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HOOSIER IS THERE AS PLUMBS, CANNEY
WIN GRAND-AM KONI CHALLENGE GRAND SPORT
SEASON FINALE AT VIRGINIA INT'L SPEEDWAY

10-16-08
Submitted by: Paula Nate
Lakeville, IN. (October 16, 2008) - Hugh and Matt Plumb dominated the middle and final stages of Sunday's October 5ths, 2008 Bosch Engineering Twin Six Hours, the season finale for the Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport (GS) class, giving themselves and Mike Canney a victory in the six-hour classic at Virginia International Raceway.

 Hugh Plumb passed fellow Rehagen Racing and Ford Mustang GT driver Dean Martin on Lap 144, then led Martin and TRG's Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly in a nose-to-tail battle to the checkered flag in a two-lap shootout. The leading quartet was separated by only 1.081 seconds, and the No. 59 Rehagen Racing Valvoline/ROUSH Performance Products Ford Mustang GT of Martin, Jack Roush Jr. and Ryan Phinny finished 0.208 seconds behind in the second closest finish in KONI Challenge Series history. 

Like the race itself, the championship race came down to the final hour-and-a-half, with seven drivers fighting for the title. In the end, Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster finished fifth in the No. 55 Hyper Sport Ford Mustang GT, giving Maxwell his second GS title (2002 GSI) and Foster his first. They won the driving and owner titles by six points (248-242) over Bret Seafuse and James Gue and JBS Motorsports, and the top seven drivers were separated by only 19 points (248-229).
 

HOOSIER IS ALSO THERE AS LAWSON ASCHENBACH,
KEN DOBSON WIN GRAND-AM KONI CHALLENGE SERIES ST
SIX-HOUR FINALE AT VIRGINIA INT'L SPEEDWAY

They had six hours to distance themselves from the competition, but Lawson Aschenbach and Ken Dobson needed every single minute of Saturday's October 4ths, 2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Street Tuner (ST) season finale, the Bosch Engineering Twin Six Hours at Virginia International Raceway, to win Round 11 in the No. 110 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS. Aschenbach who led three times for a race-high 36 laps after making up 37 positions after starting at the back of the field, passed outgoing series champion Adam Burrows on Lap 139 of the 147-lap race, then distanced himself from the rest of the field over the final five laps or 15 minutes. 

In the meantime, Aschenbach's teammate, Jamie Holtom in the No. 01 Georgian Bay Motorsports Chevrolet Cobalt SS, claimed the ST championship by 45 points (282-237) over Kuno Wittmer. At age 21 years, four days, Holtom becomes the youngest Grand-Am champion in the sanctioning body's nine-year history. 

Holtom led as late as Lap 132 before losing two positions. In an effort to keep the car out of trouble, he kept close to Burrows and challenged him for second, concluding the season with five consecutive podium finishes and nine top 10s in 10 starts.  

Throughout the afternoon and evening, Georgian Bay ran up front. Aschenbach, who has the Formula Ford 2000 track qualifying record, qualified 38th, wasted no time going toward the front. After making the winning pass, he was still forced to hold off Burrows and Holtom, who ran a combined one second behind at times before fading in the final laps. Burrows, who moved to second in the point standings after entering the event sixth, followed by 1.436 seconds in the No. 76 Compass360 Racing Skunk2/Sunday Group Management Acura TSX, while Holtom was 1.777 seconds behind Aschenbach. 

Holtom and Curran's third-place finish wrapped up the championship for Georgian Bay's No. 01 car. 

The weekends weather was chilly in mornings warming up to the high 70’s every day, making for good racing conditions, along with great tire performance, reports Scott Huffer, Hoosier’s events manager on hand. Hoosier Racing Tire is proud to be the sole racing tire provider for the Koni Challenge racing series. This weekend race was serviced by Hoosier’s service team of: Service Team: Chris Grossman, Jim Bartholomew, Eriks Bers, Jeff Yute and Mike Walsh. Along with what Hoosier is proud to have, the plant help of Brandon Calhoun, James Decker, Stephen Miller, and engineering services of Charlie Gray. 

The top Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) drivers, teams and manufacturers were honored in Monday's season-ending banquet at the Sheraton Greensboro at Four Seasons in Greensboro, N.C. 

Hoosier would like to congratulate Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell who won the GS driver points championship for Hypersport team. And Jaime Holtom won the ST driver points championship for the Georgian Bay team. 

For more information about the Grand American Road Racing Series please visit www.grand-am.com

      

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