Watkins Glen II: Craig Stanton preview

Craig Stanton to Make Rolex Series Return at Watkins Glen LONG BEACH, Calif., August 12, 2004 -- Craig Stanton will make his Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series SGS class return with Friday afternoon's Sahlen's 200 at The Glen. The Long ...

Craig Stanton to Make Rolex Series Return at Watkins Glen

LONG BEACH, Calif., August 12, 2004 -- Craig Stanton will make his Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series SGS class return with Friday afternoon's Sahlen's 200 at The Glen. The Long Beach, California-driver will compete in one of a trio of Orison Marketing-Planet Earth Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries at Watkins Glen (NY) International. The GoJo/ NRAuto.com Porsche is owned by the Nonnamaker family, the same family that owns and prepares TheRaceSite.com Porsche 996 Stanton has used to dominate the Grand-Am Cup GS class in 2004. Stanton, the Grand-Am Cup point leader, has been asked to drive the Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche in the 200-mile race to assist the three-car team in winning the 2004 Rolex Series SGS championship. Out of the ordinary is the fact that Stanton will race the with no co-driver.

Stanton has competed in four races thus far in the 2004 Rolex Series taking the SGS class victory at Homestead-Miami Speedway and a podium-finish at Phoenix. However, with the closing of the team he opened the year with, Stanton was left without a fulltime Rolex Series ride and missed three races in the interim. With the call from the Nonnamakers to add their blue and green Porsche to his resume, Stanton makes his return at the same track he last drove in SGS class on June 20th. Then, co-driving with his Grand-Am Cup and American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT class teammate David Murry, Stanton led the class until gearbox failure in the AASCO Motorsports entry ended his day.

A same day, tape delay broadcast of The Sahlen's 200 at The Glen can be seen Friday, August 13 on SPEED Channel at 10 pm (EDT). Zippo live timing and scoring of the event can be found at www.grandamerican.com .

Craig Stanton: "It's a real honor that the Nonnamakers called and asked me to try and help them win the SGS class championship. I am going to do my best for sure. This class has some of the hardest competition you'll face anywhere, starting with the other two Planet Earth Porsches. So, it will be a real battle. We started this year off with the goal of winning the SGS class title for Porsche but that didn't quite work out the way I had planned. So, now we'll see if we can help the Nonnamakers win it for Porsche. Watkins Glen is a great place for me to join the team. The Glen is one of my favorite tracks whether we are on the long course or the short course like this weekend. I'm really, really excited to be racing for the Nonnamakers in both the Rolex Series and the Grand-Am Cup. We're going to do our best to be a part of two championships for them."

For more on Craig Stanton please visit www.craigstanton.com. Log-on to www.p-e-m.com for more about Planet Earth Motorsports. For more on TheRaceSite.com Racing team, please visit www.theracesiteracing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Murry , Craig Stanton