DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Todd Lamb and Dave Thilenius gave Fenton Motorsports a fourth place finish in the Street Tuner class during Friday's Fresh from Florida 200, the opening round of the 2007 Grand-Am KONI Challenge season.
The race marked the first time that the drivers of the No. 27 Bill Fenton/Southern Auto Auction Acura RSX-S have competed at Daytona International Raceway, but they stayed near the top of the ST speed charts throughout the two-day event.
Thilenius started the three-hour race from the outside pole position, and during his stint he battled with the top cars. "Starting in the front row was pretty cool. It was nice to have a clear track ahead of me. It's a shame our other team car couldn't start the race -- we had been hoping to work together," said Thilenius, referring to the No. 29 Bill Fenton Acura piloted by Mike Liebl and Bob Beede, which had unexpected mechanical problems after qualifying fourth.
A long caution period after an hour of racing gave Thilenius the opportunity to pit for a driver change. Thanks to Crew Chief Steve Wheeler's pit strategy, Lamb returned to the track only ten spots down to teams that had yet to pit.
Lamb steadily worked his way back to the front during the remainder of the race, running as high as third at one point. On the final lap, Lamb was running fourth when another ST car passed him in the bus stop.
"He made a last-ditch pass, and I let him go because I didn't want to cause any carnage," said Lamb. "Then I got a run on him out of the bus stop. I faked right then dove left underneath him, running down onto the apron to avoid contact. We went three wide at the finish line, and I had enough of a slingshot to regain fourth."
The next KONI Challenge round for Fenton Motorsports will be at Homestead-Miami Speedway on April 15.