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PSCR: Speedracing Wins First Time Out!

21 March 1998

SEBRING, FL March 21, 1998

Poise, skill and luck determined the outcome of the rain-drenched four-hour
Speedvision Cup race for street stock race cars at historic Sebring
International Raceway this weekend.  SPEEDRACING came through with a debut
victory in the Compact class.  Driving a Honda del Sol VTEC, team drivers
Jim Dentici and Steve Nowicki drove to a comfortable victory over tough
opposition from a score of Mazda Miatas and a Nissan Sentra, in a race that
started with an absolute downpour and ended with a drying track, a rainbow,
and a great sunset.

Poise:  Crew Chief Michael Engelke played strategy to the team's advantage
by calling for fuel and a driver change with one hour and 45 minutes to go
in the race, allowing Nowicki to run to the finish without another stop and
making up track position.  "We weren't really sure how long the car would
go on a tank of fuel, but were confident we could make it to the end
considering the conditions," said Engelke. "We came out right where we left
off in third place, and had to make a run to the finish."

Dentici, Nowicki and the other 58 starters had to endure unbelievable
conditions to get to the finish.  Just as the green flag dropped for the
start, it rained so hard that the race was red flagged on the second lap
with reports of standing water on the track of up to 12 inches in certain

Skill:  At the restart, Dentici had to navigate the standing water that was
still on the track with the skill of a three time National Driving
Champion.  Said Dentici; "Turn one was a tough one.  It was so bad that I
had to press in the clutch to get the front tires to rotate under braking
so that the car would turn.  It was hard to see where the turn in points
were making it very difficult to get the braking done right and stay on the

Nowicki ran the last leg that started in a steady rain, and ended on a
predominantly dry but slippery track.  " It was like a rally out there,
especially when the track dried and the rain tires were out of their
element," said Nowicki.  " I don't think this is quite like the F1 boys
with their treaded tires, but it took a bit of finesse to keep the car
under control at times.  I thought it was great!  Once I was in first place
I came upon Miata after Miata, it seemed like they wouldn't leave me alone
and kept multiplying as I tried to lap them. As it turned out, that was a
bit of fun."

Luck:  The Nissan Sentra was the fastest car on the track all weekend, and
opened up a sizeable lead over the SPEEDRACING Honda when a yellow flag
with 50 minutes to go closed the competition.   After passing the
Protomotove Mazda for second place, a pit stop for the leading Nissan
placed the top three cars virtually nose to tail for a 45 minute sprint to
the finish: Honda, Mazda and Nissan.   "I was worried that the Nissan had
changed to dry tires during the last stop, but we didn't think that was the
case," said Nowicki.  "At that point I knew one of two things were going to
happen.  He would either drop back a bit on the restart because the second
driver wouldn't know where the slick parts were, so I had to make a go for
it before he caught back up.  Or, he would try to go too fast and slide off
the road.  We were lucky today because I saw him go straight off at the
hairpin.  About that time the rainbow came out, so I had it in the bag as
long as I kept it on the road."

This was the second consecutive class win for Nowicki at Sebring, and puts
the team first in points in the nine race series sanctioned by Professional
Sports Car Racing.  The next race is at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, April
25th, and SPEEDRACING expects to enter two cars in that event.

SPEEDRACING is a partnership between Steve Nowicki, Michael Engelke, and
Jerry Indermuehle, and consists of crewmembers Mark Greenisen, Patricia
Hurm and Jerry Zimmerman.  King Motorsports Unlimited, Valley Graphics,
SPEEDESIGN, and Eagle's Nest Galleries are partners with SPEEDRACING.