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Stoner Car Care Racing Ready to Roll at Watkins Glen

Stoner Car Care Racing Ready to Roll at Watkins Glen

29.06.2019: Watkins Glen International plays an important role in the family history of Stoner Car Care Racing fielded by Automatic Racing driver Rob Ecklin Jr. The Pennsylvania-based r

Watkins Glen International plays an important role in the family history of Stoner Car Care Racing fielded by Automatic Racing driver Rob Ecklin Jr. The Pennsylvania-based racer added another chapter into that history on Friday has he put the No. 97 Invisible Glass Aston Martin Vantage GT4 in 15th position on the IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class grid for Saturday’s four-hour Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240.
 


Automatic Racing drivers Brandon Kidd, Ramin Abdolvahabi and Ecklin combined to put the new-for-2019 Aston Martin through its paces on the historic 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course. As temperatures reached a peak near 90 degrees during Friday’s late afternoon qualifying session, Ecklin put down a personal best time at the Finger Lakes circuit with a lap of 1:57.259-seconds.
 


Ecklin’s father was a senior executive at Corning Enterprises when the local company joined International Speedway Corporation to form Watkins Glen International, which enabled the historic track to resume competition in 1984. Rob Ecklin Jr., who now lives in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attended his first Skip Barber School at the track and began his racing career here in the school’s racing series. So to return behind the wheel of the No. 97 Stoner Car Care/Invisible Glass Aston Martin ranks as one of the season highlights.
 


“I came here many times to watch races as a child, and I’ve raced here a few times myself,” said Ecklin. “It’s very special, and it’s great to have my dad here this weekend. It has been an interesting two days of running here, as the conditions have changed quite a bit from yesterday to today, and lap times are very temperature-dependent. We made some adjustments between the final practice and qualifying, and it helped – though I think there’s still time out there as I work on brake points and line adjustments. The new Aston Martin corners better, but with 200 pounds more than the previous version, it doesn’t pull away from the apex as well, but overall, it’s quick.”
 


Ecklin Jr. isn’t the only driver with a built-in cheering section, as Syracuse resident Kidd is another driver on the roster who has a close connection to the event. He will have over 40 family and friends in attendance as well as support from local 315 Brewery.


 
“It is great to have so many people here this weekend, I’m really excited about the race and hopefully everyone has a good time this weekend,” said Kidd.
 


The race is one of two long-distance events on the 2019 calendar as the team looks forward to gaining new data and experience with the all-new Aston Martin with a strong run up the charts on Saturday.
 


“In a four-hour race, if you’re quick and steady, you’ll gain positions,” said Ecklin, Jr. “I’m hoping to be in the top 10 at the end of my stint. I know there’s a chance of rain, but I’m not one to pay too much attention to the weather: I’ve driven here in full wet so I’m not concerned. We’ll adjust to the conditions and hope we adjust better than our competitors!”
 


Supporting the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen weekend, the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 takes the green flag at 1:55 p.m. Eastern on Saturday, live on IMSA.tv. NBCSN will broadcast a two-hour race recap on Thursday, July 11 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern.
 
 



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