SCC: Phoenix: Racing race report

Series - Grand Am Cup Event - United Auto 250 at Phoenix International Raceway Team - Racing Drivers - Charlie Menard, Paul Menard, Wayne Nonnamaker, Will Nonnamaker, Tony Nuzzo, Don Velcio Phoenix, AZ -- The Racing...

Series - Grand Am Cup
Event - United Auto 250 at Phoenix International Raceway
Team - Racing
Drivers - Charlie Menard, Paul Menard, Wayne Nonnamaker, Will Nonnamaker, Tony Nuzzo, Don Velcio

Phoenix, AZ -- The Racing team took on a strong challenge this last race. In addition to running their regular lineup of the #41 and #42 King Motorsports Acura Integra LS's in the Sports Touring II class, the team debuted the #40 King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R.

The driver lineup for the Racing team looked strong as the Menard cousins, Paul and Charlie, were signed up at the last minute to handle the driving in the #40 Type R. In the #41 Integra the team had regulars Wayne and Will Nonnamaker and in the #42 Integra the team had Tony Nuzzo and Don Velcio.

The weekend progressed well as the #41 Integra was fastest in two of the three practice sessions. Qualifying saw Wayne Nonnamaker put the #41 King Motorsports Integra on the pole while Charlie Menard put the #40 on the inside of row three.

The race started and Charlie moved his way through the pack with precision and consistency. By the time the only full course caution of the race flew halfway through the race, Charlie had the car in second place. The team pitted Charlie under yellow for new tires, fuel, and to put Paul Menard in the car.

Paul came out in third place, and using savvy well beyond his twenty one years of age, Paul held off a challenge by sportscar racing ace Jean-Francois Dumoulin in the factory Lexus effort. Paul finished the race in third place, pulling away from the Lexus at the end of the race.

"Charlie and I have been driving together since we were little kids," commented Paul Menard. "We feed off each other. We sit down and talk about what each other is doing and pick out our strengths and weaknesses. The car was excellent and it was just a matter of us adapting to the front wheel drive lower horsepower car than what we are used to."

"The race went great," said starting driver Charlie Menard. "The car was meticulously prepared by the Phoenix Promotions crew. I started fifth and had moved up to second by the time my stint was over. I was running consistent laps and the car was very consistent. The Nonnamakers are a great team to be associated with. Paul at the end was doing some awesome laps keeping ahead of the Lexus."

--- Sports Touring II ---

Back in Sports Touring II the Racing effort was also enjoying success. Wayne Nonnamaker started the #41 King Motorsports from the pole and set fastest race lap as he battled with the race winning Miata. About an hour into the race, Nonnamaker experienced brake fade, which eventually turned into almost no brakes. Wounded but not giving up, Nonnamaker brought the car into the pits for a driver change, fuel, and a look at the car. The crew replaced the left front brake caliper, pads, and rotors and Will Nonnamaker jumped in the car.

"We had the problems solved for awhile," said 2001 STII Champion Will Nonnamaker. "We had moved back into second place when the problem returned and worsened to the point where I was using the hand brake as well to help slow the car."

Will brought the car home to a fourth place finish.

In the #42 King Motorsports Acura, starting driver Tony Nuzzo was quietly going about his business. Lap after lap, Nuzzo racked up some very quick and consistent times. Midway through the race Nuzzo pitted to turn the car over to Velcio. Through the end of the race Velcio continued with Nuzzo's strategy colcked some very strong and consistent times that allowed the duo to score a third place finish.

"We couldn't ask for more from our drivers today," commented Team Manager Bill Pate. "Paul and Charlie did an excellent job, and Tony and Don both drove a very strong heads up job today. That is what earned us third place finishes with both of those cars."

"The race went real well," said a happy Tony Nuzzo. "The car was running great. We tried to be patient out there and run a good clean race. We wanted to be there at the end, but we never thought we would be on the stairs when the race was over."

"It was a great race," commented Velcio after an exciting run to the checkered. "Regarding the #42 King Motorsports Acura Integra prepared by Phoenix Promotions, we really want to thank the Nonnamakers for allowing us to drive their car and put it on the podium. Tony and I had a plan to run smoothly and carefully. We believed if we were lucky and made no mistakes we might do well; and we were lucky and made no mistakes and we ended up in third place."

The Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Series will next compete the Sports Car Grand Prix at Watkins Glen International, June 21-23. Tickets are available online at

Information of Interest -- If you are looking for performance products of the highest caliber from manufacturers like Jerico, Coleman Racing, Aeroquip, Quarter Master Industries, and Speedway Engineering, then you need to go to

King Motorsports -- The sole authorized North American distributor for Mugen Co., Ltd., the premier manufacturer of performance products for Honda and Acura automobiles. Since 1981 King Motorsports has provided the highest quality performance products and services proven by eight road racing championships. Their cutting edge technology has always set the industry standard.

Phoenix Promotions -- Phoenix Promotions is a professional race car preperation shop that has been racing in professional street stock endurance racing since 1984. The team has a record of thirty victories, twenty five pole positions, twenty two fastest race laps, four Manufacturer Championships, four Driver Championships, and four Team Championships. In addition to the preparation of the Racing team that competes in the Sports Touring I and II class of the Grand Am Cup, Phoenix Promotions is also responsible for the #43 Orison Marketing Planet Earth Motorsports Corvette that competes in the Grand Sports I class of the Grand Am Cup.

Websites of interest:


Be part of something big

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series Grand-Am
Drivers Wayne Nonnamaker , Will Nonnamaker , Bill Pate , Paul Menard , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Tony Nuzzo