IndyCar gears up for Fourth of July affair at Watkins Glen

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IndyCar gears up for Fourth of July affair at Watkins Glen

Post  junkman on Thu Jul 01, 2010 8:25 am

Watkins Glen, NY (Sports Network) - Series: IZOD IndyCar. Date: Sunday, July 4. Race: Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen. Site: Watkins Glen International. Track: 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course. Start Time: 3:30 p.m. (et). Laps: 60. Miles: 204. 2009 winner: Justin Wilson. Television: ABC. Radio: IMS Radio Network/SIRIUS XM Satellite.
Watkins Glen International kicks off five consecutive street/road course races for the IZOD IndyCar Series.
The series will run in the Canadian cities of Toronto and Edmonton before returning to the United States for Mid-Ohio and Sonoma, CA.
The next IndyCar oval event is scheduled for August 28 at Chicagoland.
After a fourth-place finish two weeks ago at Iowa, Will Power from Penske Racing reclaimed the championship points lead.
Power holds an 11-point advantage over Target Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Dixon, while Dixon's teammate, Dario Franchitti, dropped to third in points (-14) after his disappointing 18th-place finish at Iowa. Franchitti led the most laps with 69, but suffered a gear-box issue late in the race, which put the defending series champion 36 laps behind.
Power won two of the first four street/road course races this year. He kicked off the season with back-to-back victories at Sao Paulo, Brazil and St. Petersburg, FL.
Ryan Hunter-Reay from Andretti Autosport won the most recent street/road course event held in April at Long Beach, CA. Hunter-Reay's first win in the series came two years ago at Watkins Glen. He drove for the now-defunct Rahal Letterman Racing team at the time.
Last year at Watkins Glen, Justin Wilson put on a dominating performance and easily held off Ryan Briscoe and Dixon in the final laps for the win. Wilson not only scored his second career IndyCar victory, but also gave Dale Coyne Racing its first win in open-wheel competition.
"I think it's one of the best tracks in the world," Wilson said. "Having won there last year I'm going to say that, but it's just a great, fun track. There are a lot of fast corners, and it hasn't lost any of its character with the safety improvements. That's key. When you come out of those fifth-and-fourth gear corners, you know when you've got it right." One year ago, Wilson became the first non-Ganassi or Penske driver to win an IndyCar race since his victory at Detroit in August 2008 when he drove for Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing.
He is now behind the wheel of the No.22 car for Dreyer and Reinbold Racing.
"I'm focused on this year, hoping we can go back there and be as competitive," said Wilson, who currently sits eighth in points. "It's a different team, but I want to get back that same level of competition. Hopefully we can work it all out and repeat." Wilson had three top-10 finishes, including two second-place runs, in the four early season street/road course races. He also has started on the outside pole in the last two Watkins Glen races.
Canadian Paul Tracy will be Wilson's teammate at Watkins Glen. Tracy is substituting for the injured Mike Conway in the No.24 Dreyer and Reinbold car. Conway continues to recover from injuries he sustained in a horrifying crash during the final lap of the May 30 Indianapolis 500.
Tracy previously announced that he would drive in the two upcoming Canadian races.
"It's obviously a good feeling to get more races, especially being able to race at The Glen and building up momentum before going into the Canadian events," Tracy said.
Twenty-five teams are on the preliminary entry list for the Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen.

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Re: IndyCar gears up for Fourth of July affair at Watkins Glen

Post  crazytrain on Thu Jul 01, 2010 10:20 am

Iron Head!..................What you think on this one pal?

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