HINDMAN: COTA Debrief

Being the only FIA 1 track in the U.S., Circuit of The Americas will always be a special event on any series calendar.

With a very fast and flowing sector one and a third sector that has the feel of essentially a giant autocross, the drivers get to experience a bit of everything within 3.5 miles of tarmac.

This is a course that has a very technical style to it. Designed to show off the capabilities of a Formula 1 car, it is easy to feel slightly out of place at times in such a massive expanse of pavement (track limits, hooray!).

Austin itself is an amazing town but I’m certainly a bit more partial to spending quality time in the race car, at the race track. It’s truly a beautiful place, aside from the insane Texas heat of course! Minor detail I suppose…

Since our WEC brethren made their one and only American appearance this past weekend, quality track time was certainly at a minimum in both the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Championship and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

This was the perfect scenario to show off the quality of work and long hours spent back at both the Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing and Bodymotion Racing shops in preparation of the equipment.

If you did not roll off the trailer with a competitive package from the get-go, you were more than likely going to have a very, very difficult weekend playing catch up with no time to do so.

Luckily for Craig Duerson and me, the Prestige Performance/WTR crew did an amazing job re-prepping our Huracan Super Trofeo and we had absolutely no issues.

We had worked hard throughout testing and even through qualifying to find the right balance with our car, but at the end of the day we were a little bit tentative to change anything major just keeping in mind how much the track was going to change throughout the weekend.

Between the intense heat and number of cars laying down all different sorts of rubber, it was damn near impossible to predict exactly what was going to happen. All we knew was that it was going to be greasier than ever.

Race 1 was late Thursday evening and although temperatures had cooled down quite a lot, the track was still extremely slippery.

We had a good effort for 3rd place during qualifying and I wanted to be aggressive and get to the lead at the start, which we were able to do.

Our car was working brilliantly and a gap started to open up during those first few laps, then came the one and only full course yellow. Once you build some temperature and pressure in those Pirelli tires, you certainly do want to let that go, but in a case like this you just have no choice.

After the race went green again we still hung on to the lead but not by much. I really would have liked to give Craig some more breathing room coming into our pit stop but roughly a second was all I could manage after the yellow.

The Prestige Performance/WTR guys gave us a killer pitstop as usual and Craig came out of the box in third overall, first in the Pro-Am class, which is ultimately where we finished!

Friday was race day for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge as well as race number two of the weekend for Super Trofeo.

After finishing race one less than 12 hours prior, our second Trofeo race of the weekend was early in the morning and this time I would be closing out the race.

Our engineer David and I had made some solid progress on the car for race one and we had made a few more small changes for race two that Craig and I were really excited to try.

Unfortunately hopes for another overall podium and/or class win were dashed when Craig was hit by another driver at the apex of Turn 13. With that said, we were able to continue running, off the pace, but finish the full race distance and collect points to maintain our lead of the Pro-Am championship.

Titles are won not on the good or great days, but in the races that are the most difficult. It is so easy to throw your hands up and give in when you’re just driving around, laps down and off pace, but ultimately every single point matters.

I am very proud of Craig for continuing to push on, as well as the Prestige crew for their efforts in getting us across the line at the end of 50 minutes with a damaged race car.

Race 2 of the day was the hottest yet of the weekend but the Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport was really hooked up for Cameron Cassels and me, so we were excited to go after it and try to earn our fourth win of the season.

I know I say this every time I write to you, but Cam really put together his most solid stint yet and all of us at Bodymotion are extremely excited to see that kind of effort and performance coming along from him.

We had set the pace in practice one on Wednesday, so I knew that we had a very fast car in the hot, greasy conditions that we would see at the end of our two and a half hour event.

With no full course yellow to pack up the field in the final stint, we settled for a solid, but distant, second place finish. The Bodymotion Racing crew absolutely nailed our two pitstops and I for sure am super proud of everybody’s effort in the near unbearable heat.

Three unbelievably hot and hectic days were over in a heartbeat but I am definitely glad to have walked away with some additional hardware and two mostly intact race cars.

I would like to apologize to the poor souls who had to sit next to me on my flight back to Newark Liberty International for the horrible stench of stale champagne and sweaty race gear, but I suppose that is the smell of victory… or at the very least a successful weekend.

As always, a big thank you to Craig, Cameron, Joe Koenig and Trim-Tex, Bodymotion Racing, and Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing for every ounce of effort that went into our weekend.

Next up for us at Bodymotion is our season finale at Road Atlanta in about ten days time.

On the flip side, it’s going to be some time until Craig and I are back behind the wheel of our Huracan Super Trofeo at the Lamborghini World Final in early December.

HINDMAN: VIR Debrief

Every time we come to VIR, I always believe that we are in for one wild ride… I mean, just look at the place!

Seventeen very difficult corners ranging from technical, low grip, off camber, decreasing radius to absolutely balls-to-the-wall high speed climbing esses that, without any hesitation, could throw you into a place you really don’t want to be quite quickly.

I love this place for that very reason; yet another old school race track that follows the natural terrain, has lots of character and one hell of a story. Either way, this latest trip to VIR did not disappoint!

Arriving on Wednesday afternoon, it was interesting to see what changes had been made to the track since this most recent re-pave.

Nothing really stuck out to me too much aside from a few corners with sealer down already and the general idea in your head that the track was going to pick up grip throughout the weekend and hopefully not it’s own asphalt.

Fortunately having been to VIR many times before, I was confident in what could possibly be accomplished in our Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo as well as the Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Promoter test days are far and few between these days but luckily we had the opportunity to test both cars all day on Thursday.

As track conditions will always change dramatically throughout the first two days of a race weekend, we didn’t focus on finding the ideal set-up with our cars right away.

Rather, our goal was to get re-acclimated to the track, get a feel for the new pavement, and at least get an idea of the tuning direction that we would like to follow for the official practice day on Friday.

Unfortunately, the No. 10 Prestige Performance Huracan Super Trofeo was experiencing some significant power steering issues which was solved later on in the day to get Craig some solid seat time in that beast.

