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This is a great read for those who don't already know what happened at the race..."finishing order is included, reader beware"!!!







Nissan, TeamRTR Record Victory, Qualifying Record at Road America Event [August 22, 04]

Team also hosts Make-A-Wish Foundation Child as Honorary Crew Chief

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (August 22, 2004) – In a weekend filled with highs and lows, NISMO/TeamRTR Nissan Sentra SE-R driver Peter Cunningham, set a new track record while qualifying for pole position, grabbed the early race lead, experienced braking problems on the first lap, fell several spots out of the lead, battled back to a second place finish and was later awarded the victory after the original winning entry was disqualified following a post-race technical inspection.

In other words, it was a typical anything-can-happen race weekend at the SCCA SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Championship race at Road America, which Cunningham, of West Bend, Wis., considers his home track.

The race also provided Nissan, Cunningham’s TeamRTR and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin® the chance to provide some very special memories for a local child, who participated on race day as Cunningham’s honorary crew chief and was the official race starter. The youngster, 14-year-old Brandon from De Pere, Wis., was dressed in an official TeamRTR crew uniform and followed the race with a headset along side the pit crew. Brandon was also given instruction on team operation and the technical aspects of the 250-plus horsepower Sentra SE-R Spec V racecar by Cunningham. It is the second year in a row that TeamRTR has hosted a child from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Nissan and the Milwaukee area Nissan dealers also donated $3,500 to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin. Nissan’s support of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is part of Nissan’s global commitment to “Enriching People’s Lives” through charitable contributions, in-kind donations and other philanthropic investments.

“The entire team was pumped-up before the race started, just by watching Brandon’s enthusiasm,” said Cunningham. “It was an added bonus to bring home a victory for our honorary crew chief.”

Cunningham, who owns TeamRTR, earned the pole in qualifying, for the second race in a row on Saturday by turning in a record-breaking average lap speed of 99.510 mph (2:26.445 minutes), the fastest lap ever in SCCA SPEED Touring Car series history. Top speed on sections of the challenging 4.048-mile Road America circuit approached 140 mph. Cunningham broke the mark of 98.702 mph he set two weeks ago at Mosport International Raceway. The lap also broke Cunningham’s own Road America qualifying mark of 95.411 mph (2:32.737 minutes) set last year.

In the race, Cunningham jumped out to an early lead only to experienced braking issues with his No.4 NISMO/TeamRTR Nissan Sentra and surrendered the race lead to Pierre Kleinubing’s No.42 Acura TSX. Suddenly in third place, Cunningham hung tough and eventually passed James Sofronas, the only driver between him and the leader. However, Cunningham was unable to overtake Kleinubing crossing the finish line 6.699 seconds behind the winner.

“Everything was great up until turn five,” Cunningham said. “I went for the brakes and nobody was home. I had huge rear lockup. It was all I could to hang on. I lost only a couple of places. I managed to get one of them back, but I didn’t have anything for Pierre after that.”

Kleinubing’s car was subsequently disqualified from the event, elevating Cunningham to the top spot. The victory was the 28th overall for Cunningham and his first victory of the year. Cunningham, who has won more professional sports car races than anyone in North America, is fifth in the 2004 World Challenge standings after eight of 10 races.

Nissan is third overall in the SCCA SPEED Touring Car Manufacturers' Championship point standings.

NISMO, the premier supplier of high-performance parts and accessories for Nissan vehicles, supports the teams. NISMO offers a wide range of parts, accessories and apparel through participating Nissan dealers nationwide.

In North America, Nissan’s operations include automotive styling, engineering, consumer and corporate financing, sales and marketing, distribution and manufacturing. More information on Nissan in North America and the complete line of Nissan vehicles can be found online at www.nissanusa.com.

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Contact: Sumi Shimizu, NNA Corporate Communications, 310-771-5803

(Or visit the Nissan Online News Bureau at www.nissannews.co
 

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thats awsome I hope he does as well sunday cause thats the first race Ill actually be able to see ( since I my new apt gets speed). Anyone know why the TSX was DQ?
 

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I looked everywhere I could through internet searching and was not able to find anything
as to why the Acura was disqualified
 

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go to the source:

REALTIME RACING WAIVES RIGHT TO PROTEST, ROAD AMERICA SPEED TOURING CAR RESULTS FINAL

TOPEKA, Kan. (Aug. 24, 2004) – Results from Sunday’s SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car Round Eight race have gone final, with no changes from the revised provisional that named Peter Cunningham the race winner.

RealTime Racing, which expressed its intent to protest the decision of the Chief Steward to disqualify its initial race-winning entry for Pierre Kleinubing, waived its right to the protest and has accepted the disqualification.

In a release put out by RealTime Racing, the team stated: “The onus for proper configuration rests with each competitor, and when it comes to the pieces in question, we made a significant but unintentional error.”

The cylinder head and intake manifold from Kleinubing’s Acura TSX was found to have modifications not specifically permitted by the car’s Vehicle Technical Specifications (VTS).

“RealTime Racing has accepted the penalty,” SCCA Vice President and General Manager Mitch Wright said. “We have talked with the team, and accept that they did not purposely try to break the rules. They made an error in understanding the rules for this model. Regardless, the parts were not to the specifications set, and are therefore not legal.”

read: http://www.world-challenge.com/news/04press139.html
 

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Well. That's bad news for the Acura team for RTR but it's friggin' great news for us Sentra guys!!! A win is a win, and after getting stuffed into the wall at the start of the race last time he had the pole...this is a nice retribution.
 
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