US Vintage Grand Prix at Watkins Glen Sept 6-8, 2019

Eight (8) Corvettes in top 10 at the Dick Mooney Memorial race for Group 6 at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix

Watkins Glen Grand Prix Logo
Watkins Glen Grand Prix Logo

Photos thanks to Rich Martin, Howard Cohen

# 59 Peter Klutt, # 11 Edward Sevadjian and # 969 Michael Origer were 1-2-3 in 6AP.

Peter Klutt at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix
Peter Klutt at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix
Edward Sevadjian at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix
Edward Sevadjian at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix
Michael Origer at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix
Michael Origer at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix

The top 6 Corvettes started farther back because Peter Klutt led them adrift via an off-course excursion on the pace lap of the qualifying race.  

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They moved up quickly so Dick Mooney must be smiling from above and wife Pam relieved.

# 33 Mike Donohue, # 42 Rick Mooney, # 37 Clair Schwendeman in small blocks finished 5-6-7.  (Stewart Black’s crew had a spare tranny on hand for repairs).

Mike Donohue at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Mike Donohue at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Rick Mooney at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Rick Mooney at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Clair Schwendeman at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Clair Schwendeman at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Ray Zisa’s # 4 WC Corvette won Group 12a.  Pictured in race re-enactment on original 6.6-mile circuit on public roads.
Ray Zisa’s # 4 WC Corvette won Group 12a. Pictured in race re-enactment on original 6.6-mile circuit on public roads.
Bill Schwacke’s # 55 Corvette won Group 4.
Bill Schwacke’s # 55 Corvette won Group 4.
Jeff Bernatovich in his completely re-built # 90 C4 GT1 Corvette by Tommy Riggins finished 2nd in maiden outing in Group 10.
Jeff Bernatovich in his completely re-built # 90 C4 GT1 Corvette by Tommy Riggins finished 2nd in maiden outing in Group 10.
John “Babe” Branscomb in his ex-Troy Flis # 38 C5 Grand Am followed in 3rd.
John “Babe” Branscomb in his ex-Troy Flis # 38 C5 Grand Am followed in 3rd.

Back to Group 6, # 59 Bernie Chodosh overcooked it trying to pass Gary Moore’s fast Mustang GT350 and crashed out in turn 1.

Bernie Chodosh at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Bernie Chodosh at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Bernie Chodosh at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Bernie Chodosh at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019

Re-appearing after a spell were # 28 Chris Fennell, # 65 Brian Cooper, # 33 Bob Lima.

Chris Fennell at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Chris Fennell at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Brian Cooper at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Brian Cooper at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Bob Lima at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Bob Lima at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019

Back to Group 10, # 38 John Wolff in Dan Furey’s ex C5 GT1 and # 33 Joe Moholland GT2.

John Wolff in Dan Furey’s ex C5 GT1 at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
John Wolff in Dan Furey’s ex C5 GT1 at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Joe Moholland GT2 at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Joe Moholland GT2 at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019

Footnote:  Pre-race engine problems resulted in a DNS for # 46 Jody O’Donnell, robbing the Dick Mooney Memorial race of “what could have been.”

Jody O’Donnell at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019
Jody O’Donnell at the Watkins Glen US Vintage Grand Prix 2019

(Each month in Vette Vues Magazine Jan Hyde brings readers up to date on that latest in Corvette racing in his column Keepin’ Track.

Keepin’ Track reports reflect VUES gained first hand from credible sources that may vary from reports found elsewhere.)


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