Progression at Watkins Glen: (who had the pole first, who got it next and who ended up with it)
#44-Christian Fittipaldi, 1st out to qualify, 121.169, starts 36th
#8-Dale Earnhardt Jr., 2nd out, 124.145, TRACK RECORD, starts 6th
#16-Greg Biffle, 9th out, 124.497, TRACK RECORD, starts 2nd
#24-Jeff Gordon, 23rd out, 124.580, TRACK RECORD, starts 1st
Rookie of the Year Candidates: how fast were they? and where do they start:
#16-Greg Biffle, 124.497, 2nd
#41-Casey Mears, 123.190, 12th
#42-Jamie McMurray, 121.995, 29th
#50-Larry Foyt, 117.812, DNQ
#66-Hideo Fukuyama, is not racing this week
#74-Tony Raines, 121.029, starts 42 using a provisional.(8-8-2003)
The 'Ringers': how fast were they? and where do they start:
#01-Boris Said, 123.384, starts 10th
#04-Johnny Miller, 121.396, starts 32nd
#1-Ron Fellows, 122.699, starts 18th
#4-P.J.Jones, 121.274, starts 33rd
#33-Paul Menard, 120.538, starts 43rd using a provisional
#35-Joe Varde, 119.900, DNQ
#39-Scott Pruett, 122.144, starts 28th
#43-Scott Maxwell, 119.635, DNQ
Some Qualifying Notes: #77-Dave Blaney went out for his lap but didn't take the green flag, brought it in and found some sort of problem under the hood, Blaney went out last and qualified 16th.
#7-Jimmy Spencer got off course and in the grass, but kept going, but was very slow.
#12-Ryan Newman is in a backup car due to his practice accident.
#30-Steve Park broke a transmission broke in practice, the reason Park was slow in practice.
#33-Paul Menard's hauler wrecked on the way to Watkins Glen and damaged the primary car, he is in a backup car, that the team had to restrieve using a flatbed truck.(8-8-2003)
Fastest Qualifier by Manufacturer::
Chevy: #24-Jeff Gordon, 124.580, starts 1st
Dodge: #2-Rusty Wallace, 124.255, starts 5th
Ford: #16-Greg Biffle, 124.497, starts 2nd
Pontiac: #01-Boris Said, 123.384, starts 10th
Toyota - oops, not yet.......(8-8-2003)
Friday Practice is OVER at Watkins Glen. The fastest were #8-Earnhardt Jr. at 124.259mph, followed by #24-Gordon at 124.253 and #16-Biffle at 124.033 [rest of the top 10 are: #'s 17,20,6,18,15,39,41 per nascar.com OR #'s 17,20,6,2,97,18,39 per ThatsRacin.com]. Slowest were #50-Foyt at 118.526 and #43-Scott Maxwell at 118.813 [per nascar.com] OR #50-Foyt and #30_steve Park at 119.147 [per ThatsRacin.com]. Where did the 'Ringers' end up. not too good really: #39-Pruett was 9th [10th per thatsracin.com]; #01-Said was 11th [15th], #1-Fellows was 14th [21st], #4-Jones was 37th [26th], #04-Miller was 40th [23rd], #33-Menard was 38th [35th], #35-Varde was 41st [42nd] and #43-Maxwell was 46th [43rd].
If the nascar.com speeds translated into qualifying, the four drivers missing would be #4-Jones, #43-Maxwell and #49-Schrader [all out of provisionals] and #35-Varde [no owners points, first attempt].
If the thatsracin.com speeds translated into qualifying, the four drivers missing would be #43-Maxwell and #49-Schrader [all out of provisionals], #35-Varde [no owners points, first attempt] and #50-Foyt [55th in owners points].
NOTE: the qualifying record is 122.698mph set by Dale Jarrett in August of 2001.
For speed, see ThatsRacin.com - Friday Practice or NASCAR.com - Practice 1.
NOTE: ThatsRacin.com and NASCAR practice sheets are a bit different, no idea why.(8-8-2003)
Newman uninjured in wreck: #12-Ryan Newman escaped injury in a crash Friday during practice at Watkins Glen. Newman's Dodge wrecked in the right-hand Turn 8 and slammed the barrier off the race track, ending up on its driver side, leaving Newman trapped inside. Newman spent an extended period of time in the car before safety workers were able to prop it up enough to let Newman crawl out of the driver's-side window and he walked away. (NASCAR.com)(8-8-2003)
Qualifying Order is up. 47 cars/drivers listed. First driver due out is #44-Christian Fittipaldi. Last driver scheduled out is #19-Jeremy Mayfield. For the links, see above for the links.(8-8-2003)
Last 'Ringer' to win? Road Course 'Ringers' [drivers who specialize in runnig road course tracks/series] have not won a road course race in Winston Cup since Jayski fave, the late Mark Donohue won at Riverside, CA in the #16 AMC Madator for Roger Penske AND speaking of Donohue, there will be a Mark Donohue Tribute Reunion at Watkins Glen at the on September 5-7th during the 2003 Zippo U.S. Vintage Grand Prix. The main event will include a demonstration race with the cars from Donohue's past. More info on my Mark Donohue Tribute Page.(8-6-2003)
The Entry List is up for Watkins Glen. 47 drivers/cars are listed, including:
#01-Boris Said in for Mike Skinner [who is subbing for injured Jerry Nadeau]
#04-Morgan McClure 2nd car, with P.J. Jones
#1-Ron Fellows in for Jeff Green
#4-Johnny Miller the driver de jour, also ran Sonoma
#33-Paul Menard tested in July
#35-Joe Varde tested for Team Amick in July, and will attempt the race, car owner is listed as Cheryl Varde
#39-Scott Pruett, ran a 2nd Target Dodge at Sonoma and tested at The Glen in July
#43-Scott Maxwell in for Christian Fittipaldi who will drive the #44 NY Yankees car
#50-Larry Foyt is listed as the driver, bvack to the #50 for provisionals
Fours teams are out of provisionals: #4-Miller, #14-Foyt [but running #50 instead], #43-Maxwell and #49-Schrader.(8-5-2003)
Best 25 Over Last Six Races from NASCAR.com.
