Watkins Glen, N.Y., (June 24, 2023) - WeatherTech Racing will start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen from the second row in GTD Pro for tomorrow’s race at Watkins Glen International.
Daniel Juncadella (Spain) and Jules Gounon (France) are learning the 3.4-mile, 11-turn, Watkins Glen International circuit under changing conditions. Yesterday’s practice and today’s running has seen intermittent rain on the entire circuit or, like qualifying today, just in some sections.
Gounon had the controls of the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Mercedes-Benz of Billings, Montana support for the 15-minute qualifying session. The Frenchman was able to negotiate a drying back half of the track to put in a time of 1:46.05 good for a second row starting position in GTD Pro.
“We did a very good qualifying run, everything was optimum, but with the current rules we really can't fight for the top spot," Gounon said. "That's the way it is right now, but I love the car up through the esses in the wet, it’s really fun. The track has great flow to it, but it would be more fun from pole position.”
Juncadella is hoping for more of the changing conditions.
“It is good fun so far,” Juncadella said. “It is my first time to race here, and it is an amazing track. The balance of the WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 is good, but the rules right now make it a challenge on the straights. We will try our best for the strategy, the mixed conditions will only help us. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is very good in the wet, so that can be an advantage for us tomorrow.”
The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen will be televised live on Peacock, starting at 10:30 a.m. ET on Sunday then will switch over to USA from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.