trying to secure a Rolex GT class victory it had finally arrived. The team had secured victories before in ROLEX in the SGS class. And the team has secured many a victory in the Grand American Continental Tire Series GS and ST classes, where they are the winningest team in said series. But now the GT victory has been secured, and at Mazda's home track no less.
For Northern California raised Dane Cameron, words were hard to come by when interviewed on SPEEDTV and on the podium. After letting the moment sink in, he found the words to share his emotions on the moment at hand - "Mazda Raceway was an incredible weekend. Our Sahen's Mazda has been handling great lately so I had high hopes that we would competitive but I never imagined the race playing out how it did. To win in Grand-Am everything has to go just right, and finally it did for us. I can't even describe how proud of the entire Sahlen's team I am, everyone works so hard and always gives there all and we have been so close so many times but something always happened. But not this time! Everything just went perfectly, the strategy from Katie, Wayne's opening stint, our pit stops and the race stayed green thankfully! I would have been very disappointed to leave GT without winning a race so this feels great and I can't thank everyone enough for their hard work and support."
Perseverance and Dedication are 2 words that epitomize Joe Sahlen's quest for this GT Victory - "I am very proud of the accomplishment that everyone at Team Sahlen has been able to achieve with this result. There were tough times over the years to reach this hurdle. It is a fantastic feeling and a great closing chapter to our time in GT before we transition into Daytona Prototypes in 2013.
Both the #42 & #49 were involved in minor skirmishes during the 2 hour and 45 minute event. None of these were major enough to deter either from finishing the event. At the end of the event, both placed in the Money, in 14th and 15th positions.
A look at the standings sees Team Sahlen's #42 & #43 firmly in the Top Ten in GT Team Points. Additionally, Drivers Dane Cameron and Wayne Nonnamaker have risen up to 6th in the Driver Standings, with still a strong opportunity to reach 4th overall at the conclusion of the year.
There is now only 1 event remaining on the 2012 Grand American ROLEX