This was the Rolex Series’ second of three visits to The Glen this year, and this outing was a 75-lap sprint race over the 2.45mi “short course,” the same configuration that the NASCAR Nextel Cup and Busch series use.
Angelelli took over from
Gurney, the spitting-image son of legendary Dan, put a paint-trading pass on Pruett a lap later, and did an outstanding job after taking over early in the race from teammate Stallings. The duo, in just their fourth series race, started 21st. The No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Riley/Pontiac of Jorg Bergmeister/Christian Fittipaldi finished third, with Pruett/Diaz fourth and the No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac/Crawford of Butch Leitzinger/Elliott Forbes-Robinson fifth.
The No. 2 Pontiac/Crawford of Jan Lammers/Milka Duno, the No. 02 Ganassi Lexus/Riley of Stefan Johansson/Cort Wagner, the No. 58 Brumos Fabcar/Porsche of David Donohue/Darren Law, the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Pontiac/Riley of Mike Borkowski/Kenny Wilden and the polesitting No. 77 Doran Racing Doran/Ford of Fabrizio Gollin/Matteo Bobbi completed the top 10.
Other notables included the No. 44 Doran Labonte Racing Pontiac/Doran of Bobby and Terry Labonte finished 14th, the Team Tuttle Racing Pontiac/Riley of Kyle Petty/Tim Tuttle finished 32nd and the No. 20 Pontiac/Crawford of Tony Stewart/Andy Wallace finished 37th, the latter two suffering off-course excursions and, in the case of Stewart/Wallace, a broken right-front suspension.
In the GT class the No. 64 TRG Pontiac GTO.R claimed its first series win at the hands of Jan Magnussen/Paul Edwards in only the car’s second series start. Magnussen took over from Edwards midrace and held off the class polesitting No. 16 Prototype Technology Group BMW M3 of Justin Marks/Joey Hand to finish 19th overall by just 0.285sec. The No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of Spencer Pumpelly/John Littlechild finished third in class.
The series heads to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in two weeks.
Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Top Five:
1) Wayne Taylor/Max Angelelli, No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac/Riley, 75 laps
2) Alex Gurney/Bob Stallings, No. 99 Blackhawk Racing Riley/Pontiac, -0.722sec
3) Jorg Bergmeister/Christian Fittipaldi, No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Riley/Pontiac, -1.865sec
4) Scott Pruett/Luis Diaz, No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus/Riley, -2.697sec
5) Butch Leitzinger/Elliott Forbes-Robinson, No. 4 Howard-Boss Motorsports Pontiac/Crawford, -3.097sec
NHRA: Kalitta, Medlen and KJ Win at Brainerd
The NHRA’s Powerade Drag Racing Series visited Minnesota’s Brainerd International Raceway this weekend, and Doug Kalitta scored his fifth Top Fuel win of the year and his second in as many events, while Eric Medlen defeated his boss John Force to win his second Funny Car final in three outings and Kurt Johnson put a whuppin’ on Greg Stanfield to claim his 31st career Pro Stock win.
After a first-round defeat of Jack Beckman, Kalitta survived a second-round face-off with defending champ Tony Schumacher to propel him toward the finals rounds. He beat Brandon Bernstein to get to the final, and despite having the less-favorable lane against Dixon, won with a 4.593sec/325.92mph clocking when Dixon smoked his tires and struggled to a 6.799/119.62 result. Dixon had beaten Melanie Troxel, Dave Grubnic and Doug Herbert.
In Funny Car, Medlen had the intimidating task of facing off against his boss in the final round for the first time. Medlen put a .100-to-.151 holeshot on the legendary Force and beat him 4.826/315.42 to 4.787/321.12. On his way to facing down Force, Medlen marched past Phil Burkart, Tony Pedregon and Ron Capps, while Force defeated Gary Densham, Del Worsham and Tommy Johnson Jr. In typical Force fashion, the first thing he said to Medlen after exiting his car was, “You’re fired!” He was kidding, of course (we think).
Johnson was way too tough for Stanfield in the Pro Stock final, getting the holeshot by a thousandth and rocketing away to a carlength lead at the line, 6.726/204.57 to 6.778/203.71. It was the third consecutive final-round appearance for KJ, who beat Ken Koretsky and Dave Howard before facing points leader and two-time defending series champ Greg Anderson in the third round. Anderson broke, and KJ was on to the final against Stanfield, who beat Rickie Smith, Vieri Gaines and Warren Johnson to make it to his first final-round appearance.
The series heads back south to Memphis Motorsports Park next weekend.
NHRA Final Round Results:
1) Doug Kalitta, MAC Tools Dragster, 4.593sec/325.92mph
2) Larry Dixon, Miller Lite Dragster, 6.799sec/119.62mph
1) Eric Medlen, Castrol Syntec Ford Mustang, 4.826sec/315.42mph
2) John Force, Castrol GTX Ford Mustang, 4.787sec/321.12mph
1) Kurt Johnson, AC Delco Chevrolet Cobalt, 6.726sec/204.57mph
2) Greg Stanfield, Piranaz Racing Chevrolet Cavalier, 6.778sec/203.71mph
Racing on TV This Week (all times ET):
6:00 am, Speed: Formula 1 Grand Prix of Turkey qualifying, Istanbul
10:00 am, Speed: NASCAR Busch Series qualifying, Michigan International Raceway
1:00 pm, TNT: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series qualifying, Michigan International Raceway
3:00 pm, TNT: NASCAR Busch Series race, Michigan International Raceway
6:00 pm, espn2: NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series qualifying, Memphis Motorsports Park
7:30 am, Speed: Formula 1 Grand Prix of Turkey, Istanbul
2:00 pm, TNT: NASCAR Nextel Cup Series race, Michigan International Raceway
3:00 pm, Speed: American Le Mans Series race, Road America
3:30 pm, ABC: IRL IndyCar Series race, Pikes Peak International Raceway
10:00 pm, espn2: NHRA Powerade Drag Racing Series finals, Memphis Motorsports Park