LAKEVILLE, IN (May 18, 2009) -- Saturday’s 79-lap Verizon Festival of Speed gives the No. 59 Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang GT co-driven by Dean Martin and Ken Wilden its first Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Grand Sport victory of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna
While the middle portion of the two-hour, 30-minute race was slowed by five caution periods, the final 35 minutes of the event were marked by tremendous battles in both classes, GT and ST.
The Street Tuner race also went down to the final restart, where Will Turner passed Tom Long and fought back several late-race challenges to win in the No. 95 Turner Motorsports BMW 328i started by pole sitter Don Salama.
Todd Lamb led 26 laps down the stretch in the No. 32 Cybernation/Cobalt Friction BMW M3 started by Glenn Bocchino, challenged by the Fords of Wilden and Hugh Plumb, along with the Porsche of Spencer Pumpelly, to take second place a top the podium.
Plumb made his challenge with 30 minutes to go, working his way from fourth to second in the Horsepower Racing No. 61 Roush Performance/Valvoline Ford Mustang started by Jack Roush Jr.. Then, Pumpelly made his bid, charging to briefly hold the lead in the TRG No. 39 Digitrust Group/Adams Polishes Porsche GT3 started by Duncan Ende. Lamb came back with a crossover pass, with Pumpelly falling from momentarily holding the lead to fourth. Lamb held on to finish second, 3.596 seconds behind, followed by Pumpelly.
Andrew Caddell and Mike McGovern finished fourth in the No. 54 Jim Click Racing Ford Mustang GT.
Will Turner and Don Salama Team for Street Tuner Triumph
Turner passed Andrew Carbonell for the lead on Lap 69 and then survived a late-race challenge by Long to give the Turner Motorsport its first ST victory of the season.
Freedom Autosports, seeking its first KONI Challenge triumph, had two of its cars challenge for the victory late in the race but had to finish with second and third on the podium. Carbonell led 26 laps in the team's No. 146 Mazda MX-5 started by Rhett O'Doski, and then Long took up the challenge in the No. 145 Mazda MX-5. Long took the lead shortly before the final caution, lost it on the restart, and unofficially went by twice in the closing laps before finishing 0.997 seconds behind Turner.
Long came back to finish second after co-driver O'Doski took a wild ride earlier in the race in the famed, Laguna Seca Raceways, Corkscrew turn.
Rhett O’Doski and Andrew Carbonell finished third in the No. 146 Freedom Autosports, Mazda MX-5.
Pat Iannucci and Lawson Aschenbach finished fourth in the No. 00 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt.
The race was slowed by six cautions for 20 laps. Martin and Wilden completed 79 laps on the 2.238-mile circuit, averaging 70.091 mph. Good racing and good weather conditions all weekend long.
This weekends events were serviced by the Hoosier Team of: Jim Bartholomew, Adam McCartney, Rick Sisk, Mike Walsh, Jeff Yute. Product Manager: Scott Huffer and Engineering support of: Matt Marlow.
The next action for the KONI Sports Car Challenge will be Round 5, May 23-25 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Ct.
The Koni Challenge event held this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be televised Saturday, May 23rd at 12:00 PM ET on SPEED channel. The race was a combined class event that stayed exciting until the very end.
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