Fortunately for us, Jordan Taylor decided to bless us with his presence in order to help us peasant Super Trofeo drivers out, although the WTR Corvette Daytona Prototype was not in attendance.

Jordan hasn’t driven the Huracan Super Trofeo too much, but his experience and ability to critique our driving just through observation was definitely a big help all throughout practice and qualifying.

Super Trofeo Race 1 fell directly in the middle of Saturday morning in the already blazing Virginia heat.

In terms of track conditions, it wasn’t too much of a surprise to us that our pace and the overall grip level remained relatively similar in the increased temperatures purely because of how new the surface of the road was.

After qualifying and starting third for race one, we ran in the third position throughout a first stint plagued by full course yellows until it was time for me to hand the car off to Craig.

In a solid stint, Craig held on to third overall until about 10 minutes to go when the raging bull saw red and decided we just had to do our best to bring it home in one piece.

Final result: fourth overall and third in class, really a very solid race for us considering that we had a few items with the car that needed to be addressed for race two.

Later on in that honestly disgusting Virginia humidity, Bodymotion Racing, Cameron Cassels, and myself were really gunning hard to get back up on the top step of the podium. We showed some really outstanding pace in practice and worked very hard on the car and ourselves as a team to give us the best possible shot at another win.

Well, after rolling off the grid in sixth and Cam getting one hell of a start, mother nature decided that us folks at VIR were having entirely too much fun on that nice new pavement and wanted to change it up a bit… or a lot for that matter.

Out of all of my years at racetracks around the United States of America, I have never, ever seen a storm pop out of nowhere like that with the same intensity as this one did in the CTSC race. Between all of the rain and the dangerously close lightning strikes, it’s really something that nobody was hurt or went off track in any sort of significant fashion.

That race saw an immediate red flag and we were parked not knowing what was going on for almost a full hour.

The storm had let up quite a bit by the time I got into the car and the race went green again. I absolutely love racing in the rain, especially when you’ve got a great car underneath you, so slowly chipping away at the gap between myself and the GS leaders was challenging yet really, really fun.

After moving into third, we caught the No. 15 GT350R-C right at the last lap and after doing everything I could to get around (including a few almost off track excursions), we had to settle for third.

With that said, Cameron and I were thrilled with the result considering how extreme the weather was and the fact that our Porsche was still in one piece.

Luckily Sunday was much cooler and the Prestige Performance/WTR crew had made some changes to our car that Craig and I were curious to feel out.

After starting eighth, Craig made a run up to fourth overall in another opening stint that saw significant time behind the safety car. Seeing our pace was much better than the day before, I was certainly ready to take the fight to the Pro-Am leaders.

Fortunately the great strategic calls by our team put us right into second place overall for the final 20 minutes of the race.

We had a great shot at trying to take home our second overall win of the year, but between another full course caution and a super fast Shinya Michimi, we again settled for another overall podium and win in the Pro-Am category.

I know, a bit long winded here but I’m always excited to share my take on these race weekends. A huge, huge thank you to both the Bodymotion Racing and Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing teams for all of their long hours and hard work in the miserable heat.

Also, a big thank you to Cameron Cassels and Craig Duerson for once again giving it all they had behind the wheel – I’m a lucky guy to be sharing race cars with both drivers.

Finally, a big thanks to our partners Cassels Racing, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, and the Prestige Family of Fine Cars for all of their support with these programs. See you all in COTA!

HINDMAN: Road America Debrief

Quite some time has passed since I last reported to you all, but it certainly was not for a lack of racing, that’s for sure!

Watkins Glen was the last event for the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America championship. Between then and now, there were two more races for the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge; Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Lime Rock.

The Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport showed lots of speed in both of those races, but unfortunately we could not continue our winning ways. However, we netted solid 4th and 3rd place finishes, but we certainly are aiming for the top step of the podium every time we turn a lap.

This past weekend was my first time back in the Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo in about a month, and the first time Super Trofeo had ever visited Road America.

I must say, just the sheer sound of 20 screaming 5.2 liter V10s blasting down into turn one is quite spectacular to see and hear.

This weekend was shaping up to be the busiest yet for me personally. The schedule was packed and there were a fair amount of quick turn arounds between the CTSC and Super Trofeo sessions, so finding enough time to balance the two was difficult, but it’s definitely a nice problem to have.

Prior to Race 1 of Super Trofeo on Saturday evening, Cameron Cassels and I had our 2 hour 30-minute CTSC race. Although Cameron qualified (and made massive improvements in that short 15 minute run), we decided to make a big change to our strategy and have me start – first time I would start a CTSC race since Road Atlanta in 2014!

There were two cautions during that opening stint but we were still able to get out front and start pulling a gap. Finally on the third safety car period, we decided to take advantage and get Cam in the car for the middle stint.

In a race plagued by many laps behind the safety car, Cam managed to maintain solid track position throughout all of those restarts before handing the car back over to me for the final stint where we ultimately finished 5th.

Next on the schedule was race one of Super Trofeo. During testing and even through qualifying, Craig Duerson and I kept working on ourselves and the car to help close up our gap to the quickest guys.

We both want to not only win in the Pro-Am category, but we also want to be fighting for the overall win as well.

I qualified third for Race 1 and we were able to move up to second at the start going down into Turn 1. We were fighting some demons with our car all weekend, so I knew catching and passing the leader at that point was going to be high risk and one tall order.

All I wanted to do was keep him in my sights and not burn up the tires or car for Craig. Thanks to the Prestige Performance team, we had a fantastic pit stop that put Craig right out into the overall lead and he never looked back.

Unfortunately the race ended under yellow, but it was still a great feeling to know that we finally won overall due to great strategic calls and a fair bit of luck!

Race 2 proved to be much more of a fight but Craig did exactly what he needed to do in terms of keeping the car in one piece for our final push to the end.

We made up quite a lot of ground and caught the leader of the Pro-Am class with two laps remaining.

Unfortunately I just completely used up the car playing catch up and I was unable to attack and make a move for the lead.

Still, a great race because we brought home 2nd in class and 3rd overall – a great points day for us.

