Josh Russell

Stars Drive 700HP Raybestos® ’64 GTO-R at Watkins Glen

Tommy Baldwin and Rutledge Wood among Test Drivers of Giveaway Car

Watkins Glen, NY — August 15, 2011 As a fun kickoff to the Watkins Glen race weekend, a few select NASCAR team customers and media personalities were invited by the manufacturers of Raybestos® Brakes to test drive the company’s new 2011 promotional giveaway vehicle:  a highly-customized 1964 Pontiac GTO built for road racing, powered by a 700 horsepower GM LSX 454 V8 engine, and equipped with Raybestos NASCAR-spec brakes.  Drivers were given the keys to the “race-ready but street-legal” vintage muscle car, strapped into the harness, and invited to pilot the GTO-R around the original 6.6 mile street circuit of the early 1950s Watkins Glen Grand Prix races.

“This thing’s awesome.  You can tell they lightened it up a lot.  Horsepower is awesome, transmission is smooth, brakes are obviously Raybestos, so they stop right on a dime…Nice car, very well built,” said Tommy Baldwin, Owner and Crew Chief of the No. 36 Tommy Baldwin Racing Chevrolet Impala.

Raybestos customers, race fans, and muscle car enthusiasts can enter to win the Raybestos ’64 GTO-R through September 15th by visiting

“When you have a lot of power, you have to be able to stop – and that’s not always on everybody’s mind when they build a car,” said Rutledge Wood, NASCAR RaceDay analyst on SPEED TV and host of History Channel’s Top Gear USA.  “You all started with that, and went the other way – so it’s crazy to be able to get in there and push it, and have all that… It’s awesome.  I’m going to be smiling for weeks.  That was so insane… I’m so impressed by it!”

A comprehensive feature article on the Raybestos ’64 GTO-R appears in the upcoming October 2011 issue of Hot Rod Magazine, which is scheduled to hit newsstands in mid-August.

The lessons learned on tracks at places like Watkins Glen are continually translated into product improvements across the entire Raybestos product line, which include racing, street performance, police patrol/pursuit vehicles and heavy-duty trucks.

Raybestos® brand brake parts are produced by affiliated companies in Affinia’s Global Brake & Chassis Group, the leading manufacturer of braking systems in the transportation industry. The Raybestos brakes product line includes everything from brake drums to rotors, pads, shoes, calipers and hydraulic parts. Raybestos brand racing brakes are used by premier teams such as Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Earnhardt Ganassi, and Tommy Baldwin Racing in NASCAR® competition. In addition, the Raybestos brand is the preferred racing brake pad of IZOD® IndyCar® Series and Firestone® Indy Lights road and street course competition. For more information about Raybestos brakes, visit or call 800-323-0354.

Affinia Group Inc. is an innovative global leader in the design, manufacture, distribution and marketing of industrial grade products and services, including extensive offerings of aftermarket parts for automotive and heavy-duty vehicles. With approximately $2.0 billion in annual revenue, Affinia has operations in North and South America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit