WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. - The Heart of Racing drivers Ian James (Phoenix) and Mario Farnbacher (Germany) will start fifth in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship GTD class for Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International.
IMSA officials cancelled today's TUDOR qualifying due to rain and standing water throughout the 11-turn, 3.4-mile road course. As a result of the cancellation, the No. 23 Heart of Racing Porsche 911 was positioned on tomorrow's starting grid by driver points, which James and Farnbacher are currently fifth in GTD.
James thought IMSA officials made a good call in cancelling today's 15-minute qualifying session.
"There's a lot of standing water out there," James said. "It's kind of dangerous. So, it was the right call [to cancel qualifying]. Tomorrow, we'll go out there and do the best we can in [similar] conditions. To be honest, Mario and I like racing in the rain. We're up for it. I think it's going to be wet, dry, wet, dry. Let's see what we can get done. We will start off fifth because that's our championship position right now."
Despite the rain, Farnbacher was actually looking forward to qualifying in the rain because he has a lot of experience in Europe racing under wet conditions. The fact is, James and Farnbacher are both pretty good in the rain. The duo won the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park in similar conditions a month ago.
"I would have rather gone out [for qualifying]," Farnbacher said. "I'm used to driving and qualifying in Europe. It's new to me to be cancelling qualifying because of rain. The weather forecast for tomorrow says there's like a 60 or 70 percent chance of rain. So, it will be slippery for sure. It might be a lot like Detroit [where it rained]. I guess we'll see. It's a long race. A lot can happen in six hours."
"Mario and Ian are ready," Alex Job, team owner, said. "In practice they were third on the time sheet Friday in the dry and I know that Mario is probably doing a rain dance for tomorrow. We are on a really good run with the 23 Heart of Racing Porsche, on the podium the last three races and we want to keep that momentum going."
The Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen will be broadcast live from 10 a.m. (ET) to 2 p.m. on Fox Sports 1. Race fans will then need to switch over to continuing live coverage on Fox Sports 2 at 2 p.m. through the end of the race.
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