A heavy rain Saturday afternoon forced the cancellation of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins International. The grid will be set by driver championship points, per Article 40.2.5 of the IMSA Sporting Regulations.
Christian Fittipaldi will start from the pole in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/Cider Tree Corvette DP co-driven by Joao Barbosa. The duo is tied for the Prototype points lead with the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP team, but wins the tiebreaker by virtue of second place finishes. Both teams enter Sunday’s race with one win apiece.
“I think everyone made the right decision, with the amount of rain we had this afternoon it would have been pretty risky to run out there,” said Fittipaldi. “Realistically you want to start up front, but you can win this race starting from the pits. Even if I was starting fourth, fifth or sixth I would have been okay with it.”
The No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R shared by Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will start from the GT Le Mans class pole with Magnussen in the car to begin the race. In GT Daytona, Christopher Haase will start the No. 48 Castrol EDGE Audi R8 LMS, co-driven by Dion von Moltke and Bryce Miller, from the pole; and the No. 54 Flex-Box ORECA FLM09 to be started by Jon Bennett and co-driven by Colin Braun and James Gue, is on the pole in Prototype Challenge.
The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen is the third round of the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup, which includes the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida and Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Points toward the Patrón Endurance Cup will be awarded at the three-hour mark and at the finish on Sunday.
The race takes the green flag on Sunday at 10:05 a.m. ET and will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., continuing on FOX Sports 2 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. There also will be a highlight show on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 5, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. ET.