SCC: VIR II: Bill Fenton Motorsports preview

Acura's fifth Manufacturer Championship in the Grand-Am Cup series Street Tuner class is a strong reality as the 2006 season comes down to its final race, and Bill Fenton Motorsports Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Acura...

Acura's fifth Manufacturer Championship in the Grand-Am Cup series Street Tuner class is a strong reality as the 2006 season comes down to its final race, and Bill Fenton Motorsports Southern Auto Auction/Acura Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Acura RSX-S drivers hope to be the team that ices the celebratory cake.

The six-hour race on Sunday, Oct. 8 at Virginia International Raceway, is also the season's longest.

"Our lead drivers, Matt and Hugh Plumb, have scored Acura's Manufacturer Championship points in each of the last six races. Helping them win is our primary goal," said Fenton, who will drive the team's #29 car with Bob Beede and Mike Liebl. Acura won the Manufacturer title in 2001-02-03-04, but lost it in 2005 to Mazda.

Fenton's #27 Acura will be raced by the Plumb brothers, who are seeking the Driver Championship. They come the race second in driver points, 11 behind leaders Will Turner and Don Salama in a BMW 330.

"Speed combined with consistency has always been Acura's strong suit," said Fenton. "Acuras have won two races this year, including the Barber Motorsports Park race by Matt and Hugh, and we've had consistent finishes, not all over the chart like some of our competitors. Through the middle of the season, Matt and Hugh put together a string of five top-three finishes, and they've had only one poor finish."

In the final race of the 2004 season, Beede and Bob Endicott took the Manufacturer Championship down to the final laps of the season, beating BMW's top team by two points.

"This year may be just as close," said Fenton. "Acura has 282 points and Chevrolet has 280. There are 10 Acuras on the 35-car entry list for our class. The best one -- and we hope that is one of our cars -- simply has to finish ahead of the best Chevrolet Cobalt SS and BMW. Three races ago, Acura was down 13 points to Chevrolet. Now we're two points ahead, because we have excellent drivers in cars that are fast and consistent."

"We have a good record at VIR," said Fenton. "Our team won there in 2002, 2003 and 2004. The course layout fits the Acura engine's power band a lot better some of the other tracks we've raced at."

-credit: bfm

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bob Beede , Will Turner , Don Salama , Hugh Plumb , Bill Fenton , Bob Endicott