On the Road Again: Performance Tech Motorsports at Watkins Glen
Performance Tech Motorsports is gearing up for two weeks on the road with the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and IMSA Prototype Challenge.
The last week of June marks the first week of Performance Techs longest run of the 2019 season. The first stop on the teams’ trip is Watkins Glen International Raceway for the Round Three of the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup- the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Team Principal Brent O’Neill and his crew are ready to kick off back-to-back races with the No. 38 Centinel Spine ORECA LMP2 at a track they have experienced immense success in the past.
“I think it will be a good weekend,” O’Neill said. “It’s a shame it still is only a two-horse race in IMSA for the LMP2 cars but we still look forward to it. Cameron is leading the Truman Aiken championship and the team is leading the overall championship, so we aim to build on that. Cameron, Kyle, and Andrew won Sebring this year, I know they have the strength and speed to do it again.”
The championship-leading pair of Kyle Masson, Windemere, and Cameron Cassels, British Columbia, will once more be joined by Andrew Evans for six hours of intense battles around the 11-turn road course. The trio won the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and plans to use their success to propel themselves onto the top step of the podium at Watkins Glen. The Sahlen’s Six Hour serves as the halfway point in the LMP2 season with the team currently sitting four points ahead of second place in the championship, a win being crucial to further growing the current points gap.
Masson is both a veteran to the podium and LMP2 competition at Watkins Glen International. The 2017 Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen weekend saw Masson dominate winning the Six Hour event in the Prototype Challenge class and earning two podiums in IMSA Prototype Challenge. This deep understanding of the track will make Masson a well-conditioned competitor this weekend.
Cassels is on the hunt for his first podium at Watkins Glen International after the podium eluded him in IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge in 2017 and in Lamborghini Super Trofeo in 2018. He is pulling double duty this weekend driving the No. 38 Centinel Spine ORECA LMP2 and the No. 33 NorCan Electric Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo Evo Lamborghini Super Trofeo Entry. This extra seat time is priceless for drivers on the technical 3.4-mile, 11-turn track doubling Cassels chances of success.
While Evans has not competed at Watkins Glen International Raceway his ability to quickly analyze and digest data ensures his pace will be on par with his teammates. He will rely on his co-drivers’ feedback from past years as well as simulator training to gain as much track knowledge as possible before the event. The group's past success proves that teamwork and grit are in their wheelhouse, promising a great performance for the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship fans.
The No. 38 Centinel Spine LMP2 takes to the 3.4-mile track June 28 for Practice One at 10:25 am ET followed by Practice Two at 3:05 pm. Saturday, June 29, hosts Practice Three at 8:00 am and Qualifying at 12:25 pm. Finally, the green flag drops for six hours of racing on Sunday, June 30, at 9:45 am. For a more detailed schedule visit https://sportscarchampionship.imsa.com/events/2019-sahlens-six-hours-glen.