WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Drivers convened at Watkins Glen International over Labor Day weekend for two days of competitive racing in the latest round of the Saleen Cup – a single-make “arrive and drive” racing series hosted by California-based Saleen Automotive.
Designed to demonstrate the capabilities of the new Saleen 1 turbocharged 450 horsepower sports car, the Saleen Cup offers turnkey racing for drivers in two distinct classes – a Pro-Amateur (“Pro-Am”) class for experienced drivers and a “Young Drivers” class, which gives prospective young drivers an opportunity to start a career in professional motorsports.
Brandon Davis of Sonoma, Calif. and Eric Powell of Orlando, Fla. stood atop the podium in the “Pro-Am Drivers” class during races on Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1, while Austin Riley of Uxbridge, Ontario Canada and Hanna Zellers of Granger, Ind. took top honors in the “Young Drivers” class.
Watkins Glen Results – Saturday, August 31:
- First Place – (#7) Eric Powell
- Second Place – (#9) Martina Kwan
- Third Place – (#2) Bryce Miller
- First Place – (#12) Austin Riley
- Second Place – (#18) Carter Fartuch
- Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence
Watkins Glen Results – Sunday, September 1:
- First Place – (#14) Brandon Davis
- Second Place – (#4) Paul Terry
- Third Place – (#6) Johan Schwartz
- First Place – (#71) Hanna Zellers
- Second Place – (#12) Austin Riley
- Third Place – (#19) Cameron Lawrence
The Watkins Glen races are the second of four events in the 2019 Saleen Cup schedule, and which marks the return to motorsports for Saleen Automotive, led by legendary racing driver and high-performance vehicle pioneer Steve Saleen.
“From day one, the Saleen Cup has served as a development series for both our new Saleen 1 model and our team drivers – and Watkins Glen was a proving ground for both,” said Steve Saleen, CEO and founder of Saleen Automotive. “Our drivers and crew worked very hard to make the races here a success, and we’re already looking forward to the next round at Road America later this month.”
The Saleen Cup delivers a professional-quality racing experience, with a grid of fully prepared Saleen 1 Cup Cars featuring Iconic, Contemporary and Saleen racing liveries in bold, designer colorways. Full trackside support and hospitality amenities add to the professional-level racing experience. The Saleen Cup is presented via a partnership with SRO Motorsports Group, and runs concurrently with the Blancpain GT World Challenge America. Trackside tire support for the entire Saleen Cup is provided by series sponsor Continental Tires.
In addition to offering prospective drivers and enthusiasts a turnkey, once-in-a-lifetime racing opportunity, the category champions in the Saleen Cup will each secure a factory seat driving in Saleen’s GT4 entry for the entire 2020 season. The Saleen Cup schedule includes four events in total, including upcoming rounds at Road America (Wis.) Sept. 20-22, and a grand finale event in Las Vegas, Oct. 18-20.
For more information on the Saleen Cup, visit www.SaleenCup.com.For more information on the Saleen 1 model, visit www.Saleen.com, or follow Saleen on social by using on Facebook at Facebook.com/Saleen, or by using @Saleen on Twitter and @Saleen on Instagram.
About Saleen Automotive, Inc.
Saleen is dedicated to transforming the transportation experience. For over 35 years, the California-based automotive manufacturer has redefined driving through high-performing vehicles that combine championship-winning racing pedigree with innovative technology and distinctive styling.
From the first Saleen Mustang in 1984 to the legendary S7 in 2000 and the groundbreaking new Saleen 1, founder Steve Saleen has continually set the bar for vehicle design and performance engineering on streets and racetracks worldwide. In addition to its distinctive Saleen Signature and Saleen Original vehicle lines, Saleen offers a wide variety of technical parts, lifestyle accessories and apparel for those with a passion for performance. Learn more at www.saleen.com.