6 Hours of Watkins Glen

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Six Hours of Watkins Glen
Watkins Glen International Track Map.svg
United SportsCar Championship
Venue Watkins Glen International
Corporate sponsor Sahlen's
First race 1948
First IMSA race 2014
Duration six hours
Previous names Watkins Glen Grand Prix
Most wins (driver) Walt Hansgen, Derek Bell, James Weaver, Scott Pruett (4)
Most wins (team) Briggs Cunningham (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Porsche (10)

The Six Hours of Watkins Glen (currently sponsored as the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen) is a sports car endurance race held annually at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, New York. The race dates from 1948, and has been a part of the SCCA National Sports Car Championship, United States Road Racing Championship, World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship, Rolex Sports Car Series and currently the United SportsCar Championship.

History[edit]

Frank Griswold won the first Watkins Glen Grand Prix in this 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta[1]

The first Watkins Glen Grand Prix was held in 1948 on a 6.6-mile course around Watkins Glen State Park and the village of Watkins Glen. Cameron Argetsinger, a Cornell law student and SCCA member, organized the event along with the local Chamber of Commerce. The 8-lap, 52.8-mile race was won by Frank Griswold in a pre-war Alfa Romeo 8C. In 1950, three spectators were injured during a support race, and driver Sam Collier was killed during the Grand Prix. The 1951 event became a part of the new SCCA National Sports Car Championship series. In 1952, twelve spectators were injured and one killed when a car left the circuit in the village.[2] This led organizers to move the course to a hillside southwest of Watkins Glen for 1953. Drivers complained of poor visibility and run-off, prompting the construction of a permanent circuit, today called Watkins Glen International, in 1956.[3]

In 1963, the race switched to the SCCA's new series, the United States Road Racing Championship. In 1968, the race was expanded to six hours, and joined the World Sportscar Championship. Along with the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring, the Six Hours of Watkins Glen served as an American round of the WSC from 1968 until 1981, traditionally held during the summer. With the track's bankruptcy and the FIA's decision not to return the World Championship to the United States in 1982, the event was not held again until 1984. It returned as an event for the IMSA Camel GT Championship.

Under the control of IMSA, the event was radically altered and shortened. In the 1984 running, a break was held after three hours before the race began again and completed the next three hours. This event became known as the Camel Continental. A second event later in the year was also held lasting for just three hours or 500 kilometers, and was known as the New York 500. The Continental was modified once more in 1985, this time running sports prototypes in one three hour event, and grand tourer cars in a second three hour event. By 1986, the event was shortened altogether, and became a single 500 mile race, then shortened once more in 1987 to just 500 km.

For several years IMSA kept the Continental as a 500 km race for prototypes in the summer, and the 500 km New York 500 for grand tourers in autumn. IMSA chose to drop the New York 500 in 1992, retaining the Continental as an event just for prototypes until 1995. In 1996, IMSA restored the Watkins Glen event to its historic format, combining prototypes and grand tourers once again.

By 1998, Watkins Glen chose to schedule the Six Hours as part of the new United States Road Racing Championship. This championship change was short lived, as the USSRC folded during the 1999 season prior to their second running at Watkins Glen, leaving an FIA GT Championship event as the year's sportscar headliner. In the wake of USRRC's collapse, the Grand American Road Racing Championship took control of the event, and retained the Six Hours since 2000 as part of the Rolex Sports Car Series. In 2014 after the merger of Grand-AM and the ALMS sports car series, IMSA regained control of the event under the United SportsCar Championship. The format of the face remains the same as it was under Grand-Am operation.


Race winners[edit]

First street course[edit]

Year Drivers Team Car Duration/Distance Race Title Championship
1948 United States Frank Griswold United States Frank Griswold Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B 50 mi (80 km) Grand Prix Watkins Glen Non-championship
1949 United States Miles Collier United States Collier Bros. Riley-Mercury Special
"Ardent Alligator"[4]
100 mi (160 km) Grand Prix Watkins Glen Non-championship
1950 United States Erwin Goldschmidt United States Alfred Goldschmidt Allard J2-Cadillac 100 mi (160 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen Non-championship
1951 United States Phil Walters United States Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C2R 100 mi (160 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1952 United States Briggs Cunningham United States Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C4R-Chrysler 100 mi (160 km)† Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
† Not completed; race stopped after fatal accident involving spectators

Second street course[edit]

Year Drivers Team Car Duration/Distance Race Title Championship
1953 United States Walt Hansgen United States Walt Hansgen Jaguar XK120 100 mi (160 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen Non-championship
1954 United States Phil Walters United States Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C4R-Chrysler 100 mi (160 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1955 United States Sherwood Johnston United States Briggs Cunningham Jaguar D-Type 100 mi (160 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship

