Posted (11/21/2005) -
Team Sahlen driver Will Nonnamaker took a spot behind the wheel of 27 races in a 28 race season in 2005. Nonnamaker set a new record for driver entries in a single season. Nonnamaker's 2005 season demonstrates his sheer determination and love for sports car racing.
This season, Nonnamaker shared a driver seat with Grand-Am Cup driver Joe Sahlen. Sahlen and Nonnamaker entered all Grand-Am Cup races this season, including the Sport Touring races at Phoenix and Trois-Rivieres. The two men took their first top-ten of the season during the California 200 race at California Speedway. Adding to the prestige of their 2005 season, both Sahlen and Nonnamaker took top-five spots in the driver performance index.
Nonnamaker also lent his talents to the Grand American Rolex series and co-drove with his brother, Wayne, and father, Joe. Nonnamaker also shared the seats with some excellent guest co-drivers including Tomy Drissi, and Wes Allen. In this definitive season, Nonnamaker took eight top-ten finishes in the Grand American Rolex series while his team shared the manufacturer's championship with other Porsche efforts.
Nonnamaker also drove in three out of the four races held at Phoenix International Raceway in September. While temperatures reached triple digits Nonnamaker ran in the Sport Touring, Grand Sport, and Grand Touring races.
"I have to admit the weekend at Phoenix was crazy. It was so unbelievably hot and by the time Sunday came around, I was tired but we finished out the races. With support from Ted's Hot Dogs I was happy to run those races," stated Nonnamaker.
Nonnamaker's endurance was not only reflected in the Phoenix race but was demonstrated throughout the season. Nonnamaker traveled to Mexico City with Rolex series' Synergy Racing for the 2005 season finale. It was here that Nonnamaker beat out TRG driver Marc Bunting to receive the prestigious Bob Akin award. The award itself epitomizes endurance racing with points calculated by miles driven and finishing position.
Will Nonnamaker competes in the Grand-Am Cup with support from GOJO, HRPWorld.com, TheRaceSite.com, Hawk Performance, TheRaceMarket.com, Kempthorn Auto Mall, UNICHIP, Lamin-X, Racetech, and Grassroots Motorsports.