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 1 99 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Willy T.Ribbs 92 Laps 1.GTO
 2 98 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Chris Cord 92 Laps 2.GTO
 3 22 FORD MUSTANG Tom Gloy-Scott Pruett 91 Laps 3.GTO
 4 28 CHEVROLET CAMARO Chris Kneifel-Bill Adam 91 Laps 4.GTO
 5  4 PONTIAC FIERO Spice-GTO-001 Bob Earl 90 Laps 5.GTO
 6 33 FORD MUSTANG Bruce Jenner-Bobby Akin 90 Laps 6.GTO
 7 91 PORSCHE 930S 009 00030 Chet Vincentz-John Bauer 89 Laps 7.GTO
 8 38 MAZDA RX7 Roger Mandeville-Kelly Marsh 88 Laps 8.GTO
 9 71 MAZDA RX7 Amos Johnson 87 Laps 1.GTU
10 75 MAZDA RX7 Tom Kendall-Bart Kendall 86 Laps 2.GTU
11 17 MAZDA RX7 Al Bacon 85 Laps 3.GTU
12 85 MAZDA RX7 John Morton 85 Laps 4.GTU
13 81 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ken Bupp-Del Taylor 85 Laps 9.GTO
14 29 CHEVROLET CAMARO Oma Kimtrough-Lee Perkinson 84 Laps 10.GTO
15 21 PORSCHE CARRERA RSR Michael Bavaro 84 Laps 11.GTO
16 65 CHEVROLET CAMARO Doug Mills 83 Laps 12.GTO
17 57 NISSAN 300ZX Reed Kryder 83 Laps 5.GTU
18 86 NISSAN 280ZX Jim Lively-Rick Haynes 82 Laps 6.GTU
19 89 PORSCHE 914/6 470 29 00076 Ray Hendricks-Bruce Jones 81 Laps 7.GTU
20 20 PORSCHE 914/6 Mark Altman-Gary Altman 81 Laps 8.GTU
21 53 DODGE DAYTONA Jack Broomall-Tim Evans 80 Laps 9.GTU
22  8 MAZDA RX7 Paul Romano 78 Laps 10.GTU
23 97 TOYOTA CELICA Tc Dennis Aase-Juan Fangio II 76 Laps 13.GTO
24 52 CHEVROLET CAMARO Ron Fariss-Fletcher Williams 66 Laps 14.GTO
25 76 CHEVROLET CAMARO 861 Jack Baldwin 66 Laps 15.GTO
26 56 PORSCHE 911 Karl Durkheimer-Larry Vollum 64 Laps 11.GTU
27 51 MAZDA RX7 Jon Dembs-Chris Dembs 59 Laps 12.GTU
28 32 NISSAN 300ZX Tc George Alderman-Max Jones 57 Laps 13.GTU
29 18 PORSCHE 924GTR Don Chilsen-Peter Dawe 56 Laps 14.GTU
30 11 FORD MUSTANG Lyn St James 54 Laps 16.GTO
31  9 CHEVROLET CORVETTE David Kicak-Steve Volk 51 Laps 17.GTO
32 30 CHEVROLET CAMARO Buz McCall-Walt Bohren 49 Laps 18.GTO
33 82 MAZDA RX7 Dick Greer-Mike Mees 38 Laps 15.GTU
34  2 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Greg Pickett-Tommy Riggins 36 Laps 19.GTO
35 95 NISSAN 300ZX Bob Leitzinger 30 Laps 16.GTU
36 88 MAZDA RX7 Guy Church-Russ Church 29 Laps 17.GTU
37 06 PORSCHE 911 Fred Apgar 27 Laps 18.GTU
38 36 PORSCHE 924GTR Paul Haas 16 Laps 19.GTU
39 15 PONTIAC FIERO GTU-002 Dick Murray 4 Laps 20.GTU
40 90 CHEVROLET CAMARO Clint Welding 3 Laps 20.GTO

