Homestead II: Planet Earth Motorsports race report

ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Takes Fourth and Fifth at Homestead Miami, Florida - The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport team took on the Miami heat at the ROLEX Series Miami 250 this past weekend. The race itself was postponed one week and held...

ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Takes Fourth and Fifth at Homestead

Miami, Florida - The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport team took on the Miami heat at the ROLEX Series Miami 250 this past weekend. The race itself was postponed one week and held without qualifying due to hurricanes slamming Florida over the past month.

With no qualifying, the ROLEX race pole position was decided by the current point standings. The No. 38 TPC Racing Porsche started off first with the No. 41 ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsports Porsche in second.

The race itself went considerably well for the Massillon, Ohio team even in the intense south Florida heat. Several drivers in the field experienced problems with dehydration.

"The heat was really a lot for several of the drivers. It can make you exhausted and dehydrated if you aren't careful," states Wayne Nonnamaker.

Behind the wheel of the No. 41 car were Joe, Will, and Wayne Nonnamaker. The father and "sons" combination dropped to third and held it solidly through the majority of the race. The trio finished the race in fifth place despite several strong stints by all three drivers.

"Third place looked like it was a pretty sure thing near the end of the race when we experienced a flat tire. It was one of those things you can't do anything about. From what we can tell it was from a stone that got up in between the wheel and the brake caliper and broke the wheel bolts that hold the three piece wheels together. A very freak thing," explained Wayne Nonnamaker who was driving the car at the time.

The No. 43 ORISON-Planet Earth car was driven by Mike Fitzgerald and Manuel Matos. Fitzgerald started off the race while Matos jumped behind the wheel in lap 78. With no warning early in the race Manuel took pitted a little too early during a caution. The early stop lost the team a lap which put the car back in fourth position. After a strong stint by Fitzgerald, Matos finished the car with some bold moves in the final laps to take home fourth place.

Even in the intense heat both cars were able to remain in the lead lap for the majority of the race and await the trip to the upcoming October race at Virginia International Raceway.

"Top five finishes are very much a goal for us. Everyone did a really nice job of bringing the cars in and we are pleased with fourth and fifth place finishes but know that we have some improvements to make before heading to Virginia," states Will Nonnamaker.

The ORISON-Planet Earth Motorsport team is able to pursue the Grand American ROLEX title with GOJO, Jack Link's Beef Jerky, Menards Home Improvement, Kempthorn Auto Mall, NRAuto.com, Castle, Red Line Oil, Shelton Porsche, SpeedSource, TheRaceSite.com, TheRaceMarket.com,

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Nonnamaker , Will Nonnamaker , Manuel Matos
Teams SpeedSource