King Motorsports wins two races at Virginia International Raceway. King Motorsports took their second win of the season in the Sports Touring I class as the ...
King Motorsports wins two races at Virginia International Raceway.
King Motorsports took their second win of the season in the Sports Touring I class as the #64 MAI / Pro-Cam / RedLine Oil / Tirerack.com King Motorsports Acura Integra Type R took the win over a field of 23 cars. King Motorsports drivers Bob Endicott and Mike van Sicklen put on the drive of the day as they worked their way from a last place starting position to score a win in the three hour endurance race. As the race winded down, Bob Endicott battled both on and off course with the top Sports Touring I cars, claiming the top spot by the narrowest of margins ahead of his nearest competitor, much to Endicott's surprise.
"I didn't even know that I won until I came into the pits," commented Endicott, the 1998 and 2001 Driver Champion. "We were spending a lot of time in the dirt; two wheels in the dirt, four wheels in the dirt, but everybody was pretty clean. There were little taps here and there, but no intentional pushes. I am impressed with my competitors and I am glad to see the series has matured."
Scott Zellner, Crew Chief of the winning car and owner of King Motorsports, was pleased to see his team take their second straight win on the Virginia International Raceway North Course. The previous win came during the season finale of the 2000 season.
"That had to be the coolest race I have ever seen in my life," said an enthused Zellner. "I think it had to be as hard for us to watch it in the pits as it was for Bob to drive it. Kris Skavnes summed it up best when he said: 'that was a World Challenge race that just wouldn't end.' It was the best drive I have ever seen out of Endicott."
As dramatic as the ending stages were for Endicott, Mike Van Sicklen was also challenged in the early stages of the race as he worked his way through the pack. Van Sicklen had qualified third, but because some paperwork was fifteen minutes late, Van Sicklen had to drive from the back of the pack.
"It was just like morning rush hour traffic at the start of the race," explained Van Sicklen of the start of the race in which he had to make his way from the back of a 53 car grid. "We got the car back up to fourth place, and at about an hour into the race we brought the car in, topped it with fuel and put in Bob. Three cars within a second at the end and thirteen lead changes; it was an exciting race to watch and to drive."
For King Motorsports, it marks their second win of the season in the Sports Touring I class, and their third podium of the five race old season. With five races remaining, drivers Bob Endicott and Mike Van Sicklen continue to move up the standings as Endicott goes for his third Championship and Van Sicklen for his first.
In Sports Touring II, the King Motorsports Acura Integras from the HRPWorld.com Racing Team also took first and second in their Acura Integra LSs, giving King its first win in the STII class this season, and their sixth podium. The #41 King Motorsports Acura Integra LS took the win, pole, and the fastest race lap as King Motorsports drivers Will and Wayne Nonnamaker move into the lead in the Driver's Championship in the STII class.
King Motorsports will take to the track once again at Mid Ohio on August 10th in a 2 1/2 hour race in support of the CART FedEx Champ Car Series.
Infromation of Interest:
King Motorsports is 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.
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