Turner in search of extra success on the Glen
One of many favourite tracks of many drivers on the SRO Motorsports America calendar, Watkins Glen will as soon as once more host Fanatec GT World Problem America Introduced by AWS, Pirelli GT4 America and Touring Automotive America, together with the brand new GT America collection, after a 12 months’s hiatus.
If there’s a workforce with extra momentum than Turner Motorsports coming into the race, we don’t know who that’s. Michael Dinan and Robby Foley have come off their first win within the Professional class of GT World Problem America at Highway America three weeks in the past, and are actually tied in factors with Ok-PAX’s Corey Lewis and Giovanni Venturini. Plus, the observe tends to be a spot the place Turner’s BMW M6 does properly, and Foley together with Invoice Auberlen and Aidan Learn received the Sahlen’s 6 Hours on the Glen IMSA WeatherTech Championship race in June.
“Traditionally the M6 has all the time been fairly robust there,” says Foley. “We had take a look at there as properly. The factor this 12 months is studying the Pirelli tire – it’s very totally different from the Michelin we race on in IMSA. Now I believe we’re in window, and discovering setup to make the most of the place the automotive is powerful. We have a tendency to like high-speed, flowing tracks, so Watkins Glen ought to be nice for us.”
The Glen has some quick corners the place drivers crave downforce. But it surely additionally has some lengthy straights the place all that downforce will hinder the automotive’s final velocity. That, says Foley, is a key take a look at that the observe presents.
“I believe you’re all the time balancing how a lot aero you run for efficiency within the corners versus prime velocity,” he explains.
“Traditionally, Watkins Glen, you’d name it high-downforce observe as a result of you’ve gotten a variety of high-speed corners. But in addition you’ve gotten a long term from Flip 1 to the Bus Cease. For us, the Esses are flat out, so it’s mainly a straightaway. So that you’re all the time balancing how a lot aero do you need to run versus drag. That’s the most important problem, I believe. You by no means actually go gradual there; it’s mid-speed or high-speed corners So it’s, would you like extra excessive velocity, or extra downforce?”
Each of the tied-for-second-in-points groups have an extended technique to go to catch Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper within the Ok-PAX Lamborghini, and solely 5 rounds by which to do it. However the battle for second within the Professional class is definitely heating up, with Winward Racing’s Russell Ward not far behind.
In GT4 America, essentially the most fascinating factors battle is within the Silver class. Murillo Racing’s Kenny Murillo and Christian Szymczak both end first or second within the No. 72 Mercedes AMG, or out of the factors fully. That’s saved Group TFB’s Tim Barber and Cole Ciraulo within the hunt, 32 factors behind Murillo Racing’s 136. That’s greater than a win’s price, however the Glen couldn’t definitely tighten issues up.
Eric Powell had weekend within the Skip Barber Racing College Honda Civic Sort-R at Highway America, and the place he and final 12 months’s TCA champion Kevin Boehm, within the CrowdStrike Civic Sort-R, had been neck-and-neck, Powell now leads the championship by 21.5 factors. Austen Smith, in an AutoTechnic BMW 240iR, scored his first win at Highway America to shut as much as Boehm.
All qualifying classes and races of every collection at Watkins Glen shall be streamed dwell on the GTWorld YouTube channel, with audio simulcasts on SiriusXM Satellite tv for pc Radio channel 392 (992 on the net app). CBS Sports activities Community dwell programming begins Sunday at 1:00 pm EDT.