Pontiac Daytona Prototype Ready for the Race at the Glen

by : Zeke Gervis

Pontiac Daytona Prototype (DP) and GT teams are preparing for the second distance race of the season---the Sahlen's Six hours at the Glen and the round six of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve which will be run on June 9, 2007, Saturday.

The Watkins Glen International raceway is considered to be historic with a 3.4-mile layout and 11 turns, it the third longest race on the Rolex Series schedule. The six-hour race will feature both GT and DP cars racing together for the first time in Mexico City.

With the DP, Pontiac the maker of high quality has been able to maintain a perfect pole qualifying streak for 2007. The top starting position has been dominated by Pontiac power, three teams, and four drivers. Colin Braun driving the No. 75 Krohn Racing Pontiac Riley has taken the pole in Mexico City and also at Virginia International Raceway.

Jan Magnussen driver of the No. 10 Sun Trust entry has obtained the top spot at Homestead. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty in the GAINSCO Pontiac have gotten two point starts to their credit, one at the Rolex 24 while the second at Laguna Seca.

Gurney and Fogarty are hoping to get their second win on the season with the first coming at Mexico City. The California duo have been heading the field all season and consistently qualifying at either first or second in every race so far.

The No.10 SunTrust Wayne Taylor Racing team will have a new driver to join the fold at the Glen. Jonathan Cochet is a Frenchman and will share duties with seasoned veteran Max Angelelli. Cochet will contribute a wealth of open-wheel experience as well as some DP driving miles to the SunTrust camp for this weekend's race.

Currently the Khron Racing team is the defending six-hour winners from last year. Colin Braun was not able to participate last year since the track includes cigarette marketing contracts and prohibited minor drivers from joining the race. But Braun is now 18 years old and with Pontiac power and teammate Max Papis, the youngster believes that they have better chance to win this season.

The No.91 Riley-Mathews Motorsports Pontiac Riley that was driven by Jim Mathews and Marc Goosens is looking to be a factor in the race this weekend. The duo has improved tremendously with every race that they have joined and are now eyeing for a top finish.

For the No. 06 Pontiac GXP.R, Andy Pilgrim will join Tim Lewis Jr. and Leighton Reese at the Glen. All three drivers are fresh from a win last week with Reese and Lewis Jr. victorious at Lime Rock while Pilgrim won at Charlotte in Cadillac CTSV World Challenge car.

Paul Edwards and Kelly Collins currently sit third in the GT driver point standings. The duo has been fast all year and has led significant laps in the last two events at Lime Rock and Laguna Seca. They will bring the No. 07 Banner Pontiac GXP.R to the Glen and hopes to obtain their first win on the season.

The Six Hours of the Glen will start on Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 AM and will be televised on SPEED Channel in two segments. The first segment will start at 11:00 AM EDT while the second part will rejoin the action at 2:30 PM until the finish of the race.