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.
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