SCC: Laguna Seca: Fenton Motorsports preview

Fenton Acuras race back-to-back at Laguna and Phoenix in Grand-Am Cup "We're back to a proper race track," says Matt Plumb With a fluke component breakage behind them, the Bill Fenton Motorsports pair of two Acura RSX Type S race cars is ready...

Fenton Acuras race back-to-back at Laguna and Phoenix in Grand-Am Cup

"We're back to a proper race track," says Matt Plumb

With a fluke component breakage behind them, the Bill Fenton Motorsports pair of two Acura RSX Type S race cars is ready for Saturday's Grand-Am Cup race at Laguna Seca Raceway, and the following weekend's race in Phoenix.

A Grand-Am Cup series record field for Laguna Seca, 76 cars, is scheduled to take the green flag Saturday at 5:45 p.m. ET for 200 miles around the 2.238-mile raceway nestled on a hillside outside of Monterey, Calif.

"In our Street Tuner class alone, we'll have 32 cars, which is seven more than we had here last year," said team owner Bill Fenton, of the Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles cars, who will step aside from his driving duties this weekend and turn over the steering wheel to Mike Liebl of Keene, N.H.

"Mike and Bob Beede (Washington, DC) did a great job at Daytona finishing fifth in our class, and I think they can do even better this weekend. We're not going to have the Biblical downpour of rain to worry about as we did at VIR two weeks ago. That was a factor which ruined or made the race for many teams. Both this race, and Phoenix, will be warm and dry, and I feel Laguna's configuration will work well with our Acuras."

"This is a proper, world-class race track," noted Matt Plumb, Newport, R.I., who will share the team's second Acura with his brother, Hugh, of Chadds Ford, Pa.

"Both Hugh and I have raced at Laguna in Barber Dodge Pro Series cars, and I won the 2001 season finale there," he added. "This will be my first race there in a sports car, but Hugh has raced there in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series, American Le Mans Series and finished second and third in the 1999-2000 Speed World Challenge races."

"I love the track and the whole Monterey area. The combination of turns coming off the Corkscrew downhill is just awesome."

"The Chevrolet Cobalts got a huge break at Virginia because none of their cars crashed or had any mechanical problems," added Fenton. "All the top Acura, BMW and Mazda teams, who are the primary contenders for the Manufacturer's Championship, either crashed or had something silly happen to their cars. Matt and Hugh's car, for example, broke an oil line fitting where the oil cooler line connects to the engine block. In five years of racing Honda and Acura cars with oil coolers, that's never happened, but it did and it spoiled their race."

-fm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Bill Fenton , Matt Plumb