Massive thank you to my co-drivers, Craig and Cameron, along with the entire Prestige Performance/WTR and Bodymotion Racing teams for putting up with my constant disappearance!

Both crews gave us great race cars this weekend and I cannot ask for anything more.

We will be back at it for both championships in VIR coming up in two weeks time. I am looking forward to getting back on track and cleaning up some mistakes I had made this past weekend.

Can’t win em’ all but I’ll sure as hell try to!

Bodymotion Racing’s GS Car Finishes on the Podium While Its ST Car Is in the Top 10 At CTSCC Series Race at Lime Rock

LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 24 – The No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport driven by Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman could have used a full-course caution flag in the late stages of Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Lime Rock Park.
 
Considering that 35 cars started the race and that Lime Rock Park is the shortest road course on the series’ schedule, that seemed probable during a 2.5-hour race. 
 
Although a yellow never waved to bunch up the field, the No. 12 still finished third overall and third in the Grand Sport (GS) class, giving the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team another podium finish, continuing the entry’s record of never finishing out of the top five, and earning more points for its drivers.
The No. 12’s sister car, a 2012 Porsche Cayman sponsored in part by VeriStor and Delaware Investments, finished ninth in the Street Tuner (ST) class for the second race in a row. Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. share the driving duties for that entry.
 
Cassels, a rookie from Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, qualified sixth in the No. 12 and was still in that position when he pitted for the driver change on lap 46. 
 
Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., started his stint in sixth, but a lap down. He set the car’s fastest lap of the race on lap 53 as he tried to get the lap back. By lap 71 he was third and on the same lap as the leader with one hour and 17 minutes remaining. He dropped back to fifth when he made his second pit stop on lap 93 with 55 minutes remaining, and then tried to do it all again. He moved into fourth on lap 112 when the leader pitted. He passed Peter Ludwig for third with 31 minutes remaining, but the gap to second was too much when time ran out.
Rabe started 16th in the ST class. He set his car’s fastest race lap on lap seven and had several stirring battles, including one with his co-driver from last year, as he advanced to fourth in class before turning the No. 31 over to Jones on lap 68.
 
Jones started his stint in 11th in class but after some pit stops and some passes he was ninth in class in less than 10 laps. He was mired in a bevy of similar cars during most of his stint though, and he took the checkered flag in ninth as the overall winning Mustang completed its 150th lap and three Mazdas took the ST-class podium finishes.
 
The race will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1 on a tape-delayed basis at noon EDT on Sunday, July 31.
 
Bodymotion, a full-service automotive repair facility, has a Web site at Bodymotion.com. It also has a Facebook page and it’s on Twitter and Instagram.
Post-race quotes: 
 
Cameron Cassels: “I thought the race went really well. I can’t believe that it stayed green the entire time.
 
“Not that we were banking on a caution, but it certainly would have been nice to have had a caution with about an hour to go.
 
“Saying that though, for me it was a bit of a redeeming race in that we’ve had some great success this season and some great work in the pits, but we’ve also had some great luck this season too with some cautions helping us get onto the podium. But at this race on this bullring of a track where it was all green, we had to do everything we could – two drivers and the entire crew – to try to climb up onto the podium. 
 
“So for me it was a bit redeeming. As much as we love Trent and he does a great job, I like to help contribute too, and for this one I think it was really a team effort to get onto the podium.”
 
Trent Hindman: “It was a hot race. It was definitely warm but it wasn’t too bad in the car though. Overall you can feel the heat with the track condition more that anything.
 
“We were fighting to hang on for a long time just trying to keep the tires underneath us and not overdrive the car and not overheat the tires. Then again the Continental tires held up beautifully for us today.
 
“We just did our best to try to hunt down the leaders. Over the last couple races we’ve been lucky getting yellows that would bunch the field back up so we could make up whatever time we lost. Just through strategy or whatever, we would be able to make up some ground. Today actually it was quite shocking that we did a race at Lime Rock with 35 cars on track that didn’t have one full-course yellow.
 
“It is a sense of accomplishment for us to bring home a podium even more, especially for Cameron. He really did a heck of a job today. He did everything he could to stay on the lead lap, which he absolutely did. He had quite a margin to that point, so for his first time here at Lime Rock he did an absolutely beautiful job. 
 
“Ultimately I think if we did have a yellow we would have been able to fight for the win. The Bodymotion guys gave me a fantastic car today, especially over the long runs. But at the end of the day we have to be proud of what we did. It was a great way to rebound from Mosport, and we look forward to Road America.”
Jason Rabe: “It was an exciting day here at Lime Rock Park for the entire Bodymotion crew.
 
“We kind of got a handle on it after qualifying. The car had quite a bit of understeer, so I just had to adapt my driving style. But then we started picking off cars one by one. 
 
“At one point we were three wide and I shot up the middle, which was pretty exciting. This place is very hard to pass, so I just had to go for it. 
 
“But from 16th to fourth; I pitted in fourth place and handed it over to Devin. 
 
“Devin did a good job managing the car. It was tricky conditions for everybody out there. Our car definitely started to free up quite a bit, so it was more of a drift session out there.
 
“It was a decent points day to finish in ninth again. We have two ninth places in a row. Top fives or podiums are a lot better, but we’ll hopefully keep some momentum going into Road America.”
 
Devin Jones: “We struggled a little bit all weekend. Jason had a great stint and put us up towards the top 10. From there we got off cycle a little on the pit stops. Some people short-pitted a little and gained some time on us.
 
“It was still a solid run and a decent points day. Obviously we would like to be a little bit better than that, but we were just kind of on our own island there. We couldn’t really race anybody; we were just hoping for a caution. 
 
“We’ll take this and go to Road America and keep digging for the last stretch of the season.”
Michael Bavaro (team owner): “I think the boys did a good job with the 31 ST car. We started 16th and finished ninth, so a top 10 finish making it a good day for points. The car handled well. We struggled with it at the beginning, but we got it where we needed and both guys had two clean stints other than a couple little dings and dents. It was a very ferocious battle out there, seeing them go into Turn 1 three wide on quite a few laps. It had us nervous in the [pit] box, looking at Turn 2 to make sure they came out of it. So it was a fun race to watch, and we did well.
 