Watkins Glen International[edit]

Year Drivers Team Car Duration/Distance Race Title Championship
1956 United States George Constantine United States Mary L. Constantine Jaguar D-Type 50 mi (80 km) Sports Car Grand Prix of Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1957 United States Walt Hansgen United States Briggs Cunningham Jaguar D-Type 100 mi (160 km) Watkins Glen Grand Prix SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1958 United States Ed Crawford United States Briggs Cunningham Lister-Jaguar 100 mi (160 km) Grand Prix Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1959 United States Walt Hansgen United States Briggs Cunningham Lister-Costin Jaguar 100 mi (160 km) Watkins Glen Grand Prix SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1960 United States Augie Pabst United States Meister Brauser Scarab Mk II-Chevrolet 100 mi (160 km) Watkins Glen Grand Prix SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1961 United States George Constantine United States John T. Bunch Ferrari 250 TR 59 100 mi (160 km) Grand Prix at Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1962 United States Walt Hansgen United States Briggs Cunningham Cooper Monaco T61-Buick 100 mi (160 km) Grand Prix at Watkins Glen SCCA National Sports Car Championship
1963 United States Bob Holbert Porsche 718 RS61 300 km (190 mi) Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix United States Road Racing Championship
1964 United States Jim Hall United States Chaparral Cars Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet 200 mi (320 km) Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix United States Road Racing Championship
1965 United States Jim Hall United States Chaparral Cars Chaparral 2A-Chevrolet 200 mi (320 km) Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix United States Road Racing Championship
1966 United States John Fulp Lola T70 Mk.2-Chevrolet 200 mi (320 km) Watkins Glen Sports Car Grand Prix United States Road Racing Championship
1967 United States Mark Donohue United States Roger Penske Lola T70 Mk.3-Chevrolet 200 mi (320 km) Sports Car Grand Prix at Watkins Glen United States Road Racing Championship
1968 United States Mark Donohue United States Roger Penske McLaren M6A-Chevrolet 200 mi (320 km) Watkins Glen Sports Car Road Race United States Road Racing Championship
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Belgium Lucien Bianchi
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 six hours
1,058.626 km (657.800 mi)
World Sportscar Championship
1969 Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom Brian Redman
Austria Porsche of Austria Porsche 908/02 six hours
1,077.134 km (669.300 mi)
Watkins Glen Six Hours World Sportscar Championship
1970 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
Finland Leo Kinnunen
Switzerland Jo Siffert
United Kingdom J.W. Automotive Engineering Porsche 917K six hours
1,140.059 km (708.400 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1971 Italy Andrea de Adamich
Sweden Ronnie Peterson
Italy Autodelta SpA Alfa Romeo T33/3 six hours
1,090.189 km (677.412 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1972 United States Mario Andretti
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Italy SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB six hours
1,059.777 km (658.515 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1973 France Gérard Larrousse
France Henri Pescarolo
France Équipe Matra-Simca Matra-Simca MS 670B six hours
1,081.516 km (672.023 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1974 France Jean-Pierre Jarier
France Jean-Pierre Beltoise
France Équipe Gitanes Matra-Simca MS 670C six hours
1,048.906 km (651.760 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1975 United Kingdom Derek Bell
France Henri Pescarolo
Germany Willi Kauhsen Racing Team Alfa Romeo 33TT12 six hours
826.083 km (513.304 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1976 Germany Rolf Stommelen
Liechtenstein Manfred Schurti
Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Porsche 935 six hours
945.647 km (587.598 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1977 Germany Jochen Mass
Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Porsche 935/77 six hours
940.213 km (584.221 mi)
6 Hours of the Glen World Sportscar Championship
1978 Netherlands Toine Hezemans
United Kingdom John Fitzpatrick
United States Peter Gregg
Germany GeLo Racing Team Porsche 935/77 six hours
793.474 km (493.042 mi)
World Championship 6-Hours World Sportscar Championship
1979 United States Don Whittington
Germany Klaus Ludwig
United States Bill Whittington
United States Whittington Brothers
Germany Kremer Racing
Porsche 935 K3 six hours
951.082 km (590.975 mi)
World Championship 6-Hours World Sportscar Championship
1980 Germany Hans Heyer
Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Lancia Corse Lancia Beta Monte Carlo six hours
755.431 km (469.403 mi)
World Championship 6-Hours World Sportscar Championship
1981 Italy Riccardo Patrese
Italy Michele Alboreto
Italy Martini Racing Lancia Beta Monte Carlo six hours
940.213 km (584.221 mi)
Glen Six Hours of Endurance World Sportscar Championship
1982
1983
Not held
1984 United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Jim Adams
United States Holbert Racing Porsche 962 six hours
1,054.342 km (655.138 mi)
Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1985 United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Holbert Racing Porsche 962 three hours Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1986 United States Al Holbert
United Kingdom Derek Bell
United States Holbert Racing Porsche 962 500 mi (800 km) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1987 United States Price Cobb
Australia Vern Schuppan
United States Dyson Racing Porsche 962 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1988 Australia Geoff Brabham
