Phoenix Promotions Tops the 2004 Charts for Most Grand American Entries
North Canton, Ohio - If you were to add up the hours spent on manpower, energy, and time that is used to place one Grand American Road Racing car on a race track it could make you exhausted just thinking about it. To put that same car on the track race after race is a truly grueling process. Then to make that car competitive in a field of fierce opponents is an even greater task.
One team this year has somehow given the illusion that this task is easier than it seems. During the 2004 Grand American season, Phoenix Promotions has managed an astounding 67 entries. In addition to preparing and putting the car on the track they sealed the Grand Am Cup driver, and manufacturer championships while taking a one-two sweep of the team championship.
Phoenix Promotions made up for 7% of all Grand American entries. The next highest team for the year was SpeedSource Race Engineering with 51.
The team fields TheRaceSite.com Racing Porsche 996 effort in the Grand Am Cup. This year the Grand Am Cup comprised of 530 entries with Phoenix Promotions representing 40 of those entries. Out of the average 53 cars per race the black and red Phoenix cars took four of these spots. In addition, Phoenix was the most entered team in 2003 with 46 entries. In all, Phoenix has 148 entries in the 4 year history of the Grand-Am Cup.
For the ROLEX series, the team fields the ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup effort. With 488 entries Phoenix Promotions came in fourth for team entries with 27. This was their first year in ROLEX Competition with their Porsche GT3 Cup cars.
"We love what we do. We put these cars out here for that reason. We have eight Porsches right now. If you would have told my family and me that we would have eight cars by the end of this season, I would have laughed. Of course it is crazy in the pits when you have one car coming in after the other. Our crew does a great job of handling it and it takes a lot of good pit strategy. We never thought it possible but now we know it is," stated Joe Nonnamaker.
Phoenix Promotions is owned by the Nonnamaker family. Joe and his wife Kris have been participating in road racing since 1971. Their sons, Will and Wayne, followed suit. They have built a close knit team that consistently performs well in pressure situations. From the full time crew members to the weekend pit crew, they have a strong group that is supported by over twenty years of team history.
"Our crew chief Mike Thomas has been with us for over 11 seasons. We ask a lot of Mike and his crew. Beyond the race entries, the crew had to build 3 brand new Porsches during the season, as well has handle several rebuilds after wrecks. They spent a lot of extra nights and weekends getting us to this point. The credit really goes to them" stated Wayne Nonnamaker.
"Having this many entries for a season is something that I even find hard to believe but it has been done. We wish to continue this on through next year really giving the Grand American fans a reason to keep coming back. It does take a lot of effort but we have an amazing amount of commitment from our drivers and crew. We owe it to ourselves and to our Corporate Partners to make sure that we are out on the track competing for victory in every race. It's an all around effort being made on everyone's part," Will continued.
Phoenix Promotions will once again hit the track during the 2005 season in their ROLEX Grand American GT3 Cup cars at the ROLEX 24 Hour race. One can only predict what the team's goal is for next year as they proved this year, the sky is the limit.
The 2004 Phoenix Promotions Campaign was a reality due to the amazing support from HRPworld.com, ORISON Marketing, GOJO, HAWK Performance, Kempthorn Auto Mall, Menards Home Improvement, Jack Link's Beef Jerky, NRAuto.com, Red Line Oil, SpeedSource, TheRaceMarket.com, Speed Group International, North Jersey Dermatology Center, Buddy Stubbs' Harley Davidson, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine and 9 Magazine.