Chevrolet has done it once again, beating out the competition to take its seventh win in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand-Am Rolex series over the weekend. But DP wasn’t the only class Chevy took. The American automaker also scored its second win and fifth top three finish in the Grand Touring class as well. With just five races left, it looks like Chevrolet may have just secured its manufacturer’s championship.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen race held at Watkins Glen International in New York proved to be a battle of the Chevy brand for most of the competition. From hour one, the No. 9 Action Express Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa had taken the lead, followed by the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP driven by Jon Fogarty in third. Hour one also proved to be successful for the No. 57 (driven by Robin Liddell) and No. 75 (driven by Corvette Racing’s Jordon Taylor) Stevenson Auto Group Camaro GT.Rs who took charge of the first and second place positions in the GT class.
By hour two, things had been stirred up a bit, with Alex Gurney taking over the No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette and moving it into the second place position, Barbosa dropping down into third and Taylor leading the GT field with Liddell and the No. 57 Camaro falling out of the top three after pitting to serve a penalty for jump starting a green flag start after caution.
In hour three, the No. 9 Action Express Corvette had moved up to first in the DP class with Darren Law driving, while the two Stevenson Auto Group GT.Rs joined once again in the top three GT positions with drivers Matt Bell and John Edwards behind the wheels.
With the race 2/3 complete, it was obvious that the lead Chevy drivers were not giving up their run for the win easily, with Fogarty in the No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette taking over first place in the DP class followed by Law in the No. 9 Action Express Corvette in third.
Holding a steady second place position in the GT class by hour four was Edwards in the No. 57 Stevenson GT.R.
The penultimate hour saw the DP class field maintain their positions while the GT class saw Liddell bring the No. 57 Stevenson GT.R back into first in the GT class and Ronnie Bremer bring up the tail end of the top three with the No. 75 GT.R.
The run to the checkered flag was a fierce one with the No. 9 Action Express Corvette driven by Barbosa nosing the finish line just 0.238 seconds before the No. 99 GAINSCO Corvette driven by Gurney. This is the second win for the No. 9 Action Express car this season. In the GT class, Liddell secured the first victory for the No. 57 Stevenson GT.R of the season, leading second place driver Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen and his BMW M3 by 1.340 seconds.
Out of nine Grand-Am races this season, Chevrolet has secured seven DP victories and two GT victories. This currently puts Chevrolet in the first place position for the Rolex DP Engine Manufacturer Standings with 264 points, followed by Ford with 239 points. Chevrolet is currently ranked second in the Rolex GT Engine Manufacturer Standings with 240 points, lead by Ferrari with 253.
Congratulations goes out to Action Express Racing and Stevenson Auto Group for their Grand-Am wins over the weekend and we look forward to what the next leg of Grand-Am will bring at the Brickyard Grand Prix on July 27th.