“Both drivers in the GS car did a great job. Cameron did a beautiful job. It’s his first time at this track. I hate to keep saying that, but we’re going to keep saying it because every track is his first time at the track, but he did an excellent job. His times during his stint were within tenths of the leaders. Everybody was running 59 second-plus laps, and he was right there with them. He did a great job staying with the leaders. 
 
“After the pit stop Trent brought the car up, as is his style; he loves to chase a rabbit, and he sure chased them down.
 
“It’s just a little surprising at Lime Rock to go two and a half hours with that kind of traffic without any cautions. There were a few incidents but none of them blocked the track. It was a very clean race. Had there been a caution it would have been kind of a different story; we love to see Trent get up there and fight it out with the boys, but he closed the gap from a lap down to 30 seconds to probably at the end we were 9 seconds shy, so that’s good, but the race is not three hours; it’s two and a half hours.
 
“We’re pleased all the way around. We had a good points day. We’ll see how that shakes out when they announce it on Monday. Now on to Road America in two weeks!”

Bodymotion Racing Gets Another Top-Five Finish

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, July 9 -The Bodymotion Racing No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport of Cameron Cassels and Trent Hindman ended up right where it started, fourth in Grand Sport and fourth overall, after two hours and 30 minutes of competition in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) Saturday afternoon. The entry has never been out of the top five, as it was coming off three consecutive victories in its first three races of the year. 

Cassels, a rookie from Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada who was making his first start at this very fast and very challenging 10-turn, 2.459-mile road course, got a lap down 41 minutes into the race but still retained fourth. Hindman, of Wayside, N.J., got in at about the 48-minute mark and was able to make that lap up by lap 56 with about 1 hour remaining, but a drive-through penalty for a rules violations during a pit stop put the car back a lap down to the leader. With a fourth-place finish secure, Cassels returned to the cockpit for the finish to see the checkered flag and collect the points.

Post-race quotes follow:
 
Cameron Cassels: “It was quite a race! It was definitely educational coming here. I learned a lot. I learned a lot more about myself and about car control. This is maybe not the best place to try to learn about car control, but it is what it is. 
 
“It was super greasy. It was the same for everybody; it wasn’t just our four Bodymotion guys complaining about the track surface. We always seemed to be behind the car a bit. We were always trying to figure out where the grip was and how the car would change, and whether it was the tires or the track.
 
“Saying that, for me, I’ll look back at this and remember that I did my personal best in the race. I got down to a 31, so I still have a whole bunch of homework to do but I’m happy to be walking away with that. 
 
“You can’t win them all. There are some things we know we have to work on so we won’t have a repeat of some of the errors we made. But saying that, the guys worked their butts off from the time we unloaded for the test day until the checkered flag. No one gave up. 
 
“At the end we couldn’t gain anything, so I went out to just get a little bit more seat time. I got to see what a checkered flag looks like; usually Trent sees that [as finishing driver]!
 
“At the end the event was a success. I got some good track experience, and we got some experience with this Porsche on this track, so there are a lot of things for us to remember and hold our heads up high. We brought the car home in one piece, and now we’ll get ready for Lime Rock.
 
Trent Hindman: “Sometimes your luck runs out, and today just wasn’t our day, unfortunately. But a big thank you to all the Bodymotion Racing guys for doing their best to bring us back.
 
“We were back on the lead lap for a little while there, but unfortunately we just made a couple mistakes that put us back further behind than we wanted to and out of contention for the win. 
 
“Either way, we’ll learn from the mistakes made here and move forward to Lime Rock. We’ll correct everything that went wrong today, but for the most part these guys really worked hard throughout the weekend. We had a great race car. Sometimes in motorsports things don’t go your way, but again, big thanks to the Bodymotion Racing guys, Cameron Cassels, Continental Tire and Porsche for all their help.”
The next event is July 22-23 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.
 
For more information, see imsa.comBodymotion.com and follow the team on Facebook/Bodymotion or Twitter/TeamBodymotion.

HINDMAN: Watkins Glen Debrief

Nothing ever ceases to amaze me more than the emotional rollercoaster that is motorsport.

Sometimes, it’s not just day by day or even session to session. Occasionally I find that perspective and attitude can change all within one lap, and that could be the difference between a win, podium, or even finishing a race.

This past weekend at Watkins Glen International was one such weekend, and I’ll be brutally honest here, it was a rollercoaster straight from the start.

The whole Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing squad was more than ready to get back at it after just about nine weeks off.

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was the first-ever race in the Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship for Craig and me, so we were certainly hungry to improve upon some excellent results that we had achieved in the beginning of May.

We both knew that we still had much to learn about the car, and that was our main focus throughout practice.

Unfortunately, there were some fairly lengthy red flags in practice for incidents (which if I’ve heard correctly, all drivers involved were ok) and that really took away from the amount of time we had to set a number and see where the cards fell for us.

At that point, all we could do was focus on building solid balance and making sure we had a car that could run the entire 50-minute race without experiencing any large scale tire degradation; luckily it wasn’t too difficult because of the beautiful new surface at Watkins Glen.

We maintained the same plan as we did at Mazda Raceway. I would qualify and start Race One and finish Race Two.

Qualifying was off to a great start as my teammate Shinya and I battled for pole position, but fortunately the No. 10 Prestige Performance/WTR Lamborghini came out on top!

Craig was in the very same position for the second qualifier, as he continued to find lap time and ultimately put us on the inside of row two for race two.

Race 1 was off to a great start as we took the lead coming out of Turn 1, pulling a little bit of a gap, and maintained that gap for my stint in the car.

The main goal as a starting driver is to go fast, but also preserve the equipment for the finishing stint… a skill I was very fortunate to learn during the 2014 CTSC season with Fall-Line Motorsports and John Edwards.

The Prestige crew executed an excellent driver change and then Craig was off to chase the leaders down. He put together a very solid and consistent race, where we finished 2nd overall and won the Pro-Am class; exactly where we left off at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Unfortunately Race 2 wouldn’t be so nice to us. Early on, just after the drop of the green flag, Craig had reported a soft brake pedal that continued to get worse.

