In the points again. Huntingdon Valley, PA, July 7, 2002: The Villaconn Motorsports squad decided to run only two BMW Z3 Coupes at Virginia International Raceway. Some might say that in a tight points race, running all three would have been ...
In the points again.
Huntingdon Valley, PA, July 7, 2002: The Villaconn Motorsports squad decided to run only two BMW Z3 Coupes at Virginia International Raceway. Some might say that in a tight points race, running all three would have been the best insurance for a earning maximum credit toward the championship. Thanks to good old fashioned teamwork and driver skill, the gamble paid off.
Jonathan Bomarito proved once again why he was chosen as a CART "Star of Tomorrow" in 2001 by grabbing pole on his return to the Grand Am Cup series. Bomarito, driving the #34 Z3, was a full second clear of the second fastest qualifier in the Sport Touring I class - series veteran (and Villaconn teammate), Don Salama in the #36 Z3. Salama was flying in qualifying trim as well. His spot at the start was secure by more than a second over third on the grid - Mike Keravich.
"These guys just bring out the best in each other," beamed team principal, Al Villamil. "Don (Salama) and Bransen (Patch) are one of the strongest driver pairings in the class and Bomarito and Beau (Buisson) click just as well. We love the "young guns" versus the "cagey veterans" angle - it's a lot of fun for the team."
Salama made a great start at the drop of the green flag and by lap two of the three hour event had the lead. By the time he was to hand the BMW over to CO-driver Patch, Salama had built a 33 second lead. Most of the advantage was to be lost however, thanks to a full course yellow. Patch was to battle back and regain the lead only to lose it with 2 laps to go - failing brakes and cumbersome traffic balking the effort.
"After a very disappointing disqualification (and deletion from all press) regarding our Watkins Glen win, VIR ended on a more positive note," explained Don Salama. "We finished a strong third and now have four podiums in five races (including our DQ at The Glen)."
"Young guns" Bomarito and Buisson brought their Primerica BMW Z3 home fourth just behind the "cagey veterans" at the checkers. With no team orders in place at Villaconn Motorsports, the race for the Sport Touring I Driver's Championship is wide open.