Sunday
Jun102007

TEAM NEWS: Baas and White Finish Where They Start In Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

Photo by John Thawley WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 9 - After six hours of grueling competition, Ian

Baas of Noblesville, Ind., and Mark White of Waunakee, Wis., finished in the same

position they started - 14th - in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex

Series race at Watkins Glen International Saturday.

Under perfect weather conditions at the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course, the

pair kept Bob Miller's At Speed Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup car going throughout

the six-hour race. They both drove consistently, and on lap 44 Baas was able

to record a lap that was even faster than the 1:56.925 he ran in qualifying.

The team's fastest lap of the race was Baas' 1:56.059 on lap 44, at an average

of 105.464 miles per hour.

Baas drove the first hour and 45 minutes of the race, White handled things in

the middle, and Baas drove the last hour and 20 minutes of the race in the

blue No. 28, which advertised Celette and Duraform. Team owner Miller ended up

not driving in this event, which was broadcast live on SPEED. White ended up

doing more laps than was planned when Baas didn't feel well after his first

stint, but Baas toughed it out and he was in the car at the end.

The start of the race had everyone in the At Speed Motorsports' pits

cheering. Baas started 14th, but he vaulted to fourth in the first few minutes due to

great driving, team strategy and pit work.

There is a Grand-Am rule that at least one pit stop must be made within the

first 45 minutes of competition, and the team decided to get that out of the

way under a full-course caution at the start after Patrick Long and Scott Pruett

got into the gravel in the Bus Stop in separate incidents. Baas had already

moved up several positions due to his great start, but he bolstered that by a

few more when the crew got him out of the pits faster than some of his rivals,

and he returned to the fray in fourth place.

For most of the race the car ran anywhere from 17th to eighth in class.

Baas didn't have any contact with anyone during his stints, but White was

pushed off the track by David Donohue's Daytona Prototype at the

4-hour-and-25-minute mark to bring out a full-course caution. Baas did have to deal with an

oil leak during the last 45 minutes of the race.

The team of Andy Lally, Spencer Pumpelly and R.J. Valentine won the GT class

in a TRG Porsche GT3 Cup car.

Baas will also compete in two SPEED World Challenge Touring Car races here at

the Glen this weekend; one later tonight and the other on Sunday. He drives

the STaSIS Motorsport Audi A4 No. 18 in that series. Both of those races will

be broadcast on SPEED on Saturday, June 30 beginning at 2 p.m. ET. He'll

start 14th in tonight's race and 13th tomorrow.

Baas' next Rolex Series races are at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in

Lexington, Ohio June 21-24 and at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach,

Fla. on July 5. Right after that he'll travel to Exhibition Place in Toronto

for another SPEED World Challenge Touring Car race July 7-8.

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