Grand Am – Watkins Glen – Saturday
Rained Off

“Steady rainfall” caused Grand American officials to cancel the Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying for the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen this afternoon. The starting grid for Sunday's race has been set based upon Rolex Series team owner points, as per the Grand American rulebook.

That means that apart from two or three exceptions, the grid positions are in most cases no more than two or three places different from the order after Friday’s free practice sessions. Some notable exceptions are the Mosler starting way down in 13th, while the Cegwa Fabcar Toyota vaults up to fifth and the SRPll Picchio to sixth. The Cup cars, some of which may only complete the early laps, fill out the bottom of the grid.

With six hours racing to come, perhaps the grid isn’t that important anyway….

So Hurley Haywood will start the #59 Porsche FABCAR Daytona Prototype in pole position (first of the season), while David Donohue will line up alongside.

"(Cancelling qualifying is) great for us because we’ll be starting first and second with a total Brumos front row,” reckoned Haywood. “But in all seriousness, it was the right thing to do. Qualifying in the wet is really risky. We’ve got these races stacked together so if we have a problem with a car in the guardrail it would be very difficult to get it fixed now."

Some of the ‘racier’ drivers seemed a little miffed that they didn’t have a chance to qualify, but races at Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio and Daytona in the next 12 days seem to have been the deciding factor.

 

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