Jayski's - 2003 Winston Cup Race Results Page
How to Calculate Track Speeds: use the formula Speed = Distance divided by Time. Distance is Track Length, and Lap Time into Hours. Once hour is 3600 seconds, so the calculation for a 48 second lap at Daytona(2.5 miles) would be: Speed = 2.5 x (3600/48), = 2.5 x 75 = 187.500mph. For a 19 second lap at Bristol(.533 miles): Speed = .533 x (3600/19), = .533 x 189.474 = a speed of 100.990mph
How to break a tie during qualifying?(same speed/time) When drivers are tied for a starting spot during qualifying, it is broken by owners points standings(not drivers). For provisionals standings see the Jayski's Provisional Status page
- NBC to have 57 Cameras, Including the Return of "Squash-Cam": Just as the road course presents a unique set of challenges for drivers it also presents a unique set of challenges for broadcasters. "Unlike the typical oval track, there is no single camera that can
cover the entire course at Watkins Glen," said Mike Wells, director, NASCAR on NBC & TNT. "It’s a combination of there being so many
turns, the track being so big, the elevation changes and the inner-loop that makes it a challenge for everybody. For many of the same reasons the course is tough for some of the drivers, it’s also a challenge for the television crew."
57 Cameras & "Squash-Cam" Returns: NBC’s production arsenal includes 58 cameras to cover the road course at Watkins Glen. "Squash-Cam," which was used effectively last weekend at the Brickyard 400, will be taken to Watkins Glen for this Sunday’s race. "Squash-Cam" is a lipstick-size camera that will be buried in the grass in the inner-loop (chicane) at Watkins Glen. The camera often shows a car moving over or extremely close to the camera lens to give the audience the feeling of being "squashed."(NBC PR)(8-10-2003)
- 20 USAF Recruits to be sworn in: The Air Force will have a special paint scheme on Ricky Rudd's #21 Motorcraft Ford Taurus for a special occasion. Before the race, Gen. John W. Handy, who heads the U.S. Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, will officially swear in 20-plus Air Force recruits [Jayski remembers when he got sworn in, Philly in a hot room - this sounds like more fun]. Four F-16 fighter jets from the 174th Air National Guard Fighter Wing in nearby Syracuse, N.Y., will do a flyover to mark the occasion. Rudd, who qualified 26th, has 25 top-five finishes in 48 road-course races, more than any driver in NASCAR history. He has two wins and eight top-five finishes at Watkins Glen and won the pole last year.(ESPN/AP)(8-10-2003)
- rain update: well...looking at the radar as of 12:00noon/et, looks pretty clear with very little green in the area, it is partly sunny, forecasts lhave rain in the area around 3:00-400pm/et, so good chance the race will get in under dry condidtions, but never know with the rain, and it tends to do opposite of what I post.(8-10-2003)
- 80% chance of rain; could be Historic at the Glen: The forecast for Sunday's Sirius at The Glen was calling for an 80 percent chance of rain, and the chance that NASCAR would conduct its first-ever race using Goodyear's rain tires became a possibility. "It could be historic," said Rick Heinrich, marketing manager for Goodyear. "That's why we bring 'em. We want to be ready." A torrential downpour forced the Busch North series race to be called after 41 of 62 laps Saturday, giving Ted Christopher the victory. Heinrich said Goodyear shipped 1,200 rain tires to Watkins Glen. He added that NASCAR indicated it would not like to begin the race on the tires, which cost $394 apiece and have a tread depth of 6/32nds. "They want to have the option to use them under the right circumstance in order to get the race in," Heinrich said. If the tires are used, pit strategy could become critical. Heinrich said that under extremely wet conditions cars could run the whole race on one set of tires. Mike Skinner won an exhibition race in Suzuka, Japan in 1999 on rain tires, and Mark Martin, Terry Labonte and Robby Gordon are among a handful of drivers who have tested in the rain at The Glen. NASCAR said a decision will be made at race time. If it rains, one windshield wiper and one brake light in the rear window would be added to each car.(ESPN/AP)(8-10-2003)
- 'Rain' Tires could be used: Goodyear has brought its specially developed rain tire here and NASCAR President Mike Helton said he might let the Winston Cup teams use them during practice today if the conditions are right. Helton said the tires could be used during Sunday's Sirius at the Glen if it rains. "That's why we brought them here," he said. The National Weather Service forecast for today is calling for a 60 percent chance of rain throughout the day. There's a chance of thunderstorms Sunday. If the track is wet today, the Mohegan Sun 150 NASCAR Busch North Series race, scheduled for 1 p.m., would be canceled. However, "happy hour," the 45-minute Winston Cup practice session scheduled for 11:10 a.m. today could be run, with the field equipped with rain tires. Goodyear developed a rain tire for Winston Cup a few years ago. Aside from a couple of impromptu tests, including one here, they have never been used in an official session. Winston Cup cars normally run on treadless, slick tires. "We're ready," Rick Heinrich, Goodyear's marketing manager said. "It would take us just a very short period of time to have a set mounted for every team." The treaded tires, all 1,200 of them, have been sitting in climate-controlled storage at Goodyear headquarters in Akron, Ohio, for a couple of years. The tires, which would be enough to supply the field for Sunday's race, are in a trailer at Watkins Glen this week. Heinrich said the tread pattern is similar to its aquatread street tire pattern and is designed to pump the water to the edges of the tire as quickly and as efficiently as possible. If the rain tires are used, a single windshield wiper would be installed on the cars, along with a rear brake light.(Elmira Star Gazette)(8-9-2003)
