Race Details Race Times: 5pm & 6pm Laps: 24 & 12 Last Time Here Winners: Adam & Liam Weather: Dry The Track Watkins Glen International A.K.A "The Glen" is a race track located in Watkins Glen, New York. It was long known around the world as the home of the Formula One United States Grand Prix, which it hosted for twenty consecutive years (1961–1980), but the site has been home to road racing of nearly every class, including the World Sportscar Championship, Trans-Am, Can-Am, Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the International Motor Sports Association and the IndyCar Series. Initially, public roads in the village were used for the race course. In 1956 a permanent circuit for the race was built. The circuit's current layout has more or less been the same since 1971, although a chicane was installed at the uphill Esses in 1975 to slow cars through these corners, where there was a fatality during practice at the 1973 United States Grand Prix. The chicane was removed in 1985. After a succession of serious crashes took place at the "Loop" at the end of the backstretch, a major change was made to the track's layout. During the 1989 Bud at the Glen, Geoff Bodine blew a tire at the end of the backstretch. He broke into a hard spin, and sailed straight off the track, crashing head-on into the barrier. In 1991, during the IMSA Camel Continental VIII, Tommy Kendall's Intrepid RM-1 prototype crashed in the Loop, severely injuring his legs. Seven weeks later, NASCAR Winston Cup driver J. D. McDuffie died in an accident at the same site during the 1991 Bud at the Glen. Since 1992, track officials constructed a bus stop chicane along the back straight just before arriving at the Loop. Dubbed the "Inner Loop", it led into what was now being called, the "Outer Loop." This addition slightly increased the lap distance for both layouts. The track is 3.40 mi (5.43 km) in length, with 11 turns. the lap record is 1:22.5259 by Scott Dixon is in a 2012 Chip Ganassi Racing indycar. Hotlap This time we're going way back, with a season 1 hotlap from Ben! Last Time Out The feature started brightly, Oz jumped Liam into P1, with Gaz compounding it, proceeding to take P2, with Ben, Jeremy, Adam and Benji all close behind. Lap 2 and Jeremy made an error, giving Adam damage, Meanwhile Ben was applying pressure to Liam, until the pitstops, Liam pitting first of the front runners. After the stops the top 3 stayed the same, but Benji and Ben were now going at it, both seeming to have issues, as their pace severely dropped. Benji managed to hold on though, Meaning Oz took P1, Gaz P2, Liam P3, Benji P4 & Ben P5. The sprint had a low attendance, with only 8 cars taking part, but it turned out to be one of the best sprint races. Adam took pole, but Jeremy made the jump into an early lead, with everyone else behind constantly swapping positions, Oz gave Ben a nudge into the chicane, sending ben across it, then Oz rejoining and hitting both Liam and Benji's cars. Adam tried a divebomb on Jeremy, which backfired, as he sent himself into a spin, losing out to Gaz. The running order at this time being Gaz, Jeremy, Ben, Adam & Liam. Liam soon passed Adam round the outside of Tosa, meanwhile Ben proceeded to pass Jeremy, quickly being followed through by Liam, Oz recovering from his earlier moment, had charged through and passed Benji and Adam, to be in P5, He was next up on Jeremy, and duly took P4. The last lap came around, and Liam tried a daring move on Ben round the outside of T1, But it ultimately failed, with the race ending Gaz P1, Ben P2, Liam P3, Oz P4 and Adam P5. Questions Imola always provides great races, how much did you enjoy it? Watkins Glen, any memories of this track, and how do you find it? In Monaco Vettel won, with some suspecting foul play by Ferrari, some saying Seb was just faster on his in-laps, what camp are you in? Did you watch the Indy 500, if so, did you enjoy it, and opinion on Alonso?