Robinson Racing Tackles the Newly Repaved Watkins Glen this Weekend
May 14, 2016
For Round 3 of the Trans Am Series’ 50th Anniversary Season, Robinson Racing tackles the road course at Watkins Glen International in New York, which just debuted its new 3.40-mile surface.
The event kicked off with a rainy - and brief - testing session on Friday morning, followed by a second test session in the afternoon sunshine. The rain managed to stay away for the rest of the day.
Shane Lewis provided his assessment of the track after the day of testing. Having won several premier sports car events at the Glen in his career as an endurance racer, Lewis, now in his second full-time season competing in the Trans Am Series, races the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort.
“Before the $12 million estimated price tag had been divulged, I had heard rumors that the repave job was pretty expensive,” said Lewis. “After driving it, I feel it’s worth double the cost and was money well spent. It has probably made Watkins Glen International the best road course in North America.”
On Saturday, the TA2 class is back on track for practice at 8:50 am and qualifying at 1:45 pm, in preparation for the race on Sunday. The green flag for the TA2 Race Powered by AEM Performance Electronics waives at 9:20 am. The forecast calls for overcast and possibly rainy conditions for the Trans Am race day.
Gar Robinson, driver of the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort and the reigning Trans Am TA2 Champion, was also impressed with the track after the test sessions. Although he had been to the Glen many times as a spectator with his father, this is the first time Robinson races there.
“I have a new favorite race track as of this weekend,” said Robinson. “Having the power to go back up the hill and through the esses made it really feel incredible. You’re on the throttle so much here. There is no other track like this.”
About Robinson Racing
Robinson Racing is a motorsports organization based in Milford, Michigan, with two vehicles competing in the 2016 Trans Am Series. In the TA2 Class of the Trans Am Series, Robinson Racing runs the No. 74 Chevrolet Camaro, sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort and driven by Gar Robinson, winner of the 2015 Trans Am TA2 Championship and 2015 Rookie of the Year. The team also runs the No. 72 Chevrolet Camaro in the Trans Am Series, sponsored by 74 Ranch Resort and driven by renowned endurance champion Shane Lewis. The Team Owner and Gar Robinson's father, George Robinson is a former Trans Am driver, running in 46 races from 1988 to 1994 with one victory, eight top-five appearances and 24 top-ten showings. In addition to the Trans Am Series, George Robinson raced in IMSA, Grand Am, and ALMS, with 3 class wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring plus a Championship in the Ferrari Challenge. For more information, visit www.RobinsonRacingTeam.com.