- So...rain? Tires? what happens at Watkins Glen if it rains this coming weekend? [a 50% chance per the Weather Channel and 31% per Accuweather.com], can assume [oops] that Goodyear will have their 'wet' race tire available for the teams. It is NOT a rain tire. The cars would not run in a steady or heavy rain, but could run on a wet track. A windshield wiper [front only] and a rear brake light would also be installed. The 'wet' tires are only used on road course track, if needed.(8-6-2003)
UPDATE: Rain tires? Watkins Glen is the one track where NASCAR has threatened to use them, but most drivers and car owners consider that more of a marketing ploy to boost ticket sales in the area than a real possibility. The last time NASCAR tried to get drivers even to run a few laps, they finally decided it was too wet for the rain tires.(Winston Salem Journal), 'wet' / 'rain' tires are NOT mentioned in the Goodyear Tire Notes but Goodyear does have 1200 wet/rain tires at the track.(8-7-2003)
AND Winston Cup Series director John Darby also said that the use of rain tires this weekend is a possibility, but that they would be employed only in the race on Sunday in an effort to complete the race if bad weather came after the event had started.(ThatsRacin.com)(8-9-2003)
- Army offers free diversions at track: The Army has a sprawling display among the vendors near the Pyramid shopping complex along the Watkins Glen International infield. A tank, helicopter and race car simulators, a pit crew challenge, combat games and marksmanship competitions are part of the setup, free of charge. "A lot of it's for fun," said Steve Ingo, 45, who travels the NASCAR circuit with the Army. "It also doubles as a recruiting station." The booth will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.(Star Gazette)(8-8-2003)
- Essay Winner announced: Watkins Glen International officials announced that Denise Jacon Church of Petersburgh, NY,
is the winner of the 2003 Essay Contest. Church's memorable moment came on a hot August afternoon while watching the stars of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series at The Glen in 2000. It was the day that New York native Steve Park would win his first NASCAR Winston Cup race - and also the day she became a Steve Park fan. Park's post-race celebration is where Church's moment climaxed, as Park climbed out of his car and hopped on-top, hoisting his hands in celebration directly in-front of where the Church family was sitting. For the past five years Church has enjoyed her annual trip to The Glen with her family, husband Tim and daughter Chelsea. "Winning the contest was the most exciting thing to ever happen to me and I'm looking forward to coming to this year's race," said Church. "We will all be cheering on Steve Park and hope that he has another successful race." Church, a race fan who's been coming to The Glen for the past five
years with husband Tim and daughter Chelsea, will have her essay featured in the 2003 SIRIUS at The Glen Official Event Program. Her family will also receive complimentary tickets and a souvenir program.(Watkins Glen PR/Site)(8-5-2003)
- Marlin to meet with Watkins Glen season ticket holders: #40-Sterling Marlin will greet 2003 Watkins Glen International season ticket holders at an exclusive reception Friday, August 8, in the Glen Club immediately following Winston Cup qualifying for the SIRIUS at The Glen. Marlin will be on hand to greet season ticket holders and participate in a brief question and answer session. The Glen Club is a private dining suite located at the top of the Esses in the infield at Watkins Glen International. Only guests that have purchased season tickets will be admitted, with season tickets still available for purchase through The Glen's ticket office.(Watkins Glen PR)(8-4-2003)
- Watkings Glen and Sirius back in 2004: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust said Friday that the Schuyler County racing facility will host a NASCAR Nextel Cup event in 2004. "Watkins Glen is going to have a race in '04," Rust said. "We're signed and have a done deal." Several Web sites have reported rumors that the Glen race would not be part of the Nextel Cup schedule in 2004. These rumors were partly fueled when NASCAR officials announced in January that major changes would be made to the 2004 schedule. Rust said Watkins Glen provides a unique showcase for the series. Watkins Glen and Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., are the only road courses the Winston Cup series competes at. Next year's Watkins Glen race will take place on the third Sunday in August -- Aug. 15. Since it began in 1986, Watkins Glen's Winston Cup race traditionally has been run the second Sunday of August. "It is still our traditional weekend, but because of leap year, the calendar gets messed up a little," said Julie Giese, the senior manager of public relations for Watkins Glen International. NASCAR has not released the official Nextel Cup schedule, but Rust said it should be out soon. NASCAR traditionally awards dates for its top series on a year-by-year basis. Sirius Satellite Radio, the title sponsor of this year's Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen on Aug. 10, has a contract to be the event's sponsor again next year.(Elmira Star-Gazette - short term link)(7-26-2003)
