Posted (03/29/2005) -
Team Sahlen has had its share of successes at California Speedway. Just last October, Wayne and Will Nonnamaker shared a second place finish at the Fontana track. This weekend they are looking to do it again.
The Nonnamaker brothers have split up for this race but the Team Sahlen lineup still is nothing to toss aside. Joe Nonnamaker, father of Will and Wayne, is expecting a great show in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Before Will and Wayne claimed their podium finish in 2004, Joe and Will took a top five Rolex finish at the track in 2003.
"Our cars and team does exceptionally well at California Speedway. Our performance at California is consistent and we are looking forward to another excellent finish. Our crew has had some time to regenerate after the Santo Domingo race and we are ready for California, I have no doubt," states Joe Nonnamaker.
Team Sahlen will add a few new drivers into the excitement of the race weekend. Jim Bosler will be driving the No. 43 along with Will Nonnamaker. Bosler hails from Redmond, Washington.
Also driving with Team Sahlen will be Joe Sahlen of Elma, New York. Sahlen will be splitting time in the No. 44 car with Will Nonnamaker. This is Sahlen's third race with the team.
Yenoda Rakovchik will be entered to drive a Team Sahlen GS car for the second time this season. Rakovchik drove with Team Sahlen in Grand-Am Cup 200 early this year at Daytona. Rakovchik will be co-driving with first time Team Sahlen driver Warren Chang.
Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker will be handling the No. 40 car for Team Sahlen. Joe and Wayne shared the Grand-Am Cup GSII championship title in 2003 and are hoping that a solid race in California will land a Team Sahlen car on the podium once again. Joe and Wayne, both intense competitors, are ready for an excellent finish to the weekend. They hope to capitalize on past success at the Fontana track.
It was at the California track where Team Sahlen's 2004 effort clinched the team, driver, and manufacturer's championship. It came down to uncanny pit stop strategy of team manager Bill Pate and team owner Joe Nonnamaker.
"In California last year, in order to win the championship, we had to coordinate which cars were coming in and when. The car that was in contention for the championship had some issues with the motor mount and the track's banking. It dropped out of the top ten early on in the race. Even with all that the car finished first in the championship and we were able to get a podium finish with another one of our cars. What a race that was, our crew was amazing! We have made some adjustments to the cars to prevent what had happened last year," states Joe Nonnamaker.
Team Sahlen's 2005 Grand-Am Cup effort is supported by Zipper Interactive, HRPWorld.com, TheRaceSite.com, Hawk Performance, TheRaceMarket.com, Kempthorn Auto Mall, UNICHIP, Lamin-X, RaceTech, and Grassroots Motorsports.