Bob Akin Award all comes down to 1000 km race for Team Sahlen's Nonnamaker
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Team Sahlen celebrating their 2005 Akin Award
A 1000 km ROLEX Grand American race at Miller Motorsports Park will determine the 2007 GT class Bob Akin Sportsman Award winner.

Over the 13 race season, the Award has come down to two drivers - Emil Assentato of SpeedSource and Joe Nonnamaker of Team Sahlen.

Both Sportsman drivers have competed against each other for years. But this season marks the first time the two have come head to head for an Award.
Joe Nonnamakerwill be driving Team Sahlen's #43 Corvette. He will be sharing the driving duties with his two sons - Wayne and Will Nonnamaker.

Ironically, Joe's son Will won the inaugural Bob Akin Award in 2005. This is a strange twist of fate as father is pursuing success after his son. Last year's champion was Marc Bunting, who incidentally finished 2nd to Will in the 05 Akin Award.

"I have been working out extra hard at home on my exercises to be ready for this long event. The crew has put extra focus ensuring we have excellent reliability. It will be very important to ensure we finish this race to be able to capture this award." - states Joe Nonnamaker
Team Sahlenwill be entering the #42 HRPWorldcom Corvette with Joe Sahlen, who will be accompanied by Wayne and Will Nonnamaker The #42 has the distinction in 2007 of posting the top Corvette finish in Rolex GT with a 6th place at Iowa Speedway.

"Our goal for the #42 is to end the year with a podium. It will be a difficult feat to accomplish, but we are going to try our best to make the run."
- states Will Nonnamaker

The 1000 km race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah will be televised on SPEED TV on September 15th starting at 1 pm.

The 2007 Team Sahlen ROLEX GT Campaign is support by, GOJO, ZIP Products, Kempthorn Auto Mall, HAWK Performance, Forgeline Wheels, cool shirt,,, Grassroots Motorsports, HotSeat, Holliday Canopies, Alcon, CM Racing, Joe Gibbs Motor Oil, Genesis Technologies, Endurance Karting, Racetech Seats, and Corsa Performance.

Some background notes on the chase for the Akin Award

In the chase for the title both drivers have driven a strong number of laps.
Joe Nonnamaker has driven 2,142 miles in the first 12 races.
Emil Assentato has driven 1,651 miles in the first 12 races.

Iron Man:
Joe Nonnamaker drove all but one lap at Montreal en route to a very tight Bob Akin race.
In that race Assentato scored 328 points while Nonnamaker scored 320 points.
Nonnamaker is no stranger to driving laps in a Rolex car.
Back in 2004 the rules allowed drivers to drive the entire race. Nonnamaker did that twice in 2004 scoring fourth place finishes in both races.

About the drivers:
Joe Nonnamaker - Joe Nonnamaker's racing career dates back to 1974 when he began racing in a Ford Pinto. Since then his racing has taken him through many different manufacturers. Joe scored his first Championship winning the Grand Am Cup Grand Sport title. Joe's wife, Kris, has only missed a handful of his races since 1974. Joe and Kris have been married since 1971 and have two children, Will and Wayne. Over the thirty plus year career, Joe has amassed seventeen professional wins and over fifty professional podiums. Nonnamaker first made an attempt at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona in 2004. He, his two sons, and NASCAR Series driver Paul Menard took home fourth place, the best result to date for Nonnamaker. Over the years Nonnamakers has helped developed cars from the Nissan Stanza to the Chevrolet Corvette C5 to an automatic transmission Datsun 280 ZX for the Nelson Ledges 24 Hours.

Emil Assentato - His career has seen him competing in the SCCA Formula Ford competition from 1973-1976 in local as well as National events. He re-entered competition in 1995 in the Ferrari Challenge Series campaigning a Ferrari 348 Challenge for most of the 1995 and 1996 events in North America. In 1996 he compiled 3 wins and a second and third in five starts in that series. He debuted<