Cunningham Reaches Milestone In Victory At The Glen

Watkins Glenn International CunninghamWATKINS GLEN, N.Y. –

Peter Cunningham, of Milwaukee, Wis., extended his championship lead with a record-breaking milestone win at the World Challenge Grand Prix of Watkins Glen presented by Sunoco.
Cunningham’s World Challenge win at The Glen was his first.

In taking the GTS victory by more than one lap, Cunningham extended his World Challenge wins record to 35 in the No. 43 Acura/RealTime Racing Acura TSX. Despite more wins than anyone in the history of the Series, this was his first in World Challenge at Watkins Glen.

“My first pro win was here in June of 1987 in the 24 hour race, but it’s nice to get my first World Challenge win here,” Cunningham said. “It’s such a fun track, this long course is one of the most challenging in North America and we love it. Everything went without a hitch, so we didn’t have too much commotion other than the GT cars coming up and us passing the Touring Cars to lap them. Within GTS, I had my way today. The Acura ran great and I’m glad to have such a strong finish.”

Nick Esayian, of San Diego, Calif., earned his fourth podium and second runner-up finish of the season in the No. 34 Acura/Real Time Racing Acura TSX.

Ernie Jakubowski, of Oakville, Ontario, followed Esayian to the line in the No. 91 Fuchs/CDOC/Forgeline Porsche Cayman S to climb onto the podium in his World Challenge debut.

Aaron Poveledo finished fourth in the No. 44 Acura/RealTime Racing Acura TSX.

Cunningham now leads the GTS Drivers’ Championship with 701 points, 90 points ahead of Esayian. Acura also holds a commanding lead of Porsche in the Manufacturers’ Championship.

The World Challenge Championships return to action on the streets of Toronto, July 16-17.

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