- It's Just Sirius: The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup event at Watkins Glen International, August 7-10th, is now titled the SIRIUS at The Glen.[it was Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen].(Watkins Glen PR)(3-6-2003)
- Watkins Glen race touted by Autoweek: the February 17th issue of Autoweek magazine ranked Watkins Glen International's SIRIUS at The Glen NASCAR Winston Cup race on August 10th as one of three NASCAR "Races You Absolutely Can't Miss". Highlighted as part of the Motorsports 2003 Preview section, Autoweek says of The Glen's Cup race: "It's fun to watch Cup racers banging away at each other on a road course". The Daytona 500 and the Bristol Motor Speedway night race joined New York State's largest weekend spectator sporting event on the "Absolutely Can't Miss" list. Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, as well as the entire 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com.(Watkins Glen International PR)(2-28-2003)
- Promotion: Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust recently announced that Amanda Lewis and Tonya Andrysick have joined The Glen's ticket office, and Scott Swimley was promoted to Corporate Sales Executive for the historic road course. Swimley, a resident of Corning, NY moves into the Sales and Marketing department from the ticket office, where he served as Gate Operations Manager for the past two years. Andrysick, a Santa Maria, CA native, returns to The Glen as Admissions Services Supervisor. Prior to this position, Andrysick served as the Executive Assistant to the President since August of 2000 and has an Associates Degree from Indiana's Hyles-Anderson College. In this newly created position, Andrysick will focus on ensuring a positive experience for their guests through customer communication and correspondence, disability services and will oversee the coordination of race-day volunteers that assist guests during the events.(Watkins Glen International PR)(12-20-2002)
- Past track news: posted in the past at Jayski's Past Track News/Rumors - Watkins Glen International
- #8 Removes In-Car Camera: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. received permission Saturday from his team's sponsor, Budweiser, to have the in-car camera system it had paid for removed from his car. Each week several teams' cars are equipped with the in-car systems. The systems are generally paid for by one or more of a team's sponsors. With the system removed, Earnhardt Jr.'s team had to add 30 pounds of weight to offset the difference. Earnhardt Jr. sought the change following Saturday's final 45-minute practice session. He said the in-car system's weight was throwing off the balance of his car on the road course. "It was enough to kind of offset the balance of the car compared to when they were here testing," said team publicist Jade Gurss. "They did have two test dates up here. The team was excited. Junior's excited. "After they put the camera system in before practice, the weight differential was enough that he didn't feel like it was balanced quite like it was before." Earnhardt Jr. qualified sixth for Sunday's Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. He was 12th fastest in Saturday's first practice and third fastest in the final practice. Gurss said Budweiser did not have a problem with the request. "The executives at Budweiser have always told the team that performance is the key," Gurss said.(ThatsRacin.com)(8-10-2003)
- Newman not happy with rescue workers response: #12-Ryan Newman qualified 13th for Sunday's Sirius at The Glen in a backup Dodge after crashing his primary car in practice Friday morning. Newman, who wound up with his car turned sideways sitting on the driver's side after it slammed thick foam barriers guarding a tire barrier off Turn 9 of the Watkins Glen course, was uninjured in the crash. Still, he was critical of the way the track's emergency team handled the crash. "I hit a rock with my helmet getting out of my car because the safety crew was about 10 minutes late getting there," he said. "It was pretty ridiculous. When they got there they didn't know what they were doing"(ThatsRacin.com)(8-9-2003)
- First Time for Morgan-McClure: For the first time in Morgan-Mcclure's 20 Year History, the team will field two Cup cats in a race by making the Sirius at the Glen at Watkins Glen International. P.J. Jones will drive th #4 Kodak Perfect Touch Processing Pontiac and Johnny Miller will drive the #04 Kodak Easy Share Pontiac. Miller qualified 32nd and Jones was 33rd. The team tested with both drivers two weeks ago at Watkins Glen. P.J. Jones has four Winston Cup starts at Watkins Glen and one Busch Series start. Johnny Miller has one Winston Cup start, which took place at Infineon Raceway in June. The entire race team was in Rochester, New York, visiting Kodak City on Thursday. The team participated in a Teamwork day, which involved learning booths, simulated pit stops and autograph sessions. Hundreds of Kodak employees were able to interact with the Kodak Racing team, while parallels in racing and manufacturing were discussed. Making a special appearance at the event was Dan Carp, CEO of Eastman Kodak.(Morgan-McClure Motorsports PR)(8-9-2003)
