HRPWorld.com Racing wins at Mont Tremblant. North Canton, OH -- The weekend couldn't have went much better for the HRPWorld.com Racing effort. With the season winding down the team needs every point they can get to defend their Sports Touring II...
HRPWorld.com Racing wins at Mont Tremblant.
North Canton, OH -- The weekend couldn't have went much better for the HRPWorld.com Racing effort. With the season winding down the team needs every point they can get to defend their Sports Touring II Championship.
The weekend got off to a good start as Wayne Nonnamaker put the #41 King Motorsports Integra (with additional support from Orison Marketing LLC, EVAPO-RUST, and GOJO) on the pole position for the three hour race on Saturday. Peter Doane, a newcomer to the team also had an impressive effort putting the #42 King Motorsports Integra third on the grid.
When the race started at 2:15 PM on Saturday the skies were clear and the weather was beautiful. The team suffered through some bad luck at the most recent race at VIRginia when it rained, and clear skies were a welcome sight.
On lap two the challenge of the team's #44 King Motorsport Acura Integra LS came to an abrupt halt when it collided with the inside wall of turn one. Thankfully driver Tony Nuzzo was uninjured, but the car was too damaged to fix.
After the green came out, the #41 Integra built up a healthy margin over the second place #27 Integra, the team that the HRPWorld.com Racing effort is battling for the Championship.
"We were hoping that we could get a gap in the early stages of the race and then hopefully get a lap on the field with a timely yellow," commented Team Manager and Pit Strategist Bill Pate. "Both the second and the third caution of the day were just a few laps too late or our strategy would have worked."
The #41 had to make a stop under green flag conditions, but still managed to come out in the second place, only 30 seconds behind the leading #27, which still had to make a pit stop.
The team's big break in the Championship came on lap 56 when the #27 broke a hub and collided with the wall while Bob Beede was driving.
"It is unfortunate that the #27 had bad luck," commented Wayne Nonnamaker. "I would have liked to beat them on the track, but then again we have had our bad luck earlier this year so this evens it out a little.
"I got a gap on the #27 a couple of times early in the race, but we couldn't catch a break on the yellows. I handed the car over to (my brother) Will (Nonnamaker) and he had a great drive home to beat Scooter (Gabel in the #5 Miata) and Michiel Schuitemaker (in the #42 Integra) in the closing laps."
"Scooter really got that Miata going at the end of the race," added Will Nonnamaker. "That car has a lot of potential, but thankfully he never got close enough to challenge. I was also worried about Michiel as he had the #42 hustling around the track."
The win was Nonnamaker brothers second of the season, and put the duo in the lead of the Driver's Championship by three over Beede. The win for the team meant that they had a two point advantage over the #27 Integra. With just two races remaining, it looks as if this Championship could come down to the last half an hour of the Daytona six hour event in November.
The race also saw Phoenix Promotions partners Orison Marketing and GOJO find some sticker space on the second place overall finishing Porsche GT3 Cup. When the #43 Corvette missed the race, Joe Nonnamaker found a ride with the Team Turbo Performance group. Team Turbo was gracious enough to allow several stickers to be placed on the car, and GOJO and Orison will receive some additional exposure as the car battled for the lead in the GSI class at the end of the race. The car also won the GSI invitational race (and finished an impressive eighth overall) on Sunday as part of the Grand Am Rolex Series Six Hours.