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Grand Thrown Down At Watkins Glen, Ganassi Takes Number Seven!

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On: Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 4:47PM | By: John Welch

Grand Thrown Down At Watkins Glen, Ganassi Takes Number Seven!

The race was going quickly . . . very quickly. By the middle of the first hour it appeared that the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen was going to go the distance caution free, something that has never happened at Watkins Glen. With no yellow flags to slow and bunch the field, the race leaders were running a blistering pace. The No. 01 Ganassi BMW averaged a startling 120.679 mph on its way to the 7th victory of the season for Ganassi.

Tying the Rolex Series record for wins in one season is a big deal (especially considering there are two races left, with no signs of weakness from the Ganassi bunch), but the margin was paper thin. Scott Pruett brought the attractive (for a DP) BMW/Riley across the line 2.722 seconds ahead of the Wayne Taylor Dallara driven by Max ('The Ax') Angelelli. These two cars rubbed fenders all day, but, as usual, Scott Pruett came out on top.

The GT battle was effing fierce as well. The front of the pack was occupied by the No. 70 SpeedSource Mazda most of the race, but the No. 57 Steveson Camaro was on the black RX8's tail the entire time. Dive bombing each other into turn one, over and over again, these two powerhouse GT teams gave no quarter until lap 85, when the No. 57 Camaro retired with mechanical issues.

This left the door open for Leh Keen and his Dempsey Racing (yes, 'McDreamy' Dempsey) RX8 to pass the No. 70 on the outside, securing the first Grand Am victory for Dempsey and wrapping up what has been an excellent Summer for Keen himself. Remember, he placed third at the Nurburing 24 hours a few short weeks ago.

Jonathan Bomarito finished second in the No. 70 Castrol Syntec Mazda RX-8 started from the pole by Sylvain Tremblay, while Paul Edwards passed Jeff Segal for third in the closing laps. Edwards and starting driver Scott Russell both had to pit with tire problems on the No. 07 Banner Racing Corvette, while Segal and starting driver Emil Assentato had to come from ninth starting position in the No. 69 FXDD Mazda RX-8.

The last two races of the 2010 Rolex Series are the Montreal 200 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on Aug. 28, and the season-ending Utah 250 at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City on Sept. 11. Who in the eff made this schedule? The last race is in Utah?! Seriously?! Besides the fact that Miller Motorsports Park is flat and has about fifteen-too many turns, it's located on a salt flat at what seems to be the end of the frikkin earth! Gawrsh, I hope Grand Am remedies this mistake next year.

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