Camel Continental VIII, Watkins Glen International Circuit
Winners average : 189,429km/h
Time : 02:30:59:693
|1||99||EAGLE HF90 Toyota||Juan Fangio II||122 Laps||1.GTP|
|2||83||NISSAN NPT91 90-01||Geoff Brabham||122 Laps||2.GTP|
|3||84||NISSAN NPT91 90-02||Chip Robinson||122 Laps||3.GTP|
|4||64||INTREPID RM1 Chevrolet 001||Wayne Taylor||120 Laps||4.GTP|
|5||4||SPICE SE89P Chevrolet 001||Brian Bonner-Jeff Purner||118 Laps||5.GTP|
|6||7||PORSCHE 962C 011||John Winter-Bernd Schneider||116 Laps||6.GTP|
|7||48||SPICE SE90P Acura 88-004||Parker Johnstone||112 Laps||1.Lights|
|8||98||EAGLE HF90 Toyota||Rocky Moran||112 Laps||7.GTP|
|9||19||SPICE SE90P Ferrari||David Tennyson||112 Laps||2.Lights|
|10||32||SPICE SE90P Buick||Ken Knott-Firmin Velez||112 Laps||3.Lights|
|11||36||KUDZU DG1 Mazda 001||John Grooms||110 Laps||4.Lights|
|12||18||SPICE SE90P Buick 002||Andy Evans-Hugh Fuller||110 Laps||5.Lights|
|13||2||JAGUAR XJR16 191||Davy Jones||107 Laps||8.GTP|
|14||11||TIGA GT286 Mazda||John Mirro-Tom Sedivy||101 Laps||6.Lights|
|15||5||SPICE SE89P Chevrolet 002||Jeff Kline||97 Laps||9.GTP|
|16||80||SPICE SE89P Ferrari||Martino Finotto-Ruggero Melgrati||90 Laps||7.Lights|
|17||65||INTREPID RM1 Chevrolet 002||Tom Kendall||60 Laps||10.GTP|
|18||8||KUDZU DG1 Buick 002||Tom Hessert||60 Laps||8.Lights|
|19||16||PORSCHE 962C DR2||James Weaver||51 Laps||11.GTP|
|20||30||MOMO C901 Audi 1||Gianpiero Moretti-Derek Bell||35 Laps||12.GTP|
|21||10||SPICE SE90P Pontiac 008||John Hotschkis-Jim Adams||33 Laps||13.GTP|
|22||9||KUDZU DG1 Buick 003||Jim Pace||11 Laps||9.Lights|
|23||3||JAGUAR XJR16 291||Raul Boesel||10 Laps||14.GTP|
Cars that did not start
|1||NISSAN NPT91||Derek Daly||GTP|
23 cars showed up at the Watkins Glen track, which used the short course. It meant very high speeds, combined with cornering problems, for every team. It also meant that every team could be a winner, as reliability would also be a major concern. So, Nissan, Toyota, Porsche, Jaguar and Intrepid could play an interesting role in such a race. So the race was to be interesting. Geoff Brabham and Chip Robinson drove a Nissan NPT91, Juan Fangio and Rocky Moran both had an Eagle HF90 and Wayne be a factor with their Intrepid RM1. Davy Jones and Raul Boesel were at the wheel of a Jaguar XJR16, and two Porsche 962s were entered with James Weaver in the Dyson much modified car, and John Winter-Bernd Schneider in the Joest car. Three Spices were also to be counted, with John Hotschkis and Jim Adams in a Chevrolet powered car. Tom Milner entered two cars for Brian Bonner-Jeff Purner and Jeff Kline. An interesting car was entered by Gianpiero Moretti : a Momo Gebhardt C901 powered by an Audi engine. Derek Bell co-drove him. The Lights class was mainly a Spice-Kudzu battle, with the Comptech entry dominating the field. Parker Johnstone drove the Acura powered entry, which was a SE90P. David Tennyson entered a Ferrari powered car, as well as Martino Finotto and Ruggero Melgrati. Andy Evans entered two cars, for Firmin Velez-Ken Knott and Hugh Fuller and himself. Three Kudzu DG1 were entered, with Tom Hessert and Jim Pace driving the Essex cars, and John Grooms running the Erie Scientific car. John Mirro and Tom Sedivy had a Tiga GT286 Mazda.
The surprise from the practice sessions certainly came from Bernd Schneider's Porsche 962, who gambled on removing all the wing from the car. It also produced the highest top speed Ever to Be recorded in an IMSA race. It reached 341,960km/h. Bernd Schneider shattered the previous mark with a 59s794. It also secured the American Road Racing all-time Speed record. Chip Robinson was next to him, with a 59s895. Tom Kendall was third, followed by Davy Jones, while Geoff Brabham would start dead last, following a turbo failure. Next to Davy Jones was Juan Fangio and Raul Boesel. As per usual, Parker Johnstone was the class of the Lights field, just ahead of Martino Finotto Spice.
At the drop of the green, Bernd Schneider would jump into the lead, followed by Chip Robinson and Davy Jones. The latter was very hot and intended to challenge the leader. During eight laps, Bernd Schneider and Davy Jones would fight it up, then the Porsche 962 had to stop with a fractured nose section. Davy Jones Jaguar XJR16 then took the lead, followed by Chip Robinson. Geoff Brabham had begun his move from the back of the pack and was charging hard. After seven laps, he was stalking Raul Boesel Jaguar XJR16. But he was probably too eager to pass him, and both of them were sent spinning. The spin resulted in a six-lap full caution. Davy Jones was still in the lead, now followed by Juan Fangio, Tom Kendall and Wayne Taylor were now third and fourth. A good surprise was the fifth place held by Jeff Purner and Brian Bonner Spice. The First set of pit stops occured then, with Juan Fangio taking the lead from Davy Jones, thanks to a quicker pit stop. Behind them was Geoff Brabham who still ran well, followed by Tom Kendall. Then, things went wrong with Tom Kendall awful crash. He was sent into the tire wall, and was taken to the track medical facility. Another full caution was set during 34 minutes. Things went right for both Eagle Toyota HF90s, with Juan Fangio and Rocky Moran now 1-2. Geoff Brabham was struck by a misfire, which kind of slowed the car during one lap, then things settled by themselves. Rocky Moran's car was to pit as his car emitted some puffs of black smoke. Geoff Brabham was now in second place, ready to charge. Davy jones Jaguar XJR16 had disappeared, breaking a spherical joint on the upper left-front A-arm. An extended pit stop sent him into an eighth place finish. To everyone's surprise, Geoff Brabham was unable to close the gap on Juan Fangio, who finished the race with a 23s102 advantage on the Nissan. The Toyota team from Dan Gurney was headed for his first victory of the 1991 season.
The Lights race was to be exciting, with Martino Finotto taking the lead right from the start, as Parker Johnstone seemed to be willing to last. In fact, the Spice Ferrari was to Be struck by engine miss. The team was to change a great deal of spark plugs during the race. Then Parker Johnstone took the lead, with David Tennyson taking over the charge. David Tennyson then pitted probably too early, and he nearly lost one lap when the caution lap occured. He would then fight for second with Firmin Velez Danka Spice SE88P Buick. Parker Johnstone only had to maintain his one lap lead over both pursuers. David Tennyson Spice SE90P Ferrari was able to secure a well deserved second place finish over Firmin Velez and Ken Knott Buick powered car.