DAYTONA, Fla. (June 25, 2015) — Visit Florida Racing charges into Watkins Glen International Raceway fresh off a top-5 finish at the Detroit Grand Prix hoping for a second consecutive win in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
The fifth place finish in Detroit kept Visit Florida Racing in the lead of the Tudor United Sports Car Championship point standings and in a prime position to continue their title run in the second half of the season.
In addition to building on their lead in the championship standings, the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype team is seeking to defend their title in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, the third race of the Tequila Pátron North American Endurance Cup and sixth event of the season.
With the team’s consistency over the first half of the season and a win in the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, coupled with the outright speed of the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Corvette DP, Richard Westbrook is confident his team will be the one to beat at Watkins Glen.
“We had a great car in Detroit,” said Westbrook. “ The track was resurfaced in so many areas and we were working with a new chassis, so all things considered the team did really well in giving us a fast Corvette DP for the race.
“Returning to Watkins Glen International where we had a great performance last year gives Michael and myself a lot of confidence. Overall the performance of our Visit Florida Racing team has been phenomenal this season and we’re in an even better position to compete for the win this year than what we thought we were last year.”
In the 2014 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, Westbrook and Valiante led 100 of the 191 laps. Throughout the six-hours, Westbrook and Valiante put the strength of their No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Corvette DP on display. In the races closing minutes, Westbrook would show the true fortitude of the car by making an authoritative move through the Esses to secure the lead one final time and go on to claim victory.
“With how strong our car was last year I knew Richard would be able to bring home the victory,” said Valiante. “I am confident that we can win at the Glen for the second year in a row with all of the improvements in our car and how much stronger our team is as a whole having a season and a half together.”
Team owner Troy Flis shares in his drivers’ confidence as the team prepares to challenge for a second win in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, and understands that his Daytona Beach based team has been executing at a championship level since the season began.
“This track has such a rich history,” said Flis. “This race is technically an endurance event but with the speed, level of competition and reliability of today’s prototype field, it unfolds much more like a sprint race. We’ve got two of the best drivers in the business who can rise to that challenge and put our team in position to win. We’re certainly eyeing a second consecutive victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, the TUDOR championship at the end of the season and I feel like our team is the team to beat for both.”
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen is set to begin on Sunday, June 28, at 10:10 AM EST and can be viewed live on FOX Sports 1 and 2.