SCC: Planet Earth Motorsports Mid-Ohio preview

Planet Earth Motorsports comes home. After traveling the country spreading information about environmentally friendly ways to help save our planet earth, the Orison Marketing Planet Earth Motorsports campaign returns back to its home state,...

Planet Earth Motorsports comes home.

After traveling the country spreading information about environmentally friendly ways to help save our planet earth, the Orison Marketing Planet Earth Motorsports campaign returns back to its home state, Ohio, to compete in the 2.5 hour race at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course.

The Grand Am Cup series will be joining the international CART FedEx Champ Car Series for the first time in its brief history. The Mid Ohio weekend was a late addition to the Mid Ohio schedule, but a very welcome one for the Planet Earth campaign. Phoenix Promotions, the team responsible for the car preparation of the #43 Chevrolet Corvette, has its shop located just 90 minutes away in Massillon, OH.

"I love coming back to this track every year," said team owner and driver Joe Nonnamaker. "I remember coming to this track when there were trees in between the back straight and the keyhole. Now the track has grown up so much. When I first started coming here, it was in a Ford Pinto, which was what I started racing in back in the mid 1970's. The track is a lot different in a 450++ hp Corvette than it is in a 80hp Pinto."

Last year, Planet Earth Motorsports won the Mid Ohio event, although that was in the Sports Touring II class. Crew Chief Mike Thomas admits the competition is a little stronger this season in the Grand Sports I class:

"Last year, there were several really strong teams we beat in the STII class. This year in GSI, there are a half of a dozen teams, all with professional drivers, who we are trying to beat. It isn't going to be easy. We have had some bad luck since our Phoenix win, but we have since went through and inspected every piece on this Corvette, and we are ready for a good outing.

"The last time we were here with the Corvette (in 2000), we were running second when the car just stopped running with just several laps remaining. That was about as depressing as could be. This year, we are looking for another win, but those Porsches look super strong."

The Grand Am Cup race starts at 2:00 PM on Saturday. Tickets for the CART Grand Prix weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course are currently on sale and may be purchased by calling 800-MID-OHIO or visiting www.midohio.com.

-www.p-e-m.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Thomas , Joe Nonnamaker