Wilkins, Frisselle take dramatic Rolex victory

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MONTREAL --- Canadian Mark Wilkins and Brian Frisselle won the Montreal 200 in the closest finish in Grand-Am Rolex Series history Friday, beating Christian Fittipaldi and Antonio Garcia by 0.064 seconds at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.

Wilkins piloted AIM Autosport's No. 61 Ford Riley -- the lone Canadian-owned team in the series -- to victory after leader Darren Law's No. 58 car ran out of fuel and slowed about 100 yards from the finish on the 2.71-mile, 14-turn course on Isle Notre Dame.

The first-time series winners led only the final yards. They averaged 92.402 mph for 69 laps in the two-hour race in front of about 50,000 fans.

"This feels fantastic and is exactly the result this team deserved!" Frisselle said.

Fittipaldi and Garcia, also out of fuel at the end, drove Cheever Racing's Pontiac Coyote. Law and David Donohue finished third in Law Brumos Racing's Porsche Riley.

TIRE TALK: Tires continued to dominate the mindset Friday as teams prepared for the Sunoco American Red Cross Pennsylvania 500.

The tires were so bad last week at Indianapolis, NASCAR vice president Robin Pemberton issued an apology on Tuesday.

Tires wore out in less than 10 laps, causing several blowouts and NASCAR-mandated cautions. The longest run during the Allstate 400 without a caution was just 13 laps.

"In retrospect, obviously the tire was not good enough," Jeff Burton said. "There's no other way to say it. My view of it is ultimately NASCAR has dedicated Goodyear (Tire and Rubber Co.) the tire that we're going to run means NASCAR has some responsibility. But ultimately the responsibility of the tire rests with Goodyear."

ARCA 200: Today's ARCA 200 at Pocono has several interesting storylines.

Not only is former Formula One driver Scott Speed on the pole, but Chrissy Wallace, daughter of Nationwide Series driver Mike Wallace, will be making her ARCA debut from fourth. Also in the field is Sprint Cup driver Aric Almirola in third and Chase Mattioli in 20th.

Mattioli is the grandson of Pocono owners Drs. Joseph and Rose Mattioli.


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