Retail

Michelin returns to Watkins Glen in style

Posted on June 30, 2014
Corvette Racing won the GTLM class at Watkins Glen.

Corvette Racing won the GTLM class at Watkins Glen.

Michelin made a highly successful return to Watkins Glen International today as Michelin technical partner teams from Corvette Racing, Dodge Viper SRT, Porsche North America, BMW Team RLL and Risi Competizione Ferrari combined to take the top eight places in the fiercely competitive GTLM class in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen, a major event on the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule.

A hot, steamy day with temperatures approaching 90 degrees and track temperatures of 115 degrees, made for a slick track surface, which combined with the deep 53 car field and tight competition had drivers intensely focused for the entire six-hour race on the fast 3.4 mile, 11 turn circuit that features two sets of 140 foot elevation changes each lap.

Taking the GTLM victory, its third consecutive TUDOR Championship win, was the new No.3 Corvette Racing C7.R driven by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, who led much of the race and then held off the challenge of the No.93 Dodge Viper of Marc Goossens and Dominik Farnbacher on a final restart with one lap remaining. They were followed by their respective teammates; Dodge Viper’s Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer in third and Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in fourth.

Michelin Comment:
“To return to Watkins Glen for the first time in 15 years and see all of our technical partners run so well in difficult conditions is very satisfying for our teams and drivers and for our Michelin engineers, tire developers and staff,” said Ken Payne, technical director, motorsports, Michelin North America. “Our five manufacturer partner teams all turned best laps within an incredibly tight 37 hundredths (0.37) of a second range. To be that close on times on a 105 second lap of a very technical course is amazing,” said Payne.

Related Topics: Michelin, Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Watkins Glen International

Comments ( 0 )
More Stories
Video TIA Focuses on Tire Inflation in Latest Safety Video

The Tire Industry Association (TIA) released a new video during National Tire Safety Week. 'Tire Safety Starts With Inflation' is the latest installment in a series of consumer education videos.

More than 50 people attended the Dayco YANG Regional Meet-Up held recently in Farmington Hills, Mich.
News Dayco Holds Regional Meeting for Young Auto Care Network Group

Dayco Products LLC helped kick-off Northwood University’s Aftermarket 101 course last week by hosting a Young Auto Care Network Group (YANG) regional meeting attended by nearly 50 aftermarket professionals.

(Left to right): Rusty Bishop, CEO, Federated Auto Parts; Michael Cardone III, executive chairman, Cardone Industries; and Bo Fisher, chairman, Federated Auto Parts.
News Federated Inducts Michael Cardone Jr. into Vendor Hall of Fame

Michael Cardone Jr., co-founder of Cardone Industries, has been inducted into the Federated Auto Parts Vendor Hall of Fame.

Be the First to Know

Get the latest news and most popular articles from MTD delivered straight to your inbox. Stay on top of the tire industry and don't miss a thing!