(August 18, 2002) -- Paul Bonaccorsi, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., took his second-career
SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge Touring Car win at the Mosport International
Raceway mail2web.com Mosport Grand Prix in thrilling fashion. Mike Fitzgerald,
of Phoenix, Ariz., was second, followed by polesitter Will Turner, of Newburyport,
started second in his No. 40 TriPoint Motorsports/Mazdaspeed Protégé
and followed Turners No. 92 H&R Springs/Turner Motorsport BMW 325i for
the first five laps. Coming out of tight turn five on the sixth lap, Bonaccorsi
got a run, and was able to power past the BMW on the long up-hill back straight.
was able to hold off a flurry of challenges by Turner to record his second victory
this season and the third ever for the Mazda Protégé. Bonaccorsi
averaged 77.3 mph over the course of the 27-lap, 66.393-mile event en route to
a 0.424-second victory.
second place was sacrificed for a shot at the win in the final two corners. With
a report of oil in turn nine of the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit, Bonaccorsi gingerly
drove in, while Turner attacked the inside of the final corner. The two exited
side-by-side, with Bonaccorsi able to get on the power first, and Fitzgerald,
who was closely in third, was able to get a run on Turner at the stripe to finish
second in the No. 81 Team FBR/Trans Sport Lexus IS 300.
ecstatic to get a second win this year, said Bonaccorsi. I thought
I might be back on the podium, but didnt expect to get another win.
I took the lead, there was really no one behind me, and I got around turn five
great. I caught Will and figured he must have made a small mistake because I caught
him so quickly. He gave me room, and I was able to get past.
finish was the best ever for Lexus, coming on the heels of two-consecutive third
place results. Aware of the surface condition, Fitzgerald was able to capitalize
on Turners bid for the lead.
[Turner] and Paul [Bonaccorsi] were really battling hard in turns eight and nine,
which allowed me to catch up to them going into the final corner, said Fitzgerald.
Coming into the last corner, I pulled as far to the left as I could, dropped
it a gear and came out like a rocket.
earning his first-career Woodys Ice Pole, Turner made no apologies going
for the lead on the final lap.
came here to win and ducked to the inside of Paul [Bonaccorsi] in the last corner,
said Turner. Unfortunately, Fitzgerald just went by me on the front straight
after I committed to the inside. He should go through that corner like that all
Hemmingson, of W. Des Moines, Iowa, finished fourth with a heavy heart. Hemmingsons
former Crew Chief at ICY/SL Racing, Randy Wilmore, was killed in a motorcycle
accident Saturday. The series recognized Wilmores contributions in World
Challenge and with the Mazda Protégé program with a moment of silence
prior to the race.
winner earlier this season at Mosport, Ken Dobson, of Carmel Valley, Calif., was
fifth. James Sofronas, of Newport Beach, Calif., point leader Peter Cunningham,
of W. Bend, Wis., Brazils Pierre Kleinubing, Taz Harvey, of Danville, Calif.,
and Marc Kirberg, of Corte Madera, Calif., completed the top 10.
race was slowed by two cautions, one for a spectacular roll over in turn two by
John Bosch, who was uninjured. Rick Gilhart, of Cincinnati, Ohio, captured the
B&M Holeshot Award for advancing the most positions (four) on the opening
maintained his point lead, with 176, over teammate Kleinubing, with 161. However,
it has tightened behind, with Fitzgerald (159), Turner (158), Kirberg (153) and
Bonaccorsi (152) within striking distance. BMW maintains its lead in the Manufacturers
Championship standings, with 52, now followed by Mazda (40), Acura (34) and Lexus
race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel September 6 at 10:00 p.m.