Watkins Glen Pre-race News and Notes
Event/Date: CHEEZ-IT 355 (August 11, 2013)
Track: Watkins Glen International, NY
Track Length: 2.45 miles
Race Distance: 220.5 miles (90 laps)
Tune in: ESPN at 1pm ET
Mooresville, NC (August 8, 2013) - Heading to the second and final road course race of the season, Tommy Baldwin Racing welcomes back Victor Gonzalez Jr. as a teammate with Dave Blaney at Watkins Glen International.
After making his debut in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in June, Gonzalez Jr. will be back behind the wheel of the No. 36 Chevrolet. Making headlines earlier in the season for being the first Caribbean born driver to compete in the series, he is looking forward to continuing to make history in the sport. On board his No. 36 Chevy this weekend, is IMCA along with Mobil 1, a sponsor that has supported his career throughout other racing series.
Dave Blaney, piloting the No. 7 Chevrolet, is coming off a solid run at Pocono where he finished 23rd. After several weeks of bad luck, the team is looking to continue building on the momentum from Pocono with a strong finish at The Glen.
Watkins Glen International is the second road course race on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. With eleven turns in the course, drivers prepare for a weekend of not only left but right as well.
Blaney on racing at Watkins Glen: “Coming off a decent run at Pocono Raceway, we are looking to continue the momentum going into Watkins Glen. The No. 7 team has been working hard to get the car ready for this weekend and we look forward to taking some left and right turns this weekend.”
Gonzalez Jr. on racing at Watkins Glen: “I’m looking forward to Watkins Glen this weekend. I got a great crew, a great crew chief with Joe Lax and it’s all thanks to Tommy Baldwin. I’m blessed to have the opportunity to race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series again.”
Blaney by the numbers: Blaney has 11 starts at the New York road course. His average finish is 32.5.
Gonzalez Jr. by the numbers: This is the first race for Victor Gonzalez Jr. at Watkins Glen. He has one previous Cup start, racing at Sonoma earlier this year.
Did you know?: Victor Gonzalez Jr. has competed in several top racing series including the NASCAR Nationwide Series and the 24 Hours of Daytona.