Last Sunday at Watkins Glen the Grand American Road Racing Association held round five of the Rolex Sports Car Series. It was the second straight six hour race on our schedule, which puts a lot of demands on the crew, car and drivers, but Orbit Racing arrived prepared for the task.
We were racing the #44 Orbit Racing Porsche in the GT class and I shared the driving duties with Joe and Jay Policastro. The weather looked a little sketchy when I arrived on Thursday night. There was a media event including a go-kart race at a nearby kart track and the rain was so heavy that the race was red flagged before the halfway mark.
PRACTICE AND QUALIFYING
Friday morning we had an hour and a half practice session. We were intending to try and get all three drivers in the car as well as get some set-up work done on the Porsche. We arrived at Watkins Glen with a new spring package so we needed to spend some time tuning the car to the changes. Unfortunately, a lot of the other cars had encounters with the various gravel traps and barriers around the circuit so most of the session was red flagged. None of us ended up in the car for many laps. I got three, and managed a 1:57.6, which put us fifth or sixth in GT.
About the only useful information we were able to glean from the first session was that the gears were way too long. We decided to shorten third through sixth gears, but there wasn't time to make the change prior to the next session, so it would have to wait until Friday night.