Somehow he hung on to the thing for about four laps until it was time to pit and do our driver change.

As I was getting into the car, he had warned me that something was very wrong and please be careful… I more or less said “to hell with it” and pushed hard straight out of pit lane until, of course, it was time to slow down for the bus stop.

The brake pedal went straight to the floor and never came back. It wasn’t necessarily the worst spot to have this sort of problem, as it is fairly safe to go straight on at the bus stop and make it around turn five without any issues.

At that point I knew that there wasn’t a chance that I could race with that issue unless we could do a quick repair to the car on pit lane, which was not possible as it turned out.

I was fairly bummed that we had this problem, as Craig would have surely been chasing the leaders closely during his stint, giving us the opportunity to fight for the overall victory. Either way, it’s just a part of racing and we will move on.

With that said, a massive congratulations to Shinya and his double win weekend and a huge thank you as well to the entire Prestige Performance/WTR squad for their effort up to, and throughout the weekend.

It is no coincidence that hard work and long hours by everybody results in luck.

So, to round this whole thing up, I call racing an emotional rollercoaster because you can and will experience the extreme highs to the devastating lows all within one day.

For example, this weekend was the second of five total IMSA events where I was, and will be, running back and forth between two cars, two teams, and two championships.

The GS race on Saturday was the third win of the year for Cameron Cassels, Bodymotion Racing, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, and myself.

It was only a matter of about two hours between the time we were standing in victory lane with our Porsche to the time I was bringing our Huracan LP620-2 Super Trofeo back to the Prestige trailer with 30 minutes still left to go in the race and no brakes.

That’s the way she goes sometimes…

Thanks for reading, and I’ll be back online with you all again after Road America!

Bodymotion Racing focuses on the work at hand as it heads to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with three consecutive victories

OCEAN TOWNSHIP, N.J., July 5, 2016 – Bodymotion Racing is thrilled that it enters Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP) in Bowmanville, Ontario as the winner of the series’ last three races, including last Saturday’s race at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

But the team says it isn’t focused on results or points. Instead, it will continue to concentrate on the work ethic that got it into this enviable position – a dedication to learn and improve as much as possible – and hope the results and the points will continue to follow.
 
Bodymotion, a full-service automotive repair facility headquartered in Ocean Township, N.J., has one Canadian on its driver roster for Saturday’s 2.5-hour race that begins at 12:25 p.m. Eastern time. Rookie Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, British Columbia, shares the team’s No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport in the Grand Sport (GS) class with Trent Hindman of Wayside, N.J. Cassels hasn’t even seen the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course formerly known as Mosport before, but Hindman has raced there many times in the past, including winning some events enroute to the 2011 Ontario Formula Ford Championship.
Last Saturday was also a big day for the team’s two drivers who campaign a 2012 Porsche Cayman, No. 31, in the Street Tuner (ST) class, as Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. posted their first podium finish of the season at Watkins Glen. Like Hindman, they competed in this race at CTMP last year too, although they weren’t co-drivers then. Rabe had the best results of the three last year with a seventh-place finish in class, but Jones holds the track record for the ST class when he won the pole with a time of 1:32.626 and an average speed of 95.571 miles per hour. The Bodymotion No. 31 they’re sharing this year carries support from Delaware Investments and VeriStor, among other companies.
After two 45-minute practice sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, qualifying will be held at 5:10 p.m. (ST) and 5:40 p.m. (GS) Friday. Fans can walk the grid at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday before the race starts. It supports the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance, a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Sunday that is only 10 minutes longer than Saturday’s ICTSC race. 
 
On Sunday morning, July 10, fans can also watch FOX Sports 1’s broadcast of last Saturday’s ICTSC race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. EDT.
 
Fox Sports 1’s broadcast of Saturday’s race at CTMP is scheduled to air Sunday, July 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. All times are Eastern.
 
Live video streaming and live timing and scoring from CTMP will be available on imsa.com and imsa.tv.
 
Bodymotion’s website is at Bodymotion.com and find us on Facebook/ Bodymotionand Twitter @TeamBodymotion.
 
Driver pre-race quotes follow: 
 
Cameron Cassels:
Q:Do you expect a big crowd of friends and family at CTMP to watch you race? Does it add more pressure to you to race in front of your hometown fans?
“My four children, my brother and his girlfriend, and finally, my niece and nephew along with my wife will be there. Saying that though, I do not expect it to add any more pressure to perform. I will be focused on learning a new track and continuing to drive hard and improving my race craft.”
 
Q: Do you have any ties to the Bowmanville area or Toronto in general? 
“This will be my first time here. We are eager to take in some of the sights in the area. I do have a niece and nephew near Bowmanville.”
Q: Did you celebrate after Watkins Glen, and if so, how? How did your family and friends react to your third consecutive victory?
“It was a very casual celebration with the team immediately after the race and a very quiet evening with my wife. I don’t know how much more excitement my family and friends can take with these thrilling races. Especially this last one; it was a nail biter!”
 
Q: Mosport is one of only three tracks in the world to have hosted Formula 1, Can-Am and IndyCar events. Mosport hosted more Can-Am races than any other track – 24. Do you ever think about the history of the tracks you’re getting to race on? 
“The history surrounding some of the tracks we visit is very humbling. I constantly have to pinch myself as I get to compete on the same tracks as some of the legends of motorsports. Racing at Mosport, in my home country in front of family, just adds to the overall excitement for me.”
 
Trent Hindman:
Q: How many times have you raced at CTMP, what types of cars have you driven here, and how did it go?
“I am very fortunate that we are coming into this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park with a fair amount of experience and a good understanding of this track. Cam has never been there, but he has been doing an excellent job of being cool and calculated when it comes to learning a new circuit. For me, I spent most of the 2011 season racing with Brian Graham in the Ontario Formula Ford Championship at CTMP, where we were able to win a fair amount of races that ultimately brought us the OFFC championship!”
 
