Posted (07/05/2008) -
C-Max/Unitech Racing Looking for Repeat Win at Watkins Glen Gets Rebooted Instead-
After a lot of hard work by both the C-Max Racing crew and Bodymotion, the #26 C-Max Racing Porsche was completely repaired and ready for the upcoming race at the Glen. The engine problems that ended the #25's race at Mosport were also taken care of and both cars were set to repeat C-Max's win in the Koni Challenge at Watkins Glen in 2007.
The first day at the Glen featured setting up the paddock and a 2 hour practice session. Unfortunately, the rain started just about the time the practice session started. The C-Max team decided to sit out the downpours, avoiding potential damage to the cars. As the session was winding down and starting to dry, Kris took the #26 car out for a shake down lap and experienced an engine failure the first lap leaving the #25 car to defend the title.
After a successful practice session Friday morning, Dave Riddle took to the track to qualify the #25 car. He posted a very respectable 15th place effort, leaving the team perfectly positioned for a podium finish.
The green flag fell on the 70+ car field and Dave was off and running. On the first yellow flag restart Dave received a stop and go penalty for being aggressive on the restart and moving out of line. The penalty put the #25 at the back of the field but Dave steadily worked his way up through the field.
The next full course yellow put the team potentially within a fuel window to make it to the end of the race, so Dave brought in the car and Kris hopped in. Because they were one of the first teams to pit early, Kris cycled up through the field to 6th place. After passing 2 other cars, Kris settled into 4th place and had the 3rd place BMW covered easily.
During the restart of yet another full course yellow, Kris was taken out by a Mustang attempting an ill advised outside pass entering the bus stop, dropping Kris to 32nd. With the few remaining laps, Kris was able to climb to 20th. Kris recorded his best race lap and the 3rd fastest race lap overall on the last lap of the race.
Even though the race was a yellow flag fest and the #25 C-Max Porsche was beaten up by multiple competitors the te