2024 GTD Six Hours of the Glen Post Race Report

Graham Doyle successfully took his first starting stint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, taking the green flag and managing to stay on the lead lap during the opening stint.

2024 GTD Six Hours of the Glen Post Race Report

The Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti (WTRAndretti) No. 45 DEX Imaging Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 survived a chaotic Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, weathering a variety of track conditions and finishing as the top Lamborghini in 15th place of the GTD class.

 

Graham Doyle successfully took his first starting stint in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, taking the green flag and managing to stay on the lead lap during the opening stint.

 

Danny Formal took over the reins from Doyle after just shy of two hours of intense racing and was quickly on the pace. Formal showed the speed of the No. 45 DEX Imaging machine, but multiple cautions prevented the full-season co-driver from making significant progress through the field before handing the car to Kyle Marcelli.

 

Once Marcelli took over, rain was quick to follow. The summer weather at Watkins Glen International quickly changed the flow of the race, and the WTRAndretti crew was quick to react, making decisive strategy calls for tires. However, the red flag for standing water from the heavy rain halted the crew’s strategic progress, leaving very little green flag racing left in the six-hour event.

 

A quick call by the WTRAndretti team to get Formal back in the car as the field resumed racing action allowed the team to complete all drive time requirements and the Costa-Rican driver saw the checkered flag for the endurance classic.

 

The No. 45 DEX Imaging Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 team will head north to Ontario, Canada for the Chevrolet Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on July 12-14, 2024.


No. 45 DEX Imaging Lamborghini Huracán GT3 EVO2 Drivers

Kyle Marcelli: “Challenging day here at Watkins Glen International. As expected, it was going to be hot and humid and have summertime thunderstorms. We had a mix of everything today, and it was, of course, a very challenging six-hour race. Looking at the positives, we were the top-finishing Lamborghini, taking the checkered flag, our car was in one piece. It was just tough to make the right call at the right time, and a few times we did, situations and circumstances outside of our control just didn’t go our way. Overall, the No. 45 DEX Imaging WTRAndretti guys executed the best they could. I think we have a really good car. We showed pretty good pace today, and I’m really looking forward to the next round in Canada. I think that elusive first win is just around the corner.”

 


Danny Formal: “This is my second year doing the Six Hours of The Glen, and it’s crazy every year. It’s one of the shorter endurance races we have, and it’s one of the craziest. Today with a red flag that stopped the race for about 45 minutes, it became very hard for every driver in GTD to complete their drive time. The team did a great strategy and took care of the car and got me my drive time right in time. It was pretty awesome to be able to manage that when a lot of teams weren’t able to. The car was in a great window and we got everything out of the race car, and the team worked fantastically - everyone at WTRAndretti, DEX Imaging and Lamborghini Squadra Corsa. That No. 45 was on rails on the last stints when Kyle and I were on dry tires. The car was mega. And Graham Doyle starting his first race ever, he did fantastic. Obviously, some nerves, but he overcame them and did a fantastic job. I’m incredibly proud of this team and we never give up. It’s not the result we wanted, but we got championship points, we finished, and we’ll keep moving forward to Mosport.”

 

 

Graham Doyle: “First off, starting my first IMSA event ever was pretty cool. It was great to get it out of the way, and surely something I’ll fondly look back on. We had a good start. We have a really good race car, thanks to WTRAndretti and DEX Imaging team, which factored into the successful double stint I had. I stayed on the lead lap and did everything I was hoping to do. I was consistent. Kyle and Danny did a great job, driving in the different track conditions and earning key championship points.”





ABOUT WTRANDRETTI
Andretti Global and Wayne Taylor Racing announced a new, long-term partnership in 2023 that combines the resources of the two championship-caliber teams to compete in IMSA’s top classes. In 2024, Wayne Taylor Racing with Andretti (WTRAndretti) has expanded to a two-car GTP program as well as competes in the GTD class. Coming off its 2023 championship winning effort, WTRAndretti continues its Driver Development Program competing in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series with a full stable.


WTRAndretti’s global motorsports enterprise boasts two IMSA driver championships (2013 and 2017), and back-to-back IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup Championships (2020, 2021) which contributed to nine IMSA manufacturer championships for Acura, Pontiac, Corvette and Cadillac. In its brief 17-year history, WTRAndretti has accumulated multiple victories in sportscar racing’s most iconic events: Rolex 24 At Daytona, Twelve Hours of Sebring, Petit Le Mans, Mid-Ohio, Road America and the Six Hours of The Glen. With its back-to-back PRO Class Championship wins (2022, 2023), WTR also has ten North America Lamborghini Super Trofeo Championship titles and a Lamborghini World Finals title.


Andretti Global, a Championship-winning motorsports organization, competes in additional racing categories worldwide, including the NTT INDYCAR SERIES, ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, Extreme E, Australian Supercars and the Mexico SuperCopa Championship. Additionally, the racing enterprise commits to driver development through competition in INDY NXT by Firestone and through support of Sebastian and Oliver Wheldon’s racing careers.


WTRAndretti’s long term partnerships include Lamborghini Squadra Corse, DEX Imaging, Harrison Contracting Company and Gainbridge.