Photo by John Thawley WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 9 - After six hours of grueling competition, Ian
Baas of Noblesville, Ind., and Mark White of Waunakee, Wis., finished in the same
position they started - 14th - in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex
Series race at Watkins Glen International Saturday.
Under perfect weather conditions at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course, the
pair kept Bob Miller's At Speed Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car going throughout
the six-hour race. They both drove consistently, and on lap 44 Baas was able
to record a lap that was even faster than the 1:56.925 he ran in qualifying.
The team's fastest lap of the race was Baas' 1:56.059 on lap 44, at an average
of 105.464 miles per hour.
Baas drove the first hour and 45 minutes of the race, White handled things in
the middle, and Baas drove the last hour and 20 minutes of the race in the
blue No. 28, which advertised Celette and Duraform. Team owner Miller ended up
not driving in this event, which was broadcast live on SPEED. White ended up
doing more laps than was planned when Baas didn't feel well after his first
stint, but Baas toughed it out and he was in the car at the end.
The start of the race had everyone in the At Speed Motorsports' pits
cheering. Baas started 14th, but he vaulted to fourth in the first few minutes due to
great driving, team strategy and pit work.
There is a Grand-Am rule that at least one pit stop must be made within the
first 45 minutes of competition, and the team decided to get that out of the
way under a full-course caution at the start after Patrick Long and Scott Pruett
got into the gravel in the Bus Stop in separate incidents. Baas had already
moved up several positions due to his great start, but he bolstered that by a
few more when the crew got him out of the pits faster than some of his rivals,
and he returned to the fray in fourth place.
For most of the race the car ran anywhere from 17th to eighth in class.
Baas didn't have any contact with anyone during his stints, but White was
pushed off the track by David Donohue's Daytona Prototype at the
4-hour-and-25-minute mark to bring out a full-course caution. Baas did have to deal with an
oil leak during the last 45 minutes of the race.
The team of Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and R.J. Valentine won the GT class
in a TRG Porsche GT3 Cup car.
Baas will also compete in two SPEED World Challenge Touring Car races here at
the Glen this weekend; one later tonight and the other on Sunday. He drives
the STaSIS Motorsport Audi A4 No. 18 in that series. Both of those races will
be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. ET. He'll
start 14th in tonight's race and 13th tomorrow.
Baas' next Rolex Series races are at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in
Lexington, Ohio June 21-24 and at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach,
Fla. on July 5. Right after that he'll travel to Exhibition Place in Toronto
for another SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race July 7-8.