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Posted (05/24/2017) -

Team Sahlen will be making their 1st ChumpCar start of the season at this Memorial Day weekend Chumpcar event at the Glen.  Not only is Watkins Glen International the home event for Sahlen’s (Buffalo, New York), but the weekend’s event is title sponsored as the “Sahlen’s Chumpyard DOG at the Glen.”

The weekend will start with open practice on Friday.  Then on Saturday will be the 1st of the double header 7 hour endurance events.  After the Saturday race is complete, all the teams will get back up on Sunday for another 7 hour endurance race.

“We raced at the recent American Endurance Racing event in April.  Even though that race was in Porsche Caymans, all of us have at least had many laps around Watkins Glen to refresh ourselves with the nuances of this classis sports car course.” – shared Joe Nonnamaker

Beyond the on track racing, Joe Sahlen is again very excited for the family outing on this Memorial Day weekend.  At track camping out the whole weekend will be a full complement of Sahlens – Joe, his wife Anita, sons Billy & Joseph, Joseph’s wife Kristen, and 5 grandchildren.  Joe shared his thoughts “Last year we had so much fun camping out here on Memorial Day weekend.  I am looking forward to another funfilled time grilling some Sahlen’s Hot Dogs.  We have always enjoyed camping at Watkins Glen, even as far back as the 70’s when it was just Anita and I here in our van watching the Formula One races.  Flash forward to the present, and now there are our kids all grown up at the track with us, along with all our grandchildren.  What more could you ask for than to be able to sit back after the races are over in the evening and relax with the whole family, what a joy.”

In last year’s Sahlen’s Chumpyard DOG at the Glen, Team Sahlen had a heartbreaking ending to a hard fought Sunday race.  Team Sahlen raced in the top 3 in the full 100 car field all day,  With an hour to go in the race, Team Sahlen found themselves in 1st place, with a 1 lap lead on the competition.  All seemed perfect, until 2 laps to go in the race, when the Mazda RX7 unfathomably ran out of gas.  The ChumpCar racing staff even felt the pain for the Sahlen racers, and awarded them  the “Tough Break” award at the weekend ending awards reception.

For this year’s event, Team Sahlen will again be returning with the same driver line up as 2016: Joe Sahlen, Joseph Sahlen, Jacob Grimm, Joe Nonnamaker, Wayne Nonnamaker and Will Nonnamaker.  The 6 drivers will be driving the team’s 3 Mazda RX7s: Charcoal, Ketchup and Mustard.

Wayne Nonnamaker shared his thoughts leading up to the race -“We were so very close to the victory last year at the Glen.  It would have been so nice to have won at Sahlen’s home race.  The crew has put tremendous effort into the offseason to remedy many of the reliability issues we had last year, as well as working on some development to increase our ability to get to the front of the pack. It should a fun weekend, and I can’t wait for the green flag to fly and see how things shake out on track when the checkered flag flies.”.

The start of both Saturday’s and Sunday’s Sahlen’s Chumpyard DOG at the Glen will be at 9 am.  The 7 hour races will conclude at 4 pm each day.  Tune into ChumpCast this Saturday and Sunday to watch the Sahlen's Chumpyard DOG at the Glen, live commentary, timing and scoring updates, and in car video from many, many race cars




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