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Watkins Glen 6 hours

Watkins Glen Grand Prix Course, Watkins Glen, New York, USA

Date: 7/7/1979
Track length: 5.435 m
Attendance:
Entries accepted: 54
Starters: 43
Finishers: 23, 20 classified

Pole position: Stommelen in 1.50,354 = 177,294 kmh
Fastest lap: Stommelen in 1.54,763 = 17,482 kmh

Distance: 6 hours
Average speed: 158,440 kmh
Weather: Warm and dry
Ruleset: Group 1-5/76
Car info: 1979 Cars

 

Ludwig did not share a normal K3 with the Whittington brothers this time; these brothers had demolished their car a week ago so a car had to be built from a spare and Kremer’s spare parts suitcase. Stommelen shared a car with Barbour and Newman, but while the Germans were more or less from the same level, the Whittington brothers were clearly faster than Stommelen’s copilots. One of them smashed the car in the armco during the race, so they could finish second - behind Ludwig & Co.
The works March built BMW M1 had to pit for 30 minutes, but to no avail: the car retired with electrical problems.


Overall result
Pos Pos in class # Team / Entrant
Car- Engine
Drivers, Nationality Engine
vol. (cc)
Engine
Type
Group Distance,
time
Qualifying position Qualifying time Fastest lap Reason out,
remarks
1 1/1 94 Whittington Brothers
Porsche 935 K3
Don Whittington, USA
Klaus Ludwig, D
Bill Whittington, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2 175 laps, 6:00.0,97 2 1.50,763    
2 2/2 70 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935
Rolf Stommelen, D
Dick Barbour, USA
Paul Newman, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2 171 1 1.50,354 1.54,763  
3 1 71 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935
Rob McFarlin, USA
Roy Woods, USA
Bob Akin, USA
2857 tc B6 TransAm II 170 9 1.57,38    
4 3/3 20 Andial Porsche Service
Porsche 935
Elliot Forbes-Robinson, USA
Raldolph Townsend, USA
Brett Lunger, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2 169 4 1.53,279    
5/NRF 4/4 6 CMR Inc.
Porsche 935
Charles Mendez, USA
Paul Miller, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2 167 10 1.57,654    
6 2 18 JLP Racing
Porsche 935 JLP-1
John Paul Sr, USA
Al Holbert, USA
  B6 TransAm II 167 7 1.54,418    
7 1/1 44 JRT/Quaker State
Triumph TR8
Bob Tullius, USA
Brian Fuerstenau, USA
3528 V8 Group 4/TransAm I 162 20 2.06,159    
8 3 95 Whittington Brothers
Porsche 935-79
Bill Whittington, USA
Brian Redman, GB
Johnny Rutherford, USA
  B6 TransAm II 161 8 1.56,651    
9 4 72 Dick Barbour
Porsche 935
Skeeter McKitterick, USA
Joe Marcus, USA
Bob Garretson, USA
  B6 TransAm II 161 16 2.00,684    
10 5/5/5 5 K.W.M. Racing
BMW 3.5 CSL
Kenper Miller, USA
Dave Cowart, USA
3498 L6 Group 5/Div. 2/TransAm II 161 18 2.02,613    
11 6 38 Boricua Racing
Porsche Carrera RSR
Bonky Fernandez, PR
Tato Ferrer, PR
2994 B6 TransAm II 160 24 2.07,936    
12 7 97 Framm Promotions
Porsche Carrera RSR
Roger Schramm, USA
Werner Frank, USA
2994 B6 TransAm II 158 25 2.09,099    
13 8 66 Stanton/Barbour
Porsche 935
Tuck Thomas, USA
Norm Ridgely, CDN
Bob Kirby, USA
  B6 TransAm II 155 19 2.02,777    
14 2 92 E.F. Miller
Chevrolet Corvette
Sam Feinstein, USA
Michael Oleyar, USA
Nick Engels, USA
7440 V8 TransAm I 149 44 no time    
15 3 43 Phantom Racing
Chevrolet Corvette
Frank Joyce, USA
Tom Frank, USA
7440 V8 TransAm I 144 23 2.07,370    
16 4 21 Oftedahl Racing
Chevrolet Camaro
John Wood, USA
Mario Gomez, MEX
Carl Shafer, USA
  V8 TransAm I 144 40 2.16,907    
17 5 10 Oftedahl Racing
Chevrolet Camaro
