Mid-Ohio: Planet Earth Motorsports race report

ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport Gives Home Crowd Big Finish Lexington, Ohio - The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports team gave their home crowd a big win this weekend at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Wayne and Joe Nonnamaker started off in the ...

ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport Gives Home Crowd Big Finish

Lexington, Ohio - The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports team gave their home crowd a big win this weekend at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Wayne and Joe Nonnamaker started off in the driver seats of the No. 41 and No. 42 cars. Will eventually replaced his father Joe on lap 35. In a race only ninety minutes from their home, the Nonnamaker family finished first and sixth in the Super Grand Sport class.

A discrepancy during tech placed Wayne Nonnamaker second to last in the starting grid even after placing first in qualifying. Wayne battled his way through the Super Grand Sport Class running in the second position only after six laps into the race. Then with only thirty minutes down he moved into the lead.

Yellow flags emerged through the entire race and allowed competition to quickly approach Wayne in the No. 41 car. The TPC Racing No. 36 and No. 38 cars gave Wayne the most oppositional run for the podium on Saturday night. The same tech problems seen by the No. 41 car were also problematic for the TPC Racing No. 36 car. Astonishingly enough, both cars fought their way up to the front.

TPC drivers Mike Levitas, Andy Lally, JF Dumoulin, and Marc Bunting were at the heels of the No. 41car but were not able to over take it at any point in the race. In a solo effort Wayne led the race for two hours and forty five minutes. During the last three laps of the race spectators saw an amazing effort by Wayne to remain in the lead with the two TPC cars fighting to get in front. Finally, the No. 41 car took the checkered flag in an exhausting finish.

Joe and Will Nonnamaker's effort was extremely strong despite being struck early in the race. The No. 41 car completed the race sixth in the Super Grand Sport class.

"They are both great drivers. I am really proud of both of my sons. Wayne taking the entire race himself and Will doing so well after over a month off," Joe stated.

The Mid Ohio Road Racing Classic was Will's first race back after breaking his arm in June.

"Although I was unable to drive, I utilized this time to really get into shape. I am going to stick with it in order to be ready for the Daytona 24 hour race," Will commented.

As for Wayne this is his second first place finish in Grand American Rolex competition. He finished first at Daytona in another solo effort.

"TPC was really coming on strong. Those last three laps it was really difficult to keep them back and I was really drained. We had over a month off to really be ready for this race and the crew did an excellent job. It was great to do this in front of our friends and family," Wayne added.

Phoenix ProMotions is the company responsible for the ORISON Planet Earth Motorsports effort. The 2004 season marks their 20th anniversary in professional racing. The victory marked their 50th win and 150th professional sportscar racing podium.

The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport team will race again at Watkins Glen International Speedway in the Sahlen's 200 event on August 13th. Learn more about the ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport effort at www.P-E-M.com.

-pem-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Nonnamaker , Will Nonnamaker , Joe Nonnamaker , Andy Lally , Marc Bunting