John and Team Sahlen - 2nd in a "Barn Burner" at Road America!

 A beautiful sunny day in Wisconsin was the setting for an epic ROLEX GT race.  And for Team Sahlen, starting on the Pole Position was a perfect start to the event.  Wayne Nonnamaker had placed the #43 Mazda RX-8 at the top of the grid with a record breaking lap. Wayne settled into a comfortable pace in the early laps, sitting in 4th place on the track.  Ten minutes into the race, there was an epic wreck , as the #07 GT had its throttle stick wide open going into Turn One.  This incident caused a prolonged yellow that put many teams guessing what would be the best strategy to take once the race went back green. 

 Team Sahlen choose top off the #42 and change drivers, replacing Wayne with John once past the 30 minute mandatory minimum driver time in car limit.  During the stop, new Continental Tires were added, along with a full load of fuel.  When the race resumed at the midpoint of the race, there was only 1 hour to go.  Thus all GT teams were faced with a situation of pitting and making a choice of either adding tires or not.  Team Sahlen choose to pit and only add the necessary fuel to get to the end of the race.  This strategy seemed to be backfiring, as many of the other GT competitors were trying to stretch their fuel to the end of the race.  But one by one, the GT competitors pitted, except for 3 in front of the #42.  Then on the last lap, the lead #88 ran out of fuel.  And then in turn 13 of 15, the #67 ran out of fuel.  The #31 almost hit the #67, but avoided an incident to sprint to the checkered flag.  This placed Team Sahlen in 2nd place! 

John Edwards enthused – “Wow, what a weekend! Wayne put the #42 Mazda on pole and we walked away with a hard-fought 2nd place finish. The Team Sahlen crew did a great job through the weekend to tweak the setup and give Wayne and I a very fast car, then made the right strategy call to pit for fuel to guarantee that we would make it to the end, while a few other cars risked it and ran out of fuel ahead of us. During the beginning of my stint, I thought I would be able to get by the #31 car as I felt quicker, but unfortunately he was fast coming off the corner, which didn't let me get close enough to get by. Still, this was a great result and I had a great time working with Team Sahlen.”

“John drove a fantastic race. He drove a steady, consistent pace, staying out of trouble, while others spun or were involved in incidents. In fact his pace was steady enough to secure Fastest Lap of the race for GT.  I am so happy for the crew.  We have ask them to make a lot of sacrifices and they have had to endure through several heartbreaks to get to this point.” – shared Team Manager Jay Chapman.