2002 Virginia International Raceway Review: HRPWorld.com Racing Team Takes First and Second in Their King Motorsports Acura Integras The weekend couldn't have went any better for the HRPWorld.com Racing Team. The team scored the fastest time in...
2002 Virginia International Raceway Review: HRPWorld.com Racing Team Takes First and Second in Their King Motorsports Acura Integras
The weekend couldn't have went any better for the HRPWorld.com Racing Team. The team scored the fastest time in both practice sessions, pole position, the fastest race lap, and a 1-2 finish with their King Motorsports Acura Integras to move the team into first in the Team Championship, first in the Driver's Championship, and first in the Manufacturer's Championship.
The win was the second in a row for Will Nonnamaker at the Virginia International Raceway circuit. The last win came in 2001 with the Phoenix Promotions team, but under the team's Planet Earth Motorsports campaign.
"I think this is the best road racing facility in North America," commented Will Nonnamaker. "The track has a little bit of everything. We ran on the North Course this weekend, but when we come back with the Grand Am Rolex Series in September, we run on the long course. The Oak Tree turn, where you could stick your hand out and almost touch a leaf of the giant oak tree that hangs over the track, is one of the most dramatic turns in the country."
Will co-drove with younger brother Wayne Nonnamaker, who captured his first win on the Virginia course. "Each time we have come here, I have gotten the pole and set fastest race lap, but something has always happened," commented Wayne Nonnamaker. "It feels good to finally win here at this track."
Coming in second for the team was regular Tony Nuzzo, and John Wymore, who is doing selected races this year in the team's #42 King Motorsports Acura Integra. With the second place finish, Nuzzo was vaulted into fifth in the points standings, only two points behind fourth.
"We came to this track, having never been here before," commented Wymore, who scored his second top five finish with the team this season in only his second start. "At the start of the race, we weren't expecting to finish as high as we ended up finishing, so the second place was a good surprise. Its good to be back on the podium. I haven't been on the podium since 1999. We had a chance to spray some champaign around so that was really great."
Five races into the season, Will and Wayne Nonnamaker lead the Driver's Points by three over 1999 STII Champion Bob Beede. Will, the '99 STI and '01 STII Champion, is seeking out his third Championship, while younger brother Wayne, the '99 STI co-Champion, is seeking his second professional Championship.
The HRPWorld.com Racing Team will travel to Mid Ohio as they take their #41 and #42 King Motorsports Acura Integra LS's to their home track in hopes of claiming their second win in a row.