Cars that did not start

   ## PORSCHE 924GTR Guy Church-Russ Church GTU
   00 PONTIAC FIERO Fred Staffilino GTU
    1 FORD MUSTANG Scott Pruett GTO
    5 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Paul Reisman-Bob Hebert GTO
   12 MAZDA RX7 Raymond Genao-Steve Stander GTU
   16 PONTIAC FIERO Carlos Bobeda-George Robinson GTU
   23 PONTIAC FIREBIRD Kermit Upton-Jeff Jones GTO
   37 CHEVROLET CAMARO Tom Forgione-Richard Linder GTO
   66 CHEVROLET CAMARO Gary English-Jerry Thompson GTO
   72 PORSCHE 911 Jay Kjoller-Patrick Mooney GTU
   81 PORSCHE 914/6 914 043 0754 Paul Resnick-Marlene Katzman GTU
   87 NISSAN 300ZX Harry Gershenson-Clark Crawford GTU
   96 PORSCHE 911 Fred Apgar GTU

Toyota 1-2

A huge field of 41 cars were ready to take the green at Watkins Glen. Toyota would face Ford and Chevrolet cars, which appeared under various forms. One car seemed to be bound to dominate the race : the Protofab Chevrolet Corvette driven by Greg Pickett and Tommy Riggins. The V6 Turbo powered car blasted the opposition, running 2.5s faster than Scott Pruett Ford Mustang! In third place was Jack Baldwin Chevrolet Camaro who was just ahead of Chris Cord Toyota Celica Tc. Chris Kneifel and Bill Adam shared row three with Bob Earl Pontiac Fiero. Willy T Ribbs would be credited with a no time, and start from 13th place on the grid. A broken flywheel had to be repaired.

At the start, Greg Pickett would win the drag race and pull away from the rest of the pack. Scott Pruett was in second place, followed by Jack Baldwin, Chris Cord, Bob Earl and Chris Kneifel. After two laps, Greg Pickett was more than 5s ahead of everybody. Willy T Ribbs was already climbing up the standings. A full yellow caution occured in the third lap when Clint Welding crashed his Chevrolet Camaro after a suspension failure. At the restart, Jack Baldwin and Willy T Ribbs would get past Scott Pruett, but Greg Pickett kept them at bay. Jack Baldwin would soon be delayed by a rear hub failure, and lose a great deal of time in the pits. Greg Pickett was running smoothly and stretched his lead to 8 seconds. Then the Chevrolet Corvette would experience the same trouble as what caused the car to retire at Lime Rock : fuel delivery. Willy T Ribbs was instantly in the lead, while Chris Cord closer in on Greg Pickett. The car would go into a string of stops and restarts as Tommy Riggins got into under the wheel. Willy T Ribbs again ran nearly unchallenged. He was nearly hit by a car exiting from the neighboring pits, but he avoided it! Chris Cord, in second place, was running at a more conservative pace, as he was aiming at the GTO title.

The Ford Mustang driven by Scott Pruett and Tom Gloy had no other choice than wait for the leading Toyotas to break, but it would not happen. Chris Kneifel and Bill Adam finished fourth in their V6 Chevrolet Camaro. Chris Cord clinched the GTO drivers Championship in finishing second. Toyota also took the lead in the Manufacturers Championship points chase. The GTU race was kind of different, with Amos Johnson running almost in a relaxed way. While his hopes for the Championship had gone, he could run almost without pressure. While Bob Leitzinger was leading, his car was hit by a mysterious object. The car was too much damaged and had to be withdrawn from the race. George Alderman Nissan took over, but was slowed by a fuel feed problem. Amos Johnson was following in his Mazda RX7, and he was leading the class on lap 13. His strategy was to make a single pit stop for refueling, and it paix off. When he pitted, he lost his lead, but Tom Kendall, who had to make two pit stops, would lose his lead by doing so. Amos Johnson easily won the GTU class.