Thursday, June 28, 2018

Earlier in January, Al Carter started his ninth season in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship. Carter competed in the first three rounds of the 2018 ICTSC season with Automatic Racing in the No. 99 Stoner Car Care / Invisible Glass / BarVision / / Rogue Engineering / Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

Following one of his best seasons ever, Carter, the 2017 winner of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Laguna Seca, built a very exciting and promising 2018 program that includes: Daytona, Sebring, Mid-Ohio, Watkins Glen, Laguna Seca and Road Atlanta.

Carter who won the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 2015 Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup championship in the GTD class, returns to Watkins Glen International in New York where he is set to take his 61st start in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Carter collected one of his most memorable racing wins at Watkins Glen International. In 2015, he and his co-drivers, Cameron Lawrence and Marc Goossens, won the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in the GTD class.

This weekend he is entered in the four-hour Continental Tire 240, where he will co-drive the No. 99 Automatic Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT4 Stoner Car Care / Invisible Glass / BarVision / / Rogue Engineering / Melbourne BMW with a new co-driver, Eric Lux, from Clarence, New York.

The 30-year-old Lux is not a new comer in the IMSA series, where he recently competed in an LMP2 prototype in the 2018 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Lux co-drove an Audi R8 Grand-Am GT in the Rolex Sportscar Series with Carter in 2013 in the season finale at Lime Rock. Lux has raced GT and prototypes since he started racing in 2005. Lux won the 2011 ALMS Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) championship and was elected “Rookie of the Year” the same season.

Carter loves Watkins Glen International, a track where he almost won last year in the ICTSC. On July 1, 2017, Carter was leading the ICTSC race at the Glen, with one lap to go, but missed the win he really deserved and finished seventh. This year, the driver from Greenville, Delaware, with his new teammate, Lux, wants to finish on top and is really looking for a second chance.

For this race, Carter's usual co-driver Steven Phillips, is unable to participate. Carter and all the Automatic Racing team are wishing him a speedy recovery and will definitely miss him this week.

“We’re approaching Watkins Glen this year with huge excitement, as well as a touch of sadness,” Carter said. “Last year, Watkins was a big race for our Automatic Racing Stoner Car Care Aston Martin. I was able to come up through the field, battling into the lead pack.  I was actually in the lead for the last 15 minutes, up until halfway around the white-flag lap. Hard racing knocked me off track. We didn’t get that win last year, but it put us on the path for some more podiums and eventually that first big win for Automatic Racing”.

“The sadness comes from my co-driver, Steven Phillips, who was involved in a racing incident in France and will be unable to participate with me this year. We’re lucky to get local hot shoe Eric Lux to come on board and carry the torch, as we expect to be competitive. Automatic Racing is also jazzed up, because we are going to have three Aston Martin’s participating this weekend. The weather is expected to be ridiculously hot, so the racing action should be about the same!”

Starting this afternoon, Carter and Lux will be behind the wheel of the No. 99 Stoner Car Care / Invisible Glass / BarVision / / Rogue Engineering / Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Carter is more motivated than ever and knows that he may have another opportunity to win on Saturday at a track that should be good for their V8 Aston Martin power.

The Continental Tire 240 at the Glen race will be televised on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, July 8, from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. EDT.

To follow Al Carter at Watkins Glen this week: (All times below are Eastern Daylight Time.)

Thursday, June 28: Continental Tire Challenge practice 1 at 2:05 p.m.

Friday, June 29:  Continental Tire Challenge practice 2 at 8 a.m. and practice 3 at 12:25 p.m., followed by GS qualifying at 8:45 a.m.

Saturday, June 30: The four-hour Continental Tire 240 at the Glen race is set to start at 1:55 p.m.

Follow the race live on the IMSA.TV website and on Al carter’s social media sites on Twitter @Alcarter3, on and his website