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Barbosa Holds Off Gurney To Win At The Glen

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 1 2012

Joao Barbosa in an Action Express Racing Corvette DP car passed the GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Corvette driven by Alex Gurney with six and a half minutes to go, held off Gurney during the final two minutes and won the Six Hours of The Glen GRAND-AM Series race at Watkins Glen on Sunday.

The margin of victory was .23 seconds.

Co-driving the winning car was Darren Law.

Sharing the wheel with Gurney in the “Red Dragon” was Jon Fogarty.

Finishing third in the DP class was the Starworks Motorsports Ford Riley being driven in the final stint by Sebastien Bourdais.

Fourth was Chip Ganassi Racing BMW Riley driven by Scott Pruett.

In the GT class, Robin Liddell in his Stevenson Motorsports Camaro pulled away from the Turner Motorsports BMW of Bill Auberlen to get the victory.

The win gave Action Express Racing the lead in the inaugural three-race North American Endurance Championship presented by VISITFLORIDA.com by two points over Starworks Motorsports, 28-26. GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing is tied with Michael Shank Racing for fourth with 24 points. TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sebates is third with 25 points to round out the top five. The first endurance event was the Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona, the second was the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen; leaving only the July 27 Brickyard Grand Prix at Indianapolis to crown the winner with a $100,000 prize.

Stevenson took over the lead in the GT class with 29 points, five ahead of Magnus Racing (Porsche GT3 Cup) in second place.

“It was a great day today for Chevrolet in both classes,” said Jim Lutz, Chevrolet Racing Road Racing Program Manager, ‘and congratulations go out to Action Express Racing, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and Stevenson Motorsports. The Six Hours of the Glen is always an exciting and challenging race for our teams in both Daytona Prototype (DP) and Grand Touring (GT), and today’s race was no exception. There is always drama (laughs) during the six hours. The No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette DP had electric power steering issues that the team was able to work around and still hold off the field for a solid second place finish. And in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT was able to beat several strong cars, which demonstrated their great execution with no errors to go the distance. We’re very pleased with the winning results of all our Team Chevy efforts in both classes.

“Chevrolet is in contention for the North American Endurance Championship as well, which would be something special to win. We’re going to catch a quick breath now before going to Indianapolis. The schedule has been so busy that the teams really haven’t been able to do their normal shop tear-down and prep, so it’s been a test of human endurance as well. But we’re up for the challenge, and are looking forward to going to the next three-hour sprint race at Indianapolis.”

John Edwards and Matt Bell continued their charge in Saturday’s Continental Tire 150 – Continental Sports Car Challenge at The Glen, with a fourth place finish in the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GS.R; and Tim Bell and Gunter Schaldach placed seventh in their No. 6 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro GS.R.

Next stop on the Road Racing tour will be its inaugural visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27, 2012.

Info Manager | , RacinToday.com Sunday, July 1 2012
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