Q: How do you expect the track to suit the Porsche Cayman?
“I believe as a team, we try not to enter these race weekends with any expectation on how we will perform. Our mindset consists of aiming to learn more about our Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport as well as improving ourselves as a team. With that said, I imagine the high-speed, flowing nature of CTMP will suit the solid high-speed balance the Porsche seems to have quite well.”
 
Q: What will be the keys to a victory here?
“Historically with my own experience at CTMP, the keys to a victory will be tire management and good long-run balance. Mosport is a track that isn’t super friendly to any tire, so it is absolutely of the utmost importance to manage our Continental tires correctly to be sure we can fight for a good result at the end of the race.”
 
Q: What are your impressions of the track? Tell us about the speed there.
“Luckily CTMP has always treated me well! It appears to be fairly simple on paper, but in all reality it requires good feel, good car placement, and always a bit of luck to get around there quickly. Most drivers and teams will talk and focus solely on Turn 2 and how insane of a corner it is, but that’s really the nature of the entire track, which is why it is among the favorites for me!”
 
Jason Rabe: 
Q: How many times have you raced at Mosport, what types of cars have you driven here, and how did it go?
“I’ve only raced Mosport once; last year in the ICTSC, the same ST Porsche Cayman. I ran in the top five during my opening stint, and we finished seventh.”
 
Q: Now that you have a podium finish, how has it affected your confidence level?
“We knew podiums were possible before the Watkins Glen performance, but now it reassures us that more podiums are on the way!”
 
Q: What did you do for the Fourth of July celebration? Did you celebrate after Watkins Glen, and if so, how? How did your family and friends react to your first podium finish?
“I enjoyed spectating the WeatherTech six-hour race on Sunday and enjoyed sightseeing in the village of Watkins Glen. We had a dinner celebration after the race with family and friends. It was an emotional celebration at the podium with my mom, dad, sponsors, friends and the entire team!  It was a surreal feeling to have everyone celebrating with me at the birthplace of American road racing!”
 
Q: Do you ever think about the history of the tracks you’re getting to race on? 
“I’m a HUGE racing history buff, so the tracks we get to race on mean a great deal to me. I can probably tell you who drove what cars and who won a lot of the ’70s and ’80s Formula 1, IndyCar, and Can-Am races. I honestly think that ICTSC has the best road-racing schedule in North America!”
 
Devin Jones: 
Q: Now that you have a podium finish, how has it affected your confidence level? 
“The podium finish was huge for our team. We have had some great speed in the car all year and to put it all together with a second-place finish is very rewarding for everyone. We will keep pushing and refocus for Mosport.”
 
Q: Do you have any ties to the Bowmanville area or Ontario in general? 
“I always enjoy traveling north of the border to Mosport. The track is high speed and suits my strengths well. I’m looking forward to jumping back in the car after our strong result at Watkins Glen. We’re looking for one spot better this weekend.”
 
Q: Do you have any other stops you make when in the area? 
“The past two years our family has camped in the infield, which is a lot of fun. We enjoy driving around the track and seeing the Canadian fans, who are always supportive. They love their racing!”

HINDMAN: Monterey Debrief

April 28-May 1, 2016: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Laguna Seca: #10 Trent Hindman, Prestige Performance, Lamborghini Paramus (PRO-AM)

April 28-May 1, 2016: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Laguna Seca: #10 Trent Hindman, Prestige Performance, Lamborghini Paramus (PRO-AM)

Three months ago I was completely convinced that I would be a spectator for this season, and now I have just had the opportunity to partake in the busiest weekend of car racing ever in my career.

Pre-race weekend prep for me does not change entirely too much when running two different championships.

A bit more time studying data and video is absolutely necessary, but aside from that it’s business as usual.

The real fun started when the Thursday test day came around, where it was four practice sessions total – two for Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and two for Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America.

Schedules were tight and I was constantly worried about having enough time to properly debrief with one team then run over to the other and have enough time to cover our plan for the next practice.

Needless to say I was thrilled that I was getting to drive both a Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo and a Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, but I was most definitely worn out at the end of the day!

The whole crew at Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing along with the Bodymotion/Cassels Racing team really did their best to accommodate my tight schedule and I really can’t thank either group enough for that!

Qualifying day was much less hectic and I was happy to have some time to review data, video, and even do some driver change practice with my co-drivers in both championships.

Huge shoutout to Craig Duerson and Cameron Cassels for putting up with my constant disappearance from one camp to the other.

In recent times, qualifying day for Continental Tire Challenge has been a day where I don’t drive at all, but a huge positive of running two championships is the simple fact of more seat time.

Fortunately and unfortunately, the first 15 minute qualifier for Super Trofeo Race one was cut short by a red flag about six minutes into the session.

Luckily we were the first car out of pit lane at the start of the session, and that above all else is what gave me the opportunity to have one clear lap to put it on the pole.

Both Super Trofeo races were just one big learning experience for Craig and me. The structure of the series along with the pit lane/drive time rules are very new to both of us, and really we just wanted to keep the car in one piece while we both continue this learning process.

Race 1 was off to a great start and we were able to hold the lead overall throughout my short stint in the car.

Craig hopped in at about the 25-minute mark and had an excellent drive to bring us home 4th overall, 2nd in class – a fantastic way to kick off our season.

Race 2 was definitely a bit more nerve racking for both of us. Craig had qualified 4th in class, 10th overall and had moved up to 8th by the time he came in for our driver change.

Unfortunately we had lost a bit of time on pit lane and that had put us quite a way back from the leaders.

I had no idea at that time, so I just tried my best to do what I always do; put together a smooth, clean stint and drive like hell!

The radio was mostly silent for my stint until it was looking like we really had a shot at catching and passing the leader of the Pro-Am class before the end of the race.

We made the move for the lead with about 5 minutes remaining and we never looked back. That secured the first Super Trofeo win for Craig and me, along with a solid 3rd place finish overall… not bad for a bunch of rookies!

A massive thank you to the entire Lamborghini Paramus/Prestige Performance/Wayne Taylor Racing Team (boy, that’s a lot) for their weeks of hard work in preparing the cars and giving us two seriously great cars for race day.

One pole position, a second place in class, a win in class with an overall podium, and not to mention a second GS win in a row really made this a weekend to remember.

