A familiar driver at Watkins Glen International vintage events, Doc Bundy of Flowery Branch, Georgia, won Sunday’s New York Governor’s Cup race against 10 other competitors in historic Formula One race cars. The race was the highlight of the weekend for many spectators and participants at the 2012 Glenora Wine Cellars U.S. Vintage Grand Prix presented by Welliver.
Mr. Bundy drove car #5, a Lotus 79 driven in period by Jean-Pierre Jarier in the 1978 U.S. Grand Prix at The Glen, according to the Elmira Star-Gazette. The driver credited the Regogo Racing team of Dallas in bringing the car back to the track. He posted a quickest lap time of 1:48.892 in the 12-lap race on the 3.370-mile circuit track.
The racer beat out Eric Lang in the #51 1979 Tyrrell F1 who finished second and James King, #9 in his 1976 March 761, who placed third. Other finish positions in the race, according to SVRA, were as follows:
- 4th: Bud Moeller, #22 Ensign N-179
- 5th: Chris MacAllister, #1 Ferrari 312 T2
- 6th: Steve Cook, #91 March 741
- 7th: Phil Gumpert, #16 Shadow F1
- 8th: Greg Galdi, #14 Tyrrell 009
- 9th: John Goodman (completing 11 laps), #4 Ferrari 312 B2
- 10th: Rick Carlino (completing 9 laps), #41 March 811
- 11th: Keith Frieser, #17 Shadow DNI
Doc Bundy was emotional in an interview on the grid before the race, saying that the 1970s was his favorite and most memorable era of racing. He attended drivers’ school at The Glen and watched Formula One cars race there, so to drive a Formula 1 car that competed in the U.S. Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in 1978 was very special indeed.
He said that no matter how the race would go, he would drive every lap “with a smile on my face” because of how special the opportunity was for him. The smiling continued after the race was done, however, when he lifted the first place trophy in Gatorade Victory Lane after it had been handed to him by special guest, IndyCar driver, Lyn St. James.
Over the course of the weekend, drivers of vintage race cars in 10 different groups competed for medals and trophies. Groups included Indy Lights cars and F5000s; Pre-war era race cars; sports racers; and groups including MGs and mini-Coopers. The featured marque for the weekend was the Ford Mustang which made its public debut at the Watkins Glen track 50 years ago in 1962.
Watkins Glen International is located in Watkins Glen, NY, 80 miles south of Rochester.
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