United States John Morton
United States Electramotive Engeineering Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1989 Australia Geoff Brabham
United States Chip Robinson
United States Electramotive Engeineering Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1990 United States Chip Robinson
United States Bob Earl
United States Nissan Performance Technology Nissan NPT-90 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1991 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II United States All American Racers Eagle HF90-Toyota 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1992 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II United States All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota two hours, forty-five minutes Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1993 Argentina Juan Manuel Fangio II United States All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota 500 km (310 mi) Camel Continental IMSA GT Championship
1994 Italy Giampiero Moretti
Chile Eliseo Salazar
Italy MOMO Ferrari 333 SP three hours Glen Continental IMSA GT Championship
1995 United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford three hours Glen Continental IMSA GT Championship
1996 Italy Giampiero Moretti
Italy Max Papis
Italy MOMO Ferrari 333 SP six hours
973.975 km (605.200 mi)
First Union 6 Hours of the Glen IMSA GT Championship
1997 United States Butch Leitzinger
United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Elliott Forbes-Robinson
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford six hours
924.980 km (574.756 mi)
First Union 6 Hours of the Glen IMSA GT Championship
1998 Italy Giampiero Moretti
Italy Mauro Baldi
Belgium Didier Theys
United States MOMO/Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP six hours
949.392 km (589.925 mi)
First Union 6 Hours of the Glen United States Road Racing Championship
1999 France Jean-Philippe Belloc
United States David Donohue
France Viper Team Oreca Chrysler Viper GTS-R three hours Bosch Sports Car Oktoberfest FIA GT Championship
2000 United Kingdom James Weaver
United Kingdom Andy Wallace
United States Butch Leitzinger
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford six hours
931.632 km (578.889 mi)
Bosch Sports Car Summerfest Grand American Road Racing Championship
2001 Belgium Didier Theys
Italy Mauro Baldi
Switzerland Freddy Lienhard
United States Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP-Judd six hours
988.256 km (614.074 mi)
Sports Car Grand Prix at the Glen Grand American Road Racing Championship
2002 United Kingdom James Weaver
United States Chris Dyson
United States Dyson Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Ford six hours
1,038.224 km (645.122 mi)
Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2003 United States David Donohue
United States Mike Borkowski
Canada Scott Goodyear
United States Brumos Porsche Fabcar FDSC/03-Porsche six hours
927.184 km (576.125 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2004 Italy Max Papis
United States Scott Pruett
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XI-Lexus six hours
910.528 km (565.776 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2005 United States Tracy Krohn
Sweden Niclas Jönsson
United States Krohn Racing Riley Mk XI-Pontiac six hours
832.800 km (517.478 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2006 Germany Jörg Bergmeister
United States Boris Said
United States Krohn Racing Riley Mk XI-Ford 6 hours
855.008 km (531.277 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2007 United States Alex Gurney
United States Jon Fogarty
United States Bob Stallings Racing Riley Mk XI-Pontiac six hours
927.184 km (576.125 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2008 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XX-Lexus six hours
993.808 km (617.524 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2009 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XX-Lexus six hours
1,020.840 km (634.321 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2010 United States Scott Pruett
Mexico Memo Rojas
United States Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Riley Mk XX-BMW six hours
1,037.130 km (644.443 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2011 Italy Max Angelelli
United States Ricky Taylor
United States SunTrust Racing Dallara DP08-Chevrolet six hours
944.820 km (587.084 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2012 Portugal João Barbosa
United States Darren Law
United States Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette DP
(Coyote CPM-Chevrolet)
six hours
995.656 km (618.672 mi)
Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2013 Portugal João Barbosa
Brazil Christian Fittipaldi
United States Action Express Racing Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series
2014 United Kingdom Richard Westbrook
Canada Michael Valiante
United States Spirit of Daytona Racing Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen Tudor United SportsCar Championship

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Best of the Best: 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B wins Pebble Beach "Best of Show"". wot.motortrend.com. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  2. ^ Reuter, Cliff. "1952 SCCA Race Results". Etceterini. Archived from the original on 31 March 2010. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Welty, Richard P. "Short History of Road Racing at Watkins Glen". The GEL Motorsport Information Page. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Jaslow, Russell. "The Ardent Alligator and The 1949 Watkins Glen Grand Prix". Auto Racing History. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 

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