A Frantic and Chaotic race and race weekend concluded with an amazing drive by Dane Cameron to bring Team Sahlen home in 4thplace in GT at Road America.
The weekend started off a bit crazy with Team Sahlen having mechanical issues on both the #42 and #43 that caused both cars to spin and hit the wall at Road America's Turn 5. This put both cars back in the paddock to be repaired for body and structural repairs. Thankfully both cars made it back out, and Team Sahlen ended the Test Day at the top of the GT charts.
Practice Day 1 saw the #42 start off the day with Fastest Time in the 1stsession and 3rd fastest in the 2nd session. #43 made great progress with set up all day long as well.
Practice Day 2 saw the #42 loose a Power Steering rack, which put it back in the Paddock very early on. #43's constant set up progress came to fruition as Joe Nonnamaker was able to knock 2 seconds off his best time of the weekend.
Qualifying ended up getting rained out, so the grid for the race would be set by the GT Team Points Standings. This placed the Team Sahlen Mazdas if #42 and #43 in 8th and 14th spots respectively.
The Morning Warm-up was a great prelude to the race, as racers seemed very excited about the event that was to occur in just a few hours. Will Nonnamaker shared his views on Warm-Up - "I couldn't believe how everyone was behaving in warm-up. Everyone seemed to be having like each lap was the last lap of the race. I was catching 3 GT cars in the Carousel, when the last one in line spun right in front of me. As I was taking precautionary measures to see where he was going to check up, a hard charging Daytona Prototype swept by me and narrowly missed the spinning Porsche. Ironically or unironically that same Porsche would have a coming together on the 2nd lap of the race and put it out of the event."
At the start of the race, Team Sahlen's Wayne Nonnamaker dug deep and worked hard to rectify the poor grid position from no Qualifying by rising from 8th to 4th in a lap and half. A very early yellow at lap 2 saw the field bunch back up. Due to the severity of the wreck, the yellow became an extended