Fontana, CA -- As the season went last year in Sports Touring II (STII), so too it goes again this year. Fenton Motorsports and HRPWorld.com Racing continue their battle for the title as HRPWorld.com takes home their second win of the...
Fontana, CA -- As the season went last year in Sports Touring II (STII), so too it goes again this year. Fenton Motorsports and HRPWorld.com Racing continue their battle for the title as HRPWorld.com takes home their second win of the season.
The battle this weekend came down to the #27 Fenton Motorsports Acura Integra and the #42 and #43 HRPWorld.com Integras. The last two hours of the race were run under green flag conditions and the driving duo of Howie Liebengood and Will Nonnamaker took home the win in the #43 King Motorsports / Pennzoil sponsored machine.
For Will Nonnamaker the race win was one of fuel strategy and pit crew work: "On that first yellow we pitted, changed drivers and that's what got us the win because later on in the race when we made our second pit stop for fuel, it was just a stop for fuel and get going. The other teams still had to do their driver changes and that was the difference. We had great pit strategy and that's what did it. We were like thirty or forty seconds behind, like I said, we made that first pit stop but we had a short second stop because we made that sacrifice early on."
"It was great to get a win and close the points chase," added Liebengood. "It was good to come out with a win. We are looking forward to the remainder of the season and see what the second half will bring. We did a great job with great pit strategy. During my stint, everything was fine with the car. Will might have had a little trouble, but we were able to get the win."
The trouble Liebengood referred to was a locking rear wheel that caused Will to adapt to the ill-handling car. Nonnamaker did a pro job of dealing with the issue and brought the car home to a thirty second win.
Fenton Motorsports took second with Mike Keravich and Bob Beede at the wheel of the #27 Acura Integra LS. It marked the first time that Keravich and Beede shared the same car. For Beede the second place finish kept him in the STII points lead by four over Nonnamaker and Liebengood.
In third place was the #42 Acura Integra with sponsorship from Rauland and God Speed on Wheels. Ray Bailey, who scored a third place at Barber Motorsports Park in his first race with the HRPWorld.com Integra, secured a second podium this race. Belinda Endress started the #42 machine and did an excellent job of running with the leaders and keeping the car out of harm's way in a race that was littered with damage in the other classes.
"We couldn't be happier with how Ray and Belinda drove this weekend," added Team Manager Bill Pate. "Belinda was in her first weekend with us but she adapted to these Integras very quickly. Ray was able to jump in and finish the #42 machine in third after starting the #44 Integra (which took fifth place)."
The Lexus Grand American 250 will be aired on SPEED Channel on Saturday, July 5 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Grand-Am Cup Series will travel next to Watkins Glen International for The Glen Twin 250s, June 20-22.
The HRPworld.com - King Motorsports Acuras bid for the 2003 Championship will be supported through partnerships with AEM, American Honda / Acura, Denso Iridium Power, Grill Craft, Hawk Brake, Horizon Audio, Mugen Sport, Pennzoil, TheRaceSite.com, Waikem, Volk Wheels, Rauland, God Speed on Wheels, and ZR Racing Products.