Posted (01/26/2005) -
Buffalo, NY - On the eve of the Historic ROLEX 24 Hours of Daytona, Team Sahlen has announced the expansion of their 2005 Motorsports Campaign to include a full season assault on the Grand American ROLEX Championship. The 3 Team Sahlen Porsche GT3 Cup racers will compete in the GT category.
This announcement coincides with the recent Sahlen's press conference held at the January Daytona Test Days. At the Speedway, Joe Sahlen announced that Sahlen's would be the Presenting Partner with Phoenix Promotions' Grand-Am Cup Campaign. Team Sahlen's 5 Grand Sports Class Porsches will look to repeat for the 3rd year as the Grand-Am Cup Team, Driver and Manufacturer Champions
"Everyone at Sahlen's is very excited about the expansion of our partnership to include a full 3 car campaign in the ROLEX series as well as our 5 car campaign in the Grand-Am Cup. Grand American is the fastest growing motorsports organization in America, and we are excited to be an increasing part of that development." States Joe Sahlen of Sahlen's
Team Sahlen's Grand-Am Cup and ROLEX Porsches will be painted in Red, Black and Yellow, with the striking Sahlen's Flag Logo emblazoned on the sides and hoods of all 8 Grand American Porsches.
"We are very proud and honored to have such a great partner as Sahlen's. Sahlen's support of not only the series itself but both our ROLEX and Grand-Am Cup efforts speaks highly of their commitment towards the Grand American Road Racing Association, its teams, and drivers." States Will Nonnamaker of Phoenix Promotions.
Sahlen's is a Buffalo, New York company which is owned by Joe Sahlen. It was established as family business in 1869 and is known for their premium quality meat products. Sahlen's has been the exclusive presenter for the ROLEX Grand American events at Watkins Glen - the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen and the Sahlen's 200.
Phoenix ProMotions is owned by the Nonnamaker family and is based out of Massillon, Ohio. With the support of Sahlen, the team is focused upon continuing the success of Grand-Am Cup championships in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004 with a focused 2005 season. Phoenix Promotions has competed in the ROLEX series for the past 2 seasons and secured 2 victories and 3rd in the Team Championship in 2004. For 2005, the team is dedicated to taking the next step to success in GT.
For the 2005 ROLEX season, Team Sahlen will be campaigning the #41, #42 and #43 Porsche GT3 Cup racers. At the ROLEX 24 of Daytona, Team Sahlen will be racing the #41 and #43 Porsches. The Driver Line-up for #41 will be Victor Gonzalez Jr., James Jakes, and Joe, Wayne & Will Nonnamaker. #43's Line-Up will be Wes Allen, Brad Blum, Eric Lux, Manuel Soltero, and Ron Zitza.
The 2005 Team Sahlen's ROLEX Campaign will be presented with assistance from: GOJO, HRPWorld.com, HAWK Performance, TheRaceSite.com, NRAuto.com, Grassroots Motorsports Magazine, Jongbloed Wheels, Alcon, Unichip, LaminX, Racetech, Racing Optics, Red Line Oil, and Holliday Canopies