- Cup Drivers do ok in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250: there were a few drivers with NASCAR connections in Friday's Bully Hill Vineyards 250 at Watkins Glen International. Rick Carelli and John Metcalf picked up their first Rolex Series GTS win in the Team Re/Max Racing #05 Corvette on Friday night. The duo took a three-lap victory over the second-place Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1 of Gunnar Jeannette, Kyle Petty and Paul Newman. The Porsche was able to take second in the class despite a spin by Newman that sent the car into The Glen's foam walls and brought out a caution. The team was able to repair the car and get it back on course before the track went back to green flag conditions. Petty was the only guest NASCAR driver to earn a spot on the podium. Robby Gordon finished fifth in the Daytona Prototypes class in the Cegwa Sport #3 Toyota, and Geoffrey Bodine took seventh in the class in the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW. The Bully Hill Vineyards 250 will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, August 10 at 5:00pm/et. The overall race was won by Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber. Former Busch driver and son of Racing legend Mark Donohue, David Donohue was 2nd.(Grand American Road Racing Association Site)(8-9-2003)
- Petty to drive a Porche at the Glen: Kyle Petty will return to the Grand American Rolex Sports Cars Series at Watkins Glen International, August 7-8, driving a Porsche in the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. At the same time, the NASCAR Winston Cup Series veteran will be raising awareness for the eight Hole in the Wall Gang camps for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their families. Petty will join Gunnar Jeannette in the Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1. The car, driven by Petty to a second place finish in the GTS class in the recent Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway, will carry a special paint scheme featuring all eight Hole in the Wall Gang
camps for the 250-mile race. "Kyle joined us at the Paul Revere 250, and he liked racing in our car and asked if he could drive it again," said team owner Kevin Jeannette. "Of course we were thrilled to have him come back and join us. Because of our team's prior affiliation with Paul Newman, who founded the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, and Kyle's Victory Junction Gang Camp, I thought it would be a great idea to help promote awareness of these camps in front of the Winston Cup crowd at The Glen." Jeannette will donate his winnings from the race to the Hole in the Wall Gang camps, and plans to encourage all of the other Rolex Series teams to do the same at the Bully Hill Vineyards 250. The car will mark the first time that all eight of the Hole in the Wall Gang camps have been featured together. That number includes the Victory Junction Gang Camp near Greensboro, N.C., founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of Adam Petty, which will open in 2004. The
other camps include the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut, Boggy Creek Gang Camp in Florida, Double "H" Hole in the Woods Ranch in New York, Barretstown Gang Camp in Ireland, L'Envol in France, Painted Turtle Camp in California and Jordan River Village in Israel. Petty is no stranger to Gatorade Victory Lane at The Glen. He won the 1992 NASCAR Winston Cup Series race, and joined John Andretti in the Orbit Porsche to capture GT honors in the 2001 Bully Hill Vineyards 250. He has also competed four times the Rolex 24 At Daytona, scoring two overall finishes in the top seven driving the Orbit Racing Porsche.(Watkins Glen PR)(8-5-2003)
- P.J. Jones to drive for Morgan-McClure at The Glen: Former CART driver P.J. Jones will drive the #4 Kodak Chevrolet [actually he tested the #04 for Morgan-McClure while Johnny Miller tested the #4] this week at the road course at Watkins Glen, N.Y. He finished fourth in last year's race. Robert Pressley failed to get the car qualified for the Brickyard.(Indianapolis Star) Jones ran the #14 Foyt Racing Dodge at Sonoma in June, no idea if Larry Foyt will drive or if the team will hire another road course specialist.(8-4-2003)
- Testing at the Glen on July 28th and 29th: Many drivers are scheduled to test at Watkins Glen International in preparation for the SIRIUS at The Glen, August 10th. Fans who have purchased tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen, August 7-10, will be admitted free of charge both days. Fans should present their SIRIUS at The Glen tickets at the gate to gain free admission or pick-up a voucher at the ticket office if they have not received their event tickets. All other spectators can take in the action for only $5.00 each day at the gate. Gate 4 will be open from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. both days.
