Watkins Glen can attract an assortment of different drivers wanting to compete on the famed curves. Not even counting the usual cast of NASCAR XFINITY Series drivers, fans will get to see a couple of new drivers attempting to make the race like Nicolas Hammann and Scott Heckert.
Hammann is a road course specialist who mastered his skills winning karting championships on the hills of his home track Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
When he graduated to cars, he won the GT Academy that granted him access to training oversees, before returning to the United States to compete in one of the highest levels of sports car racing in the US, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in the Doran Racing Nissan 370Z. This weekend, the 23 year-old Hammann, will attempt to make his series debut in the No. 74 Dodge for car owner Mike Harmon.
Hamman will start the race from 36th
Scott Heckert, is a 21 year-old from Ridgefield, Connecticut, who spent 2015 driving the No. 34 Project Lifesaver Chevrolet for the HScott Motorsports with Justin Marks team in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East. Like Hammann, Heckert got his start in racing through karting and won titles in the Norwalk Karting Association and the highly competitive World Karting Association racing 4 stroke sprint karts in the Mid-Atlantic Region and National level. Heckert made his series debut earlier this season for car owner BJ McLeod at New Hampshire, starting 35th and racing up to a 26th-place finish. This weekend, Heckert will drive for Rick Ware in the No. 15 Ford.
Heckert will start the race from 17th
Thirteen WGI Newbies: Thirteen drivers will be attempting to make their NASCAR XFINITY Series track-debuts this weekend at Watkins Glen – Erik Jones, Brandan Jones, Ray Black Jr., Mario Gosselin, Spencer Gallagher, Nicolas Hammann, Scott Heckert, John Jackson, BJ McLeod, Brennan Poole, Ryan Preece, Garrett Smithley and Cody Ware.
Sprint Cup Drivers Entered At WGI: Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers are taking advantage of the extra track time on the new surface by entering this weekend’s Zippo 200 at the Glen – Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski, Joey Logano, Paul Menard, Kyle Larson, and Trevor Bayne.