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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