A team effort saw the HRPWorld.com Racing Team put their ...
A team effort saw the HRPWorld.com Racing Team put their #41 King Motorsports Acura Integra LS in victory circle for the second straight race. Brothers Will and Wayne Nonnamaker shared the driving duties.
"The team put in the extra effort in these past five weeks to make sure these cars were ready to go," commented Will Nonnamaker. "Trevor Whipple, who is in charge of prepping these Acuras, couldn't be here this weekend because he was getting married, but it was his work that helped get us here. Our Crew Chief Mike Thomas and Bill Hesson had quite a few long hours in the past five weeks, but with our second straight win, it takes some of the exhaustion away."
Qualifying was cancelled due to the rain on Friday, but since the HRPWorld.com effort led the Team Owner points standings, it got the luxury of starting from the pole for the fifth straight race. Wayne Nonnamaker started the #41 car, and had some exciting racing at the start.
"At the start, the #88 Focus got away from the #27 and myself," commented Wayne Nonnamaker. "They have been developing the Focus all year long, and it is a very strong package. For the first five laps, I battled with the #27 Integra, which was being started by Eric Curran. Curran was a tough guy to pass. He gave me as little room as he could, but it was clean racing the entire way."
After Wayne got around the #27, the #88 pitted, and the #41 built up a two lap lead over the remaining part of the three hour race.
The #42 King Motorsports Integra was in a tight battle with the #57 Baglieracing Mazda Prot0x7a60for the entire race. Don Velcio started the #42 and Tony Nuzzo finished the Integra. By the end of the race the driving duo had built a lap lead up over the Prot0x7a60and took home a sixth place finish.
With the win, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker now hold a six point lead over Bob Beede, driver of the #27 Integra. A third place finish will win them the Championship even if Beede wins the race. The Team points are a little tighter and the team needs the #41 Integra to finish second to ensure taking home the Team Championship. As for the Manufacturer's Championship, Acura has already clinched that title over Mazda.
The next and final race of 2002 for the HRPWorld.com Racing Team will be held at Daytona International Speedway. The final round of the Grand-Am Cup Series will be a six hour race held during the Grand American Finale, November 8-10.