Scheduled drivers: #01-Boris Said; #09?-Scott Pruett; #1-Ron Fellows; #4-Johnny Miller; #6-Mark Martin; #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr.; #15-Michael Waltrip; #16-Greg Biffle; #17-Matt Kenseth; #18-Bobby Labonte; #24-Jeff Gordon; #31-Robby Gordon; #33-Paul Menard #40-Sterling Marlin; #41-Casey Mears; #45-Kyle Petty; #44-Christian Fittipaldi; #35-Joe Varde; #88-Dale Jarrett
Tickets for the races that weekd start at only $50 and are still available.(Watkins Glen International PR)(7-28-2003)
MONDAY Speeds: #31-Robby Gordon at 122.858mph; #16-Greg Biffle at 122.398, #6-Mark Martin at 122.347; #1-Ron Fellows at 121.823; #4-PJ Jones at 121.790; #01-Boris Said at 121.773; #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 121.655; #17-Matt Kenseth at 121.471; #24-Jeff Gordon at 121.321; Bobby Labonte at 121.204; #41-Casey Mears at 120.822, #04-Johnny Miller at 120.706; #09-Scott Pruett at 120.377; #45-Kyle Petty at 119.593; #44-Christian Fittipaldi at 119.577; #33-Paul Menard at 119.351. The track qualifying record is 122.698mph. Tickets for the event start at $50 and are still available. Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen weekend, as well as the remaining 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com. Testing concludes Tuesday and is once again open to the public.(Watkins Glen PR)(7-29-2003)
TUESDAY Speeds: The fastest speeds on Tuesday were: #6-Mark Martin at 124.051mph; #16-Greg Biffle at 123.703; #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. at 123.012; #24-Jeff Gordon at 122.978; #31-Robby Gordon at 122.858; #1-Ron Fellows at 122.671; #4-PJ Jones at 122.500; #35-Joe Varde at 122.483; #04-Johnny Miller at 122.330; #17-Matt Kenseth at 122.161; #01-Boris Said at 121.992; #44-Christian Fittipaldi at 121.924; #18-Bobby Labonte at 121.655; #41-Casey Mears at 121.655; #09-Scott Pruett at 121.655; #33-Paul Menard at 120.938; and #45-Kyle Petty at 120.657. The track qualifying record is 122.698mph. Tickets for the event start at $50 and are still available. Tickets for the SIRIUS at The Glen weekend, as well as the remaining 2003 racing season at Watkins Glen International, are now available by calling The Glen's ticket office at 607-535-2481 or online at www.theglen.com.(Watkins Glen PR)(7-30-2003)
- Maxwell to drop the hammer in the #43 at Watkins Glen UPDATE: Toronto sports car driver Scott Maxwell has been signed to drive the #43 Cheerios Dodge for Petty Enterprises at the NASCAR Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen Aug. 10. The low-key Maxwell, who has a long and distinguished career in the sports car racing world, already has tested in the legendary #43 machine at Virginia International Speedway. Another test is planned for Thursday at Road Atlanta. Maxwell's championship pedigree includes winning titles in Formula Vee (1984), Ontario Formula Ford 1600 (1985 and 1986), Showroom Stock (1992 and 1993) and GARRA Cup GSI (2002). The highlight for Maxwell's career, however, came at Le Mans in 2000 when he took victory in the LMP 675 class for Multimatic Motorsports with John Graham and Greg Wilkins. Maxwell's other major sports car triumphs include winning the LMP 675 class at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2001 as well as the Daytona Prototype victory at this year's Daytona 24 Hour.(Toronto Sun), more info about Maxwell, see his bio at the panozmotorsports.com site.(7-29-2003)
AND see more at Inside Track News.(7-30-2003)
- Morgan-McClure Plans for next three races UPDATE:
Pocono: the team has filed two entries for the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway [#04 and #4 Kodak Pontiacs] but since David Reutimann didn't make the Cup race at New Hampshire [qualifying rained out and no attempts] and didn't get to test as planned at Pocono Raceway last week, team owner Larry McClure said, "I think we might enter David in the ARCA race at Pocono," McClure said. "I don't think it would be fair to put him in a Cup car there, when he's never seen the place and would be making his first Winston Cup start. We may ask Brett Bodine to qualify our Winston Cup car and race it."
Indianapolis: After that, McClure expects to run Reutimann in the SIRIUS at The Glen at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the driver was impressive in a test session last week. "At Indy we're going to run two cars, David and somebody else," McClure said. "Right now we hope it will be Robert Pressley."
