Pole, Fastest Race Lap and Two Top Tens for Multimatic at Daytona

Pole, Fastest Race Lap and Two Top Tens for Multimatic at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (January 23, 2015) – Multimatic Motorsports came away from the first round of the 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) with a good haul of points and a high level of optimism for the rest of the season despite suffering a little bad luck that kept the #15 Mustang Boss302R off the podium.

Multimatic driver Billy Johnson was on a mission during the closing stages of the BMW Performance 200 as his #15 Boss302R had suffered an ECU malfunction with less than an hour remaining in the race, which although resolved by the driver cycling the main power on-track, left Johnson with no radio communication with his crew chief, Jeff Ripley, for a brief but extremely important few moments. A full-course caution was thrown just shy of the leaders final pit window but due to the lack of a radio Johnson missed the call to box the Mustang. Forced to stop two laps later, the Multimatic entry rejoined for the restart at the very back of the 56 car field having missed the GS class wave-by. But showing true Multimatic tenacity Johnson went to went to work, quickly slicing through the slower ST cars and beginning his attack of the GS pack within two laps. The #15 Mustang went from P15 to P8 in a matter of minutes, catching each successive car by nearly a second a lap. His teammate, Jade Buford in the #158 Mustang, let him through with twenty minutes remaining in the race and as the white flag was brought out he was up to P5 and three of the cars in front began to slow to conserve fuel. On the last lap the #15 was catching the P2-P4 cars rapidly as there was still fuel left in the tank courtesy of the slightly later pit stop. but it all ended a bit too early as everybody got to the checker and then promptly ran out of fuel on the cool-off lap while Johnson drove back to the pits. What could have been but for a few seconds. P5 for the #15 and P8 for the #158 which also ran out of fuel on the cool-off lap having stopped with the rest of the field during the final caution.

Scott Maxwell started the #15 from the front row after securing pole position Thursday afternoon with a time of 1:56.520, this being the third consecutive Q1 for the team at Daytona and a phenomenal seventh time a Multimatic car has started from the pole position at the “World Centre of Racing”. Maxwell was in control of the race for the duration of his stint before handing the car off to Johnson during the team’s first stop, an hour into the two and half hour contest.

The newest addition to Multimatic’s driver line-up, 16-year-old Austin Cindric, started the #158 Mustang from P4 after putting down a solid qualifying lap of 1:56.950, less than half a second off of Maxwell’s pole time and ahead of some highly experience professionals. After briefly falling to P6, Cindric battled back into the top five for the remainder of his stint, immediately proving that he undoubtedly has the pace for the incredibly competitive CTSC.

Jade Buford took over from Cindric during the first round of stops and after dropping a couple positions due to pit cycles, the #158 became locked in an exciting battle for P6 with the #07 Aston and the #8 Camaro. Buford would have finished in P7 had team mate Johnson not come storming through on his charge to the front. Buford brought the #158 to the flag P8 to secure a second top ten finish for Multimatic and a solid start to the point’s championship for both cars.

Highlights of the week were as follows:

  • Multimatic Mustangs were consistently at the top of the leaderboards during practice with all four drivers setting fast times and the #15 topping the charts in two of the four sessions.
  • Qualifying saw Multimatic Motorsports secure its third straight Daytona pole position as Multimatic veteran Scott Maxwell set a time of 1:56.520. New addition, Austin Cindric put the #158 Q4 with a time of 1:56.950 in his first outing with the team.
  • The #15 car lead the race on three separate occasions for a total of 12 laps and was in contention for the win until the ECU and radio problem. Billy Johnson was consistently the quickest car on the track for the final 40 minutes of the race, fighting his way from last on the road to P5, setting the fastest race lap in the process.
  • The #158 was involved in heated battles from the green flag to the checkered as both Cindric and Buford spent their shifts fighting for position; holding ground in the top ten to earn a solid points finish in P8.
  • The Multimatic crews were the class of the pit lane, consistently jumping the competitors during the stops.

Multimatic Motorsports Team Principal, Larry Holt, commented: “Other than the disappointment of not making it onto the podium, I could not be happier with the drivers, cars, crews and overall pace. Scotty and Austin were outstanding in qualifying, kind of bookends as far as age but very close on speed. Billy’s drive in the last forty minutes was amazing and Jade put up a hell of a tenacious fight for P6. The pit stops were brilliant and we came away with a good haul of points. Could have been worse. Without the radio screw-up we would have been second because nobody had anything for the Rum Bum Porsche.”

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Sean Mason
Multimatic Motorsports
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