It was a great feeling hopping on the long flight back to New Jersey knowing that all of the hard work and preparation had paid off in a big way this time, but as soon as that flight landed it was back to work figuring out how we will go about achieving these results again.

PRESTIGE PERFORMANCE TAKES TWO WINS IN RACE 2 OF LAMBORGHINI BLANCPAIN SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA

April 28-May 1, 2016: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Laguna Seca: #1 Shinya Michimi, Prestige Performance, Lamborghini Paramus (Pro)

April 28-May 1, 2016: Lamborghini Super Trofeo, Laguna Seca: #1 Shinya Michimi, Prestige Performance, Lamborghini Paramus (Pro)

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 1, 2016) – Prestige Performance used quick driving and strategy to earn dual wins in the overall and Pro-Am divisions in Race 2 of the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America season Sunday at Laguna Seca in Monterey, California.

New Automobili Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali spent the weekend in Monterey at his first Super Trofeo event, presenting trophies to the overall Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North American finishers and meeting several United States and Canada Lamborghini dealers, strengthening the relationship between the automaker and its evolving racing programs.

Shinya Michimi produced a breakthrough performance in the No. 1 Prestige Performance Huracán LP 620-2 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Paramus, earning a 1.918-second victory over Corey Lewis for his first overall Super Trofeo victory.

“I’ve really got to thank all of my guys at Prestige Performance/ Lamborghini Paramus,” Michimi said. “They put together a really good car all weekend. We’ve been right on pace, and we finally really brought it out in the race. To have a good race car is really important.”

Michimi’s Prestige Performance teammates, Trent Hindman and Craig Duerson, made a spirited drive to climb from 10th to third overall and first in the Pro-Am division in the No. 1 Huracán representing Lamborghini Paramus.

Michimi, a Pro-Am championship contender in Super Trofeo Europe last season, took the green flag in second position for the second day in a row, following Madison Snow in the No. 48 DXDT Racing entry representing Lamborghini Palm Beach.

Snow had a clean start and gradually built a lead while Lewis and Michimi battled for second position. Lewis got the jump on the first lap, with Michimi following closely. 

At the 10-minute mark of the 50-minute race, a car went off course in Turn 10, leaving dirt on the track surface. Snow crossed the dirt and slid off course, opening the door for Lewis and Michimi. The two stayed within one-half of a second of each other over the next 30 minutes, but pit strategy decided the outcome.

Michimi pitted early while Lewis stayed out, trying to extend his lead. Once Lewis pitted, Michimi laid down some quick laps to come out in front once the field cycled through the mandatory pit stops.

After taking the lead, Michimi managed the race and his tires to win.

“After the pit stop, our guys did a really good job timing it perfectly, and we were able to get out in front and give me a good lead,” Michimi said. “From there, it was just kind of timing things. I didn’t want to push too hard and kill the tires. It was just keeping the gap at a safe distance.”

James Sofronas finished fourth overall and second in the Pro-Am division for his third podium finish of the weekend after finishing third overall and first in Pro-Am in Race 1 in the No. 14 GMG Huracán representing Lamborghini Newport Beach.

The TRG-Lamborghini duo of James Davison and Derek DeBoer rounded out the Pro-Am podium, finishing third in their series debut weekend in the No. 66 Huracán representing Lamborghini Los Gatos.

Damon Ockey was the top Amateur finisher, improving his second-place finish from Race 1, in the No. 09 US RaceTronics Lamborghini representing Lamborghini Calgary.

The father-son duo of Jim and Josh Norman found the podium for the first time this season with a second-place finish in the Amateur division in the No. 71 Change Racing entry representing Lamborghini Carolinas. Rob Hodes rounded out the Amateur podium in the No. 51 DAC Motorsports machine representing Lamborghini Palm Beach with his second third-place finish of the weekend.

Ross Chouest swept the new Lamborghini Cup division, earning his second win of the weekend in the No. 3 DXDT Racing entry representing Lamborghini Dallas. Shawn Lawless was the second-place finisher in the division in the No. 27 Dream Racing Motorsports entry representing Lamborghini Dallas.  eXclaim Racing/Migliore Motorsports’ Will James rounded out the podium finishers in the No. 11 Super Trofeo representing Lamborghini Paramus.

The next Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America event will be June 29-July 1 at Watkins Glen International.

The weekend at Laguna Seca is a part of the worldwide race action for the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo championship, which continues to reach new levels of success at every round in Europe, North America and Asia.

The two races in North America followed the season opening races in Europe last weekend at Monza, Italy. The next race for the European series will be June 24-26 at Paul Ricard in France. Super Trofeo Asia will open its season May 20-22 in Shanghai.

Lamborghini and Blancpain provided world-class hospitality this weekend for clients and guests of Lamborghini dealers. Guests also participated in the IMSA Hot Lap Experience, high-speed rides around the circuit in a Lamborghini.

POST-RACE QUOTES: 

SHINYA MICHIMI (No. 1 Lamborghini Paramus, winner): “I’ve really got to thank all of my guys at Prestige Performance/Lamborghini Paramus. They put together a really good car all weekend. We’ve been right on pace, and we finally really brought it out in the race. To have a good race car is really important. We also seem to have a really good qualifying car, getting P2 in both races. So I’ve really got to thank them. They’ve had a lot of hard work over the winter. Big ups to them. The race was quite interesting. I lost a position on that first lap. I just didn’t have the front tires up to temperature where I wanted them. Corey (Lewis) got by me, and I noticed him and Madison (Snow) were pushing really hard. And I know this is a 50-minute race, not a 10-minute race. So I just decided to keep the gap level at one or two seconds to them so I could battle them at the end. And sure enough, I think they started losing their tires mid-race, and I started to gain up on Corey. After the pit stop, our guys did a really good job timing it perfectly, and we were able to get out in front and give me a good lead. From there, it was just kind of timing things. I didn’t want to push too hard and kill the tires. It was just keeping the gap at a safe distance.”

