SCC: Road America Powell Motorsport weekend report

The duo have teamed up for six wins this year, and five in a row after eight races in the 2001 edition of the Grand Am Cup series. Their ...

The duo have teamed up for six wins this year, and five in a row after eight races in the 2001 edition of the Grand Am Cup series. Their #11 Sunoco/ Encompass Chevrolet Corvette Z06 took the win by nearly a full lap over second place finishing Ian James and Dino Steiner in the #15 Motorsport Technologies Majestic Porsche TT.

"These races are about speed, but also strategy," said Goad. "We picked up time by diving into the pits as the caution came out. I saw the car off the track, so I knew the caution was coming. I just worked with the crew over the radio."

With the #11 Corvette checking out early in the race, the main battle in Super Grand Sports was the competition for second place. The battle ensued mainly amongst the #15 Porsche, the #98 Mallet MTI Racing Corvette, and the #65 Speedsource Porsche.

All three cars shared time in second place late in the race. The #98 Corvette, which was being driven by Mike Weinberg and Stu Hayner, held second until lap fifty-two of sixty six when the transmission broke while the Corvette was exiting the carousel.

This left the battle to be waged between the #65 Porsche and the #15 Porsche. The last five laps were a duel between the two with the #15 Porsche coming out on top.

The #65 Speedsource held on to third place to give Speedsource its first Super Grand Sports podium of the year.

Powell Motorsports second entry, the #110 Corvette Z06, came in fourth Pwith eter Tonelli and Rollie Stephenson sharing the driving duties.

Speedsource is making the Grand Sports races as predictable as Powell Motorsports is making the Super Grand Sports races. Speedsource takes home its sixth win in the Road America three hour endurance event. The #70 Speedsource Porsche sponsored by Mears Motor Coach spent much of the race following the #04 APR/Intrax/Equaterra Audi S4. The #04 Audi has shown remarkable speed throughout the year, but the Audi marquee has shown to be a hard car to get reliability out of as the Champion Racing effort in World Challenge and the Team Hurricane effort of last year have both proven.

The #04 Audi ran great through the first two hours of the race though. Just eighteen laps from the end, Bob Aines was replaced by Don Istook in the car and the car took on new tires and fuel. The pitstop, which occurred under yellow flag conditions, allowed the #70 Speedsource to take the lead.

Just four laps later, the #04 Audi was battling with the #19 Porsche of Fiorano Racing when the Audi reportedly lost brakes at turn five. The ensuing wreck took both the Audi and the #19 Porsche into the sand trap and out of the race.

With over a lap lead over second place, it was only a matter of driving to the finish for Sylvain Tremblay as he shared the sixth win of the season for Speedsource with David Haskell.

Second place in the Grand Sports class was a great showing by two young drivers in their first full season of professional racing. Mark MacLean and Timothy Pappas co-drove the Franz Blam prepared #23 Trans Sport BMW M3 to a second place finish. It was the first Grand Am Cup podium for the two drivers who both hail from Boston.

Third place for the second race in a row was the #46 Snipes Ford Motorsports Ford Mustang being driven by Peter Sachs and Chuck Snipes

Villaconn International scored that elusive first victory on the fourteen turn - four mile long Road America circuit this past weekend. After being so close to victory on several different occasions over the last year and a half, the Villaconn BMW Z3 Coupe team finally put it all together to take a win with Matt Connolly and Bransen Patch sharing the #36 BMW Z3 Coupe.

Early in the race, Villaconn battled amongst itself for the lead as the #36 BMW battled with the #34 driven by Jeff Trask and Jonathan Bomarito. Electrical problems forced the #34 to pit taking it out of contention.

The battle for the win at the end of the race came down to the #36 Villaconn Z3 Coupe and the #64 MAI/ www.tirerack.com/ Pro-Cam Acura Integra Type R being prepared by King Motorsports. Bob Endicott was handling the finishing chores for Mike van Sicklen in the #64 Type R, but was without the use of fourth gear as it had broken early in the race.

"We began losing fourth gear 30 minutes into the race," explained King Motorsports driver Bob Endicott, of San Pedro, Calif. "By the final hour, it was entirely gone." For King Motorsports, it marks their third second place finish of the year. The three seconds, coupled with two wins is enough to put Bob Endicott second in the points behind third place finisher Jason Potter.

Potter, who was now driving for the Team Lexus factory effort, was paired with Rick Fairbanks in the #0 Lexus IS300. Potter managed to finish the #0 Lexus in third place in front of the independent Mercedes 190E effort of R C Imports. Rick Ellinger shared the Mercedes with Tony Zelones en route to a fourth place finish.

The third was all that was needed for Potter to maintain an nearly non-existent points lead over second place finishing Endicott with two race remaining.

After eight races of a ten-race season, HART and Planet Earth Motorsports both stand with four wins each as they both vie for top honors in the Driver's and Team Championship. At the Road America round of the Grand Am Cup series, it was HART that struck the winning blow as Pete Halsmer and Bryan Johnson took the win in the #69 Red Line Oil DC Sports Honda Civic Si.

Pete Halsmer started the #69 Civic, and sat in third place for the first ten laps as the pole sitting #6 Hyundai Tiburon led for the first eighteen circuits around the four mile Road America track. It was on lap nineteen that a spin in front of Gord Cullen, who started the Tiburon, caused him to take unavoidable evasive maneuvers, allowing both the #69 of Halsmer and the #41 Comptech Sport Acura Integra GS-R to pass the Hyundai.

Halsmer exchanged the lead with the #41 Integra being started by Wayne Nonnamaker several times before pitting to give controls of the Civic over to Bryan Johnson. The #41 Integra followed the Civic into the pits, and when the two reentered the track, the #41 Integra was in the lead.

Over the next hour, Will Nonnamaker in the #41 USFilter Planet Earth Motorsports Integra battled with Bryan Johnson in the #69 Honda Civic Si. A late race caution allowed Nonnamaker to pit for new brakes and a topping off of fuel. In the end, Nonnamaker couldn't quite re-catch Johnson as the HART took a two second win over the USFilter Planet Earth Motorsports effort.

Third place was the second HART entry, the #92 Honda Civic being driven by Kevin Adams and Johns Schmitt. Fourth place went to the Performance Friction/Matrix Honda Civic of Larry Funk and young rising star Jim Lucas II. Lucas Motorsports also captured fifth with their Performance Friction/Matrix Acura Integra GS-R being shared by Bill Roediger and Mike Mazziotti.

The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will next compete at Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres in Quebec, Canada, August 3-5.

-Wayne Nonnamaker

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Pete Halsmer , Peter Sachs , Wayne Nonnamaker , Will Nonnamaker , Dino Steiner , Ian James , David Haskell , Sylvain Tremblay , Mark MacLean , Bransen Patch , Don Istook , Rick Fairbanks , Rick Ellinger , Mike van Sicklen , Matt Connolly , Jason Potter , Bob Endicott , Chuck Snipes , Stu Hayner
Teams HART