Few tracks are requested as often by racing fans as Watkins Glen. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about Formula One or Barbie Jeep racing, people want to see it on Watkins Glen. Today, IndyCar fans got their wish: the series will return to upstate New York’s blue barrier’d behemoth on Labor Day weekend.
If there’s one thing I love, it’s a good celebratory burnout. Joey Logano won the second NASCAR race of the weekend today after Kevin Harvick ran out of fuel in the lead. Logano clearly had the better fuel strategy, as he had enough left to pop a tire and start a fire doing burnouts after the checkered flag.
Red flags are a bummer. Having a one-on-one conversation with your favorite driver, not so much. This dude isn’t crazy. He’s smart. (Well, until NASCAR chases him off, whatever.)
Denny Hamlin’s hood flew off early in the Watkins Glen NASCAR Sprint Cup race and gave us the best image of the year so far: a crew member running through the pits with a replacement hood. Run for it, dude. Run like your life depends on it.
Kenny Habul’s flaming car caused a red flag towards the end of today’s NASCAR Xfinity Zippo 200. Driving into the pit lane after that kind of hit (at a race sponsored by lighters, no less) around all the fuel and such proves that your car is tough, sure, but doesn’t seem like the best idea.
I often get stuck in the trap of “I am here for a race weekend!” and don’t get to see much beyond the track itself and where I’m staying. I might make it to the local Denny’s at 1 a.m., but that’s about it. Do not fall into that trap with Watkins Glen. You will regret it and kick yourself until you can go back.
I don’t think the Florida tourism folks could have paid for a more perfect ad than the one they got today. Everyone toughing it out at the 6 Hours of the Glen in New York is freezing their nuts off in the unseasonably cold rain, and Richard Westbrook just drove their Florida-branded car to a win here today.
Standing water forced United SportsCar to red-flag today’s 6 Hours of The Glen for a brief period. In the meantime, drivers were huddling in their cars on pit lane, trying to stay warm.
If there’s one thing a rear-engined car is simply marvelous at, it’s turning into a spin machine when something goes wrong. Here’s the synchronized spinning from yesterday’s Porsche GT3 Cup race at Watkins Glen.
Mazda originally planned to test out its gas engine in the number 70 car this weekend, but we never really saw that car. It hasn’t been out setting times or doing much of anything. Simply put, it’s not ready for primetime yet, so they’re sticking to the number 07 diesel for now.
Today’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race was briefly red-flagged for wet conditions. How wet was it? Here’s a tractor attempting in vain to fling water over the barrier.
If there’s anyone who needs the Jalopnik bump for a race that will probably be cold, wet and miserable tomorrow, it’s a car driven by a pair of Texans. Look out for the Murillo Racing Cayman in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race this weekend at Watkins Glen.
I’m off to one of the most historic race tracks in America for the third round of the North American Endurance Cup: the 6 Hours of the Glen. Watkins Glen is one of the toughest, most unforgiving circuits on the United SportsCar schedule, and we’ll see who wins—and who eats the pastel blue wall.
NASCAR has recently announced its new rule package for 2015, which - among many - includes rain tires and all sorts of accessories to be deployed in case of wet conditions at road courses. Sounds great on the surface, but the ultimate question is: why?
Because he's 18, we've hidden all the beer in our RV from Trent Hindman, the series-leading Fall-Line Motorsports BMW in the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship. Ask him anything you want about racing, the Skyactiv lifestyle and, I don't know, Snapchat? He's 18!
If you're anywhere in the U.S. watching Audis take the checkered flag, you'll probably find Brad Kettler and his crew. We caught up with him over breakfast to get a preview for today's Tudor USCC Six-Hour race at Watkins Glen, which starts at 11:15 AM this morning, to get a preview of the race.
It's very difficult, but you can do it! The Viper T/A is also extremely quick so my handwriting is a little sloppy.