Team Sahlen to Unveil New Paint Scheme at Roar Before the Rolex 24

NORTH CANTON, Ohio – Team Sahlen will unveil a brand-new paint scheme for its No. 42 and No. 43 Mazda RX-8s at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 on Jan. 7-9.

The two Team Sahlen Mazda RX-8s will have a new look in 2011.

The SpeedSource-built Mazdas will be white, with black highlights for the No. 42 of Memo Gidley and Wayne Nonnamaker, and red highlights for the No. 43 of Joe Sahlen with Joe and Will Nonnamaker.
“For the10 years we have had a very consistent look, and I am very sentimental to the previous design,” Wayne Nonnamaker said. “We had a lot of success and secured several championships with those schemes. But 2011 is the perfect time to revise our paint scheme. We are working hard to make an impression on the ROLEX GT class for 2011, and what better way to signify that with a new look.

“But fans need not worry that are straying too far from our roots,” Nonnamaker added. “The familiar Yellow Lighting bolt will be emblazoned into the design. And along with the Sahlen logo, the colors will still be Red, Black, White and Yellow. Additionally, each Team Sahlen Mazda will have a variation in the color combination that will assist in distinguishing one Team Sahlen Mazda from another.”

Beyond the new paint scheme, Team Sahlen hopes to continue to have an impact on the GT class. This includes being a consistent front runner, a pattern that started at the end of the 2010 race season, and cumulated with Team Sahlen being the top Mazda at the fall test at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

“We had a good test at Homestead and feel we learned many things that should translate well to Daytona, said chief engineer Catherine Crawford Wallace. “The test days at Daytona should give us a chance to jell as a team and be ready for the 24.”

The 2011 Team Sahlen GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 & GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Campaigns will be supported by Mazda, Mazdaspeed,, Cool Shirt, Racetech Seats, BBS, Racing Print Media, Alcon, Mothers Polish, EMCO,, Western New York Flash, Grassroots Motorsports, Castrol Oil, Holliday Canopies, ASC Industries, Muscle Milk, Iannetti Design Ideas, CM Racing


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