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The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen certainly threw everything at the teams and driver this weekend with massive downpours, a 15 minute red flag for track flooding, poor visibility, nine yellows and the race finishing under caution with the #90 Corvette DP of Richard Westbrook taking overall honours.
Westbrook inherited the lead with less than ten minutes remaining when the #1 car of Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand pit for a splash & dash stop seconds before a crash by Kuno Wittmer in the #007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, which brought out a full-course yellow under which the race ended.
Westbrook’s win marked the team’s second in three events which has seen the pairing take over the Prototype class championship lead.
“It was just survival for that race,” said Valiante at the end. “It’s been a tough weekend. I’m speechless. Richard did an unbelievable job. It’s great to be in winner’s circle again.”
Despite the costly fuel stop Joey Hand and Scott Pruett brought the Ganassi Ford home for second, with the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP of Portuguese/Brazilian pairing of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi completing the overall and P class podium in third.