Watkins Glen: Then, McClure said he would again use Tennessean Johnny Miller, who ran for the team at Infineon Raceway, at Watkins Glen International.(more notes at NASCAR.com)(7-21-2003)
UPDATE Bodine in for Pocono: Morgan-McClure Motorsports will use Winston Cup veteran Brett Bodine as driver of its #4 Kodak Pontiac this weekend at Pocono Raceway. The 44-year old Chemung, N.Y.-native has one win which came at North Wilkesboro in 1990, 16 top-fives, 61 top-10s and five poles to his credit. In addition to the Winston Cup event, Morgan-McClure will also enter the ARCA race at Pocono with the #4 Kodak ARCA car and Busch Series driver David Reutimann. Reutimann, whose Winston Cup debut got rained out last Friday at New Hampshire, will gain valuable seat time at the 2.5-mile track. "The team is happy to have Brett Bodine drive the Kodak Pontiac at Pocono. Brett and I have known each other for a long time. He is one of the hardest working drivers and owners in the Winston Cup garage," said team owner, Larry McClure. "We are looking forward to going to Pocono with David in the ARCA car as well. We hope to build on last week’s momentum." Bodine is looking forward to his first race since he was injured in a practice session last month at Michigan. "I am looking forward to racing with Larry, Chris and all of the Morgan-McClure crew at Pocono. It will be my first race back since the accident. The doctors did a great job on the shoulder surgery and rehabilitation has been good," Bodine said. "It was way ahead of schedule and the doctor cleared me to race. I tested at Indy last week and the shoulder felt great, as a matter of fact the right shoulder feels stronger than the left."(ThatsRacin.com)(7-22-2003)
- Boris Said in the #01 at Sonoma? UPDATE 3 and Watkins Glen: Rumors are that Boris Said will be in the #01 US Army Pontiac at Infineon Raceway, since he's known as a road racing specialist and has worked with Ryan Pemberton in years past [with Jasper Motorsports]. Currently Said is serving a 45 day suspension in the Trans-Am Series.(Insider Racing News)(5-26-2003)
UPDATE: Boris Said, the road racing specialist, will run for the #01 US Army team in two weeks at Sears Point and will test next week. Mike Wallace is currently in the car.(Winston Salem Journal)(6-2-2003)
UPDATE 2: Road course specialist Boris Said has been named by MB2 Motorsports to drive the #01 U.S. Army Pontiac in the June 22 NASCAR Winston Cup race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA. Said, 40, will be substituting for Jerry Nadeau, who is recovering from injuries sustained in a May 2 accident at Richmond (Va.) International Raceway. Mike Wallace, who has been the team's substitute driver, will continue in the same role at the oval races. One of the leading national and international sports car drivers, Said has competed in seven career Winston Cup races. Six of his seven starts have come at NASCAR's two road courses -- Infineon Raceway (2000, 2001, 2002) and Watkins Glen (1999, 2001, 2002). His other start was at Homestead Miami Speedway in 1999. Said, of Carlsbad, Calif., has enjoyed success at Infineon Raceway. As a NASCAR driver, he finished 11th in the 2001 Winston Cup race and won the 1998 Craftsman Truck event. As a sports car racer in the American Le Mans Series, he won at Infineon in 2000 and was runner-up in 2001. Said, the 2002 Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) Trans Am Series champion (eight wins in 11 races), is scheduled to test the U.S. Army road course car June 9 at Virginia International Raceway.(US Army PR)(6-5-2003)
UPDATE: Said tested the car recently at Watkins Glen and will run the race.(8-3-2003)
- Fellows to run #1 at road courses UPDATE: Jeff Green said Ron Fellows will race the #1 car at both road course events, Infineon Raceway and Watkins Glen. Green said he was a bit disappointed, but understands the decision. He will still travel with the team to help in any way he can. Fellows was slated to run a 4th DEI car, #81.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Pass)(5-8-2003)
UPDATE: DEI will take Ron Fellows out of the Chance 2 Racing #81 Chevy and put him into the #1 Pennzoil Chevy for Cup races at Sonoma, CA, and Watkins Glen. The change is the latest fallout in the the wake of the firing of Steve Park and the hiring of Jeff Green on the #1 team two weeks ago. Green, who was released from the #30 RCR team the same weekend as Park's DEI firing, has little road-racing experience in Winston Cup. Fellows already has tested in the #1 car on a road course in Indiana last week with crew chief Tony Gibson and engineers from DEI in attendance. When Fellows made his deal with DEI earlier this year, plans were for him to drive the #81 entry --co-owned by Dale Earnhardt Jr. and his step-mother Teresa Earnhardt -- on both Cup road courses. But when DEI and Park parted ways the team was left without its top road racer. Park is a past winner at Watkins Glen. "The plan for DEI to field a fourth car for me has changed a little bit," Fellows said. "We went to Infineon Raceway (Sonoma) with two brand new cars and the tests were great." Fellows bettered the California track record by four-tenths of a second. Next on the schedule for Fellows, however, is a trip to France to defend his back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans GTS class titles with the factory Corvette C5-R team.(Toronto Sun)(5-19-2003)
- See the 2003 Team Chart which has links to past news for each team and info on each team.
