Watkins Glen, 29 June – Six hours of racing at historic Watkins Glen International ended with another podium result for the no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia, driven by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell. Sweedler and Bell improved from their seventh place at the start to second by the third hour of the race, a position which they held until the checkered flag. Their second place finish was the third straight year a Ferrari 458 Italia finished on the podium of the Six Hours of the Glen, adding another chapter to the long history of Ferrari success at the legendary circuit. The category was won by Turner Motorsport’s BMW driven by American Dane Cameron and Finn Markus Palttala.
Ferrari’s lead in the manufacturer’s championship for the United SportsCar Championship and the Patron North American Endurance Cup increased, while Sweedler and Bell now also have a commanding lead in the Patron Endurance Cup drivers’ standings.
The no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia experienced a challenging day. After a strong opening charge by Jeff Westphal, the car lost two laps when driver Brandon Davis was collected by an incident on a restart, forcing an unscheduled pit stop for repairs. The team made up one of the laps, and Alessandro Balzan took the checkered flag in fifth position in the GT-Daytona class.
In the GT-LeMans class, the Risi Competizione drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer overcame a two-lap deficit caused by a pair of battery replacements to finish in seventh position. The no. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari 458 Italia also faced several challenges during the day, finishing in 11th position. The GTLM category was won by Dane Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, of Spain, with a Chevrolet. The overall win was for another Chevrolet, the Spirit of Daytona one, driven by British Richard Westbrook and Canadain Michael Valiante.
The next round of the TUDOR Championship, the Sportscar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance, is July 11-13 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.