Posted (09/20/2018) -
Team Sahlen will be entering a World Racing League event for the 3rd straight year. Just like last year, Team Sahlen will be competing with the series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. At this event last year, the team’s Porsche Cayman secured the overall victory against stiff competition from an Elan Prototype.
Joe Sahlen remembers back to last year’s race – “It was unusually hot for September, with the temperatures in the 90s. We had a few issues during the 8 hour race. And with an hour to go in the race, we saw ourselves in 2nd place overall. I was scheduled for the final stint, and had great fun racing with the leader and being fortunate to come out on top when the checkered flag flew.”
When Team Sahlen 1st raced with World Racing League 2 years ago, it was at the Gingerman Raceway circuit in Michigan. In this event, Team Sahlen campaign their Mazda RX7s, and were able to come out with a 1st and 2nd Overall result for the weekend’s long 7 hour endurance event.
Joe Nonnamaker remembers back to the event 2 years ago – “This was a very, very hot August race that I remember. We faced some stiff competition, and in the early parts of the race we were just pacing ourselves. Then as the race drew to a close, the competition succumbed to the heat of the day, and we amazingly found ourselves running 1st and 2nd. Those type of days don’t come to often in racing, so you have to enjoy them when they do come.”
Now this year Team Sahlen will shooting to secure an Overall Victory in World Racing League competition for the 3rd consecutive year. As always, the competition will be tough. Additionally, there are always a malady of incidents and mechanical issues that can occur when racing for 8 hours at a time.
The weekend will begin with the Saturday race that starts at 8:30 am. This will be the 1st of the double header 8 hour endurance events. After the Saturday race is complete, all the teams will get back up on Sunday for another 8 hour endurance race.
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