John Huber, USA
Daniel Muniz, MEX
Miguel Muniz, MEX
  V8 TransAm I 142 26 2.09,112    
18 6 77  
Porsche 911 S
Bruce Jennings, USA
Bob Beasley, USA
Bill Bean, USA
  B6 TransAm I 142 41 no time    
19 7 29 Stratagraph Inc.
Chevrolet Monza
Hoyt Overbagh, USA
Billy Hagan, USA
5817 V8 TransAm I 140 39 2.18,301    
20 8 16 Tom’s Mechanical Emporium/Kassel Auto Parts
Chevrolet Camaro
Neil Kassel, USA
Thomas Roberts, USA
5736 V8 TransAm I 136 36 2.15,739    
21 9 25 Maier Racing, Inc.
Ford Mustang Mach 1
Bill Maier, USA
Art Siri Jr, USA
Ed Hinchliff, USA
4949 V8 TransAm I 126 38 2.16,604    
NC   90 Ryone Industries
Chevrolet Corvette
Thomas Ryone, USA
Neil Wiernicki, USA
Mike Wiernicki, USA
7000 V8 TransAm I 121 21 2.06,522    
DNF   13 Hal Shaw Racing
Porsche 935
Hal Shaw Jr, USA
Gary Belcher, USA
2857 tc B6 TransAm II 120 17 2.01,558   Oil leak
DNF   7 Heimrath Racing
Porsche 935
Ludwig Heimrath, CDN
Carlos Moran, ES
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2/TransAm II 117 11 1.57,806   Engine
DNF   80 Mo Carter
Chevrolet Camaro
Maurice Carter, CDN
Tony De Lorenzo, USA
  V8 TransAm II 115 14 1.59,726   Accident
DNF   47  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Jon McKnight, USA
Doug Lutz, USA
2994 B6 TransAm II 111 27 2.10,352   Ignition
NC   37 Kassel Auto Parts
Chevrolet Corvette
Paul Schulte, USA
John Cleveland, USA
5736 V8 TransAm I 105 35 2.15,289    
DNF   52  
Datsun 280Z
Robert Schuler, USA
David Schuler, USA
  L6 TransAm I 98 32 2.13,719    
DNF   3 BMW of North America, Inc
BMW M1
Jim Busby, USA
Manfred Winkelhock, D
David Hobbs, GB
3498 L6 Special 96 13 1.59,618   Electrics/accident?
DNF   55 Intrepid Design Inc.
Porsche Carrera ?RSR
Alan Howes, USA
David Sturtevant, USA
2994 B6 TransAm II 78 42 no time   Oil pressure
DNF   85 Bayside Disposal Racing
Porsche 935
Peter Gregg, USA
Hurley Haywood, USA
Bruce Leven, USA
  B6 TransAm II 72 3 1.52,657   Engine
DNF     Interscope Racing
Porsche 935-79
Ted Field, USA
Danny Ongais, USA
  B6 TransAm II 48 6 1.54,019   Accident
DNF   23 Metal Craft Racing
VW-Porsche 914/6
Bob Zulkowski, USA
Bernie Storc, USA
  B6 TransAm I 48 33 2.14,599    
DNF   30 University of Pittsburgh
AMC Javelin
Bob Fryer, USA
Ed Lowther, USA
  V8 TransAm I 48 30 2.12,596   Accident
DNF   57 Monte’s Motor Co.
Porsche 934/935
Neil Shelton, USA
Monte Shelton, USA
  B6 TransAm II 46 15 2.00,038   Accident
DNF   64 Endurance Racing Enterprises
Chevrolet Corvette
Bob Baechle, USA
Craig Carter, USA
7000 V8 TransAm I 25 43 no time   Overheating
DNF   65  
Chevrolet Corvette
Al Salerno, USA
Bob Lapane, USA
7440 V8 TransAm I 25 31 2.13,506   Oil leak
DNF   93 E.F. Miller
Chevrolet Corvette
Michael Oleyar, USA
Nick Engels, USA
7440 V8 TransAm I 18 34 2.14,892   Accident
DNF   51  
Chevrolet Corvette
Thomas Aquilante, USA
David Wolpert, USA
Wade White, USA
5736 V8 TransAm I 15 37 2.16,210   Engine
DNF   19  
Chevrolet Monza
Daniel Muniz, MEX
Carl Shafer, USA
5736 V8 TransAm II 10 12 1.58,434   Accident
DNF   09 Bayside Disposal Racing
Porsche 935-77A
Rick Mears, USA
Preston Henn, USA
Peter Gregg, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2 7 5 1.53,677   Fire
DNF   15 Motion Merchants
Chevrolet Corvette
James Mancuso, USA
David Kicak, USA
5736 V8 TransAm I 3 29 2.11,675   Accident
DNS   00 Interscope Racing
Porsche 935-77A
Danny Ongais, USA
Ted Field, USA
  B6 Group 5/Div. 2     no time   Spare car
DNS   98  
Porsche Carrera RSR
Larry Green, USA
John Bauer, USA
2994 B6 TransAm II   28 2.12,596