David Pintaric, Trans Am Watkins Glen pole setter. If you were to ask Pintaric, he’d tell you those were words he dreamed about as a fan, racing fantasies played out in his head again and again; thinking that one day Pintaric would be next to Kendall, Sharp, Schroeder, Tullius and Donohue. And that is what is was, a dream—at least until today. Unlike other racing fans Pintaric finds himself in an interesting position—his dream came true.
Pintaric set a time of 1:50.141 in the #57 Kryderacing/WRP Investments Chevrolet Corvette just beating out Paul Fix and the #4 StopFlex/Beebe Racing/PME/Lamers Chevrolet Corvette, who timed in at 1:50.161. Pintaric’s time was just two tenths of a second off of the track record.
“The gap between Paul and I, that just shows the quality of the competition,” Pintaric said. “It makes you feel like you earned something. The closer the times are the more rewarding it is.”
Pintaric has finished fourth in the last two Trans Am races, just missing out on podium. He sees Watkins Glen as an opportunity to break into the top three.
“I like this track a lot. I’ve raced here countless times; I’ve had success in the dry, success in the wet—but I’m going to let the race come to me. It’s 100 miles. A lot of things can happen. Patience is going to be key—we’ll see what happens.”