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- Robby Gordon scheme UPDATE 2: #31-Robby Gordon will run a special Cingular FDNY paint scheme in August at Watkins Glen.(4-25-2003)
UPDATE: Robby Gordon, Richard Childress Racing (RCR) and the #31 race team will field a race car at Watkins Glen, lauding some everyday heroes -- New York City Fire Department (FDNY) personnel and Special Olympics athletes. Gordon’s #31 Cingular Wireless Chevy will incorporate an FDNY/Special Olympics paint scheme, designed to celebrate each organization’s commitment to service and personal heroics. For years, FDNY and Cingular Wireless have been ardent supporters of the Special Olympics, which promotes training and athletic competition in a variety of sports for individuals with mental retardation. Special Olympics provides opportunities for participants to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy by sharing their athletic skills in an enriching environment. Members of the FDNY community proudly contribute their time to various Special Olympics events, providing equipment set-up and support at athletic events.(Robby Gordon site)(5-6-2003)
UPDATE 2: Robby Gordon on Monday unveiled a special paint scheme for Richard Childress Racing’s No. 31 Chevrolet that will promote the Fire Department of New York and the Special Olympics in the Aug. 10 Winston Cup race at Watkins Glen International. With traffic temporarily stopped, Gordon drove the race car onto Second Avenue at 29th Street and turned donuts in the street. The car’s primary sponsor, Cingular Wireless, will donate $50 to the Special Olympics and $50 to FDNY for each lap Gordon completes at Watkins Glen and $500 to each organization for each lap Gordon leads. If Gordon takes the checkered flag, Cingular will donate $50,000 to each organization.(RCR PR) see image of car on my Paint Schemes Gallery.(7-22-2003)
- Yankee's Scheme UPDATE: hearing Christian Fittipaldi will run a New York Yankees scheme Winston Cup car at Watkins Glen with the #44 Petty Dodge.(2-20-2003)
UPDATE: see an image of the car on my 2003 Cup page.(4-1-2003)
- Air Force Schemes for the #21: hearing that the #21 Wood Brothers Ford with Ricky Rudd driving will have three Air Force Primary paint schemes in 2003. They will run at Lowe's Motor Speedway in May, Watkins Glen in August and Dover in September.(12-26-2002)
- More Paint Scheme news can be found on Paint Schemes Gallery
SOME NOTES and NEWS
- Road Course Victories: Jeff Gordon is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] wins with seven. Tied for 2nd is Ricky Rudd, Rusty Wallace, Richard Petty and Bobby Allison with six in 104 road course races. 44 drivers have won a road course race.(6-24-2003)
- Road Course Poles: Darrell Waltrip is the all-time series lead for road course [including the 11 Daytona beach courses] pole wins with nine. Terry Labonte and David Pearson both have eight, and Richard Petty and Ricky Rudd have six in 102 road course qualifying runs, two had no qualifyings [rain/weather]. 42 drivers have won road course poles.(6-24-2003)
- Did ya know? 25 of all the 93 Winston Cup road course races [NOT including the 11 Daytona beach courses] have been won from the pole - 26.9%; Lowest start of a Sonoma winner: 13th by Davey Allison, 1991; The winner of the Dodge/Save Mart 350 has gone on to win the championship once in the last 12 seasons (1998-Jeff Gordon); Chevrolet has the most road course wins in NASCAR Winston Cup - 31 road course wins, 29 in the Modern Era, Ford has 29, 14 of which have been in the Modern Era (1972 to present).(6-25-2003)
- NASCAR to require Cup, Busch, Truck teams to add fuel cell area fire extinuisher: NASCAR officials announced today that all vehicles in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series will require an additional fire-extinguishing cylinder solely dedicated to the fuel cell area, effective Aug. 13 but recommended immediately. An automatic, thermally activated discharge nozzle recommended by the manufacturer for this application must activate the cylinder, which is required to be made of DOT-approved metal. The automatic system may have a manual and/or pneumatic override from the driver-activated system. The cylinder must be mounted in the driver's compartment and will attach to a steel bracket welded to the frame and/or roll cage of the vehicle. When discharged, the extinguisher releases Halon in the area of the fire. Halon, a proven and extremely effective fire suppressant, is a liquefied compressed gas that stops the spread of fire by chemically disrupting combustion. A minimum of 10 pounds of fire extinguishing agent is required in the cylinder for the fuel cell area. In addition to the fire extinguisher cylinder being added for the fuel cell area, NASCAR has enhanced its requirements and specifications for the current on-board driver protection system as well as the fuel cell vent area. The cockpit extinguisher, a manually controlled push or pull knob that activates a fully charged fire-extinguishing pressurized cylinder, now must contain a minimum of five pounds of extinguishing agent. Should the cylinder also be used for fire extinguishing in the engine compartment, it must contain a minimum of 10 pounds of extinguishing agent. The cylinder also must be securely mounted to the frame and/or roll cage, and hose clamps, worm drive clamps and cable ties are not permitted. In addition, all discharge lines and fittings for the cylinders must be steel or steel-reinforced hose although the nozzles may remain aluminum. A maximum length for the neck of the fuel cell check valve vent hose has been set at three inches. By limiting length, it will make the component more impact resistant. The neck connects the fuel cell to the fuel cell vent hose and is located inside the trunk area of the vehicle. To accommodate the maximum neck length standard, fuel cell vent hoses will increase in length from 60 inches to a maximum of 66 inches.(NASCAR PR)(7-30-2003)
- New Gas Can Rule: Beginning with the July 13 race at Chicagoland Speedway, NASCAR will prohibit teams from throwing or tossing gas cans or gas catch cans over the pit wall during a pit stop. The change was announced in Sunday's prerace drivers' meeting.
If a violation happens under caution, the driver will have to restart at the end of the longest line. If it occurs under green-flag conditions, the driver must return to pit road to serve a 15-second penalty. The change is being made to reduce the liklihood of gas spills during pit stops.(ThatsRacin.com)(6-22-2003)
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