TRENT HINDMAN (No. 10 Lamborghini Paramus, first, Pro-Am): “It’s been a good weekend. Prestige Performance gave us a heck of a car. Craig (Duerson) put together a hell of a stint. For us, it was just about how we can continue improving our car, our driving and overall strategy because this is a lot different of a racing scenario than either of us has encountered. It’s interesting. It’s a learning curve, for sure. We’re excited. We’re happy. We just need to keep the momentum going. A huge thank you to everyone from Prestige for all the hard work.” (About managing traffic while chasing and passing for the class lead): “It was tough because all of these cars are so evenly matched. There are some very good drivers out there. It does make working through traffic pretty difficult. But at the end of the day, you’ve just got to be aggressive and take some chances every now and then and put yourself in a scenario when you know you can get around the other guy. Just keep on pushing. The only way we were able to do that and take that approach was with the car that Prestige gave us.”

CRAIG DUERSON (No. 10 Lamborghini Paramus, first, Pro-Am): “Prestige has put us in a great car. The Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America series has amazing cars. It’s a blast to drive. It was so much fun. I was smiling all the time. Trent (Hindman) and I are working really well together, and the team has put a good car underneath us. I’m just happy to be back racing. I just tried to run a clean stint and hand the car over to Trent and get it done.”

DAMON OCKEY (No. 09 Lamborghini Calgary, first, Amateur): “The race was great. The US RaceTronics team got a good car for me this morning. The track had perfect conditions. I started P7 overall and ended up P6 but first in class. Pretty clean drive. I had a few battles, but overall it was a pretty clean race. It was fun.”

ROSS CHOUEST (No. 3 Lamborghini Dallas, first, Lamborghini Cup): “I did a poor job on the start and restart yesterday. I was a little lackadaisical, left a little bit bigger gap than I should have. I got a really good start today. I was focused on getting off really good and minimizing the gap between me and the car in front of me. The car was running great, and it was a great race.”

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Sweeps Podium At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (April 30, 2016 Courtesy IMSA) – Trent Hindman passed Pierre Kleinubing with 30 minutes remaining and then held off a pair of CJ Wilson Racing teammates to score his second consecutive Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory in a podium sweep for the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Hindman and co-driver Cameron Cassels made it two in a row in the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, with Porsche’s new turnkey race car taking the top three positions on the Grand Sport (GS) podium.

“To be honest, I was watching my mirrors a bit which is something I shouldn’t admit,” said the 20-year-old Hindman after scoring his fifth career GS victory. “The CJ Wilson guys are really fast and were tough to hold off. Cameron put in a great stint and didn’t make any mistakes, and our Porsche GT4 was amazing today.”

Marc Miller and TOTAL Pole Award winner Danny Burkett finished second in the No. 33 CJ Wilson Racing ONE Capital Management/Motor Oil Matters Cayman, with Miller coming up short by 0.510 seconds in a last-lap charge to catch Hindman. Third were teammates Tyler McQuarrie and Till Bechtolsheimer in the team’s No. 35 entry.

Point leaders Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell took fourth in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C, followed by Rob Ecklin and Al Carter in the Automatic Racing No. 99 Invisible Glass/Rogue Engineering/Red Glare Records Aston Martin Vantage, and the Compass360 Racing No. 76 Shelby of Kleinubing and Paul Holton.

McCumbee, McAleer Stop Teammate Carbonell, Extend Freedom Autosport, Mazda Streaks

Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer extended Mazda and Freedom Autosport’s streak to six consecutive Street Tuner (ST) victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The 2015 ST champions won for the first time in 2016 in the No. 25 ModSpace Mazda MX-5. McAleer took the checkered flag 4.842 seconds ahead of teammate Andrew Carbonell, ending his three-race victory streak at the track in the No. 26 SemperFiFund.org Mazda MX-5 started by Liam Dwyer.

McCumbee started third and was involved in a terrific hour-long fight for the lead with TOTAL Pole Award winner James Clay in the No. 84 BimmerWorld Racing OPTIMA Batteries BMW 328i, and Chad Gilsinger in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si. McCumbee passed Gilsinger to finally take the lead on the 33rd lap, and then joined McAleer in leading all but one of the remaining circuits.

“I was thinking to myself that it had to be a great show,” McCumbee said. “We were going back and forth, and those guys were working really hard. Then it was time to go, and I had to be a little aggressive and throw it in there to get the lead. At the end of the day, the Mazda was the easiest on the tires, and the best car for this race.”

Eric Foss took third in the No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Porsche Cayman started by Jeff Mosing. Foss passed Tyler Cooke in the No. 84 BMW started by Clay on the final lap. Gilsinger and Cameron Lawrence finished fifth.

NOTEBOOK

•           Unofficially, Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell extended their lead in the GS standings to nine points over Danny Burkett and Marc Miller, 95-86. Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing entered the race in second but dropped to third with 85 points.

•           Sebring winners Sarah Cattaneo and Owen Trinkler entered the race leading the ST standings, but unofficially fell back to fifth with 73 points after struggling throughout the race with electrical issues. Chad Gilsinger took over the lead with a fifth-place finish, giving him 82 points compared to 78 for Nick Galante/Spencer Pumpelly and Chad McCumbee/Stevan McAleer. Third-place finisher Eric Foss now has 75 points.

•           Mazda now has seven ST victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The last non-Mazda ST victory was recorded by Turner Motorsport in 2009, with Will Turner and Don Salama behind the wheel of a BMW 328.

•           Christian Szymczak turned in the fastest ST lap of the race on the 68th lap, 1:40.718, shortly after taking over for Cavan O’Keefe in the No. 34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5. Team regular Justin Piscitell drove for Murillo Racing, subbing for Brent Mosing, who is recovering from an illness.

•           The race was slowed twice by caution. The first yellow waved at the 25-minute mark for Michael Johnson, who lost power in the No. 54 JDC/Miller Motorsports BMW 228i. The final caution was at the one-hour, 47-minute mark, when Tyler Stone pulled off course entering the Corkscrew in the No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Borla/Urban Grid Porsche Cayman.

•           FS1 will replay the race broadcast on Sunday, May 8, at 8 a.m. ET.

The next race for the Continental Tire Challenge will be the Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International on Saturday, July 2.

 

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