WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 28, 2015) – On a day where two’s were the theme, Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante piloted the NO. 90 VISITFLORIDA.COM Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype to the number one position for the second consecutive year, claiming victory in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
The win broke a two-way tie atop the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, and put the Westbrook and Valiante in sole possession of first place, now leading the overall standings by five points. The duo also became the first to record a second overall win in the 2015 season.
Westbrook began the race in the second position and raced inside the top-three for the majority of his first stint in the car, handing the car of to teammate Michael Valiante just before the two-hour mark in the race.
“It is unbelievable. It has been a tough weekend for us. I haven’t been well this weekend, but just wanted to stay out of trouble and it was really tough conditions today, but the team did a great job. I have one of the best teammates in the paddock with Richard Westbrook. I can’t believe we did it twice in two years here.”
While Westbrook was thrilled to repeat the team’s victory from a year ago, he was even more relieved that they brought the VISITFLORIDA.COM Corvette DP back in one piece after battling extremely hazardous conditions.
“To be honest at one point I was thinking I don’t care who’s where, I just want to get home safe because it was just rivers everywhere. It was a handful keeping up with the safety car, as we had no wiper. To come back and get a repeat victory here, I don’t know how we did it. It’s such a great feeling.
Michael did such a great job, and the team did an awesome job. We are all going to go get some sunshine back in Florida now. I have to say that in the really wet conditions the Continental tires were phenomenal. In theses conditions every driver’s worst nightmare is to aquaplane and that was kept to a minimum today. Just delighted to get home in one piece and still have the Watkins Glen crown. This was a huge win for Visit Florida and our partners at Chevrolet, hopefully we can carry the momentum into Mosport.”
After becoming the first team to score a second win in the 2015 campaign, team owner Troy Flis was quick to give all the credit to his crew and drivers after a difficult and wet six hours.
“These guys are executing at the highest level we’ve ever experienced as a team,” said Flis. “We’ve said it before this year, and we’ll say it again. We wanted to win races and we wanted to be consistent and avoid putting ourselves in a hole in the championship. With two wins on the year, and only finishing off the podium one time, we’ve accomplished that. We’re going to keep fighting for wins and try to keep building on our points lead through the summer stretch.
“We’ve got great partners in Visit Florida and Chevrolet and this is the best way we can give back to them for all they do for us. It’s exciting to be in the lead of the championship standings and we’re going to keep focused on winning a team championship and helping Chevrolet bring home another manufacturer title this year.”
Visit Florida Racing will look to add a third win to their impressive 2015 season when the series races next at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on July 12.