Powell Motorsport Wins At Home Powell Motorsport took victory at Mosport after four years of waiting. . Driver Devon Powell was ecstatic: "Winning is important, especially in front of our home crowd, who are always a tough audience. In '97 I...
Powell Motorsport Wins At Home
Powell Motorsport took victory at Mosport after four years of waiting. . Driver Devon Powell was ecstatic: "Winning is important, especially in front of our home crowd, who are always a tough audience. In '97 I won the race after blowing an engine in my Camaro in practice, and that race win gave me the championship that year. But after that it was all down hill for us at Mosport. In '98 we finished third, in '99 we blew an engine with three corners to go while leading, and last year we didn't even race as I wrecked this same car in qualifying. So, winning today, at Mosport, feels real good!"
Powell co-drove with Doug Goad in their third win of the six race old Grand Am Cup season. After the final round of pit stops, Goad was forced to come in for a stop and go penalty for a "blend-line" infraction. After serving the penalty, Goad had a forty second gap to close down on the #47 Saleen SR. Goad put the hammer down setting the fastest race lap in his pursuit of the #47 Zippo Saleen, but with just fifteen minutes remaining in the race, the #47 Saleen SR had to pull into the pits, the victim of an unlucky mechanical failure.
The #15 Motorsport Technologies Porsche TT took second place. Motorsport Technologies drivers Ian James and Dino Steiner are the Powell Motorsport Corvettes main competition now that Phoenix American driver John Heinricy and the Phoenix American crew missed the Mosport race. (This was the first professional street stock endurance race that the Phoenix American Motorsports effort had missed since the 1998 season).
In third was the #65 Workscape Speedsource Porsche 911 Supercup that was driven by David Shep and Selby Wellman.
Even though it was their fourth time winning a race this year, the Grand Sports class winners, the Speedsource team, was one of the happiest crews on the podium at Mosport Raceway. Slyvain Tremblay and David Haskell took the Grand Sports win in the Porsche to break a deadlock tie in the Driver's Point Championship between David Haskell and Fiorano driver Robert Julien.
Robert Julien paired with Jean-Francois Dumoulin in the #19 Sunoco Denon Porsche to take the second place finish. Dumoulin set the Grand Sports fastest race lap in his pursuit of the #70 Porsche, but was slowed when he was forced to serve a black flag stop and go penalty for spinning the #28 Acura NSX while lapping him.
The D.M.A. Racing Tradition Ford Mustang prepped by TFRacing took home third place at Mosport with New York drivers Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi at the wheel.
In Sports Touring, the waning moments of the race came down to a two driver battle between the #72 Lear BBS Team Spartanburg Racing BMW Z3 Coupe and the #64 King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R. In the BMW was 2000 Trans Am Rookie of the year, Jeff Altenburg. In the Type R was 1998 PSCR Speedvision Cup Touring Champion Bob Endicott.
At the beginning of the last lap, Endicott got held up coming out of the last turn, which allowed Altenburg to get a run on Endicott going into the first turn. After the pass was made, Altenburg never looked back the last lap as he ran on to the win, his first win in professional street stock endurance racing since 1998.
"One of our crew found a four-leaf clover at the last race in Mid-Ohio, and we put it on the dash," said Team Spartanburg owner Mark Hughes, of Spartanburg, S.C. "We found another one here this weekend and put it on the dash again. Now we're going to make sure we find a four-leaf clover at every race."
Endicott continued on the last lap in hot pursuit of Altenburg, but was hit in the last turn by a Ford Mustang. Endicott backed the car into the tire wall at the last turn, but drove away and took the checkered flag with only scratches on his rear bumper.
"Jeff Altenburg and I had a great battle, " said Endicott. "He and I raced clean all race long."
Third place in the race was the #09 Data Clean Corporation Spirit of Miami Acura Integra Type R driven by Marc Bunting and Jason Piscelli. "This win goes out to my dad," said Piscelli. "Without him I couldn't be here."
The C2K Class saw the USFilter Planet Earth Motorsports effort lead from flag to flag. Mike Fitzgerald, the 2000 Grand Am Rolex Series GT Champion, started the #42 Orison Acura Integra GS-R from the pole, and had anywhere from a 5-20 second lead over second place for much of the first hour and forty five minutes of the race. Running in second for the majority of Fitzgerald's stint was his teammate, Wayne Nonnamaker in the #41 Comptech Sport Acura Integra GS-R. Pete Halsmer in the HART Civic and Gord Cullen in the #6 Hyundai Auto Canada Tiburon also enjoyed moments in the second place spot.
When a yellow came out at one hour and forty five minutes into the race, Fitzgerald held a ten second lead over second place, but when the yellow came out, the overall leader had just passed the second place car in C2K, but had not gotten around Fitzgerald yet. Therefore, Fitzgerald gained an entire lap on the field. His finishing driver, points leader Will Nonnamaker, brought the car home safely over the last hour to secure their second straight win in the C2K Class.
The last five laps of the race saw a three car battle for second place as Bill Pate in the #41 Planet Earth Motorsports Integra tried to hold off Bryan Johnson in the #69 HART Honda Civic and Frank del Vecchio in the #48 Chevrolet Cavalier. In the end, low oil pressure dropped Pate out of second, while Johnson got by del Vecchio to take second place. Pate ended up in fourth place, followed by Kevin Adams in the #00 HART Civic.
The win for Planet Earth Motorsports was the 100th professional street stock endurance racing podium for the Phoenix Promotions company responsible for the preparation of the Planet Earth Motorsports Acura Integra GS-Rs. Phoenix Promotions began racing in professional street stock endurance racing in 1984.
The next race for the Grand Am Cup series is this following weekend at Virginia International Raceway.