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Buford, Cindric Win in Canada

Buford, Cindric Win in Canada

July 14th, 2015Courtesy of Miller Racing – Jade Buford and Austin Cindric posted their first victory in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, July 11, driving the No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C in only its second outing.

Unfortunately, that good news was tempered by the fact that the team’s sister car, the No. 15 co-driven by Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson, was destroyed in a mid-race crash.

The weekend started off brilliantly, with Johnson taking the team’s second consecutive pole position with a track-record lap in Friday’s qualifying session, while Buford qualified second, only 0.72 second slower.

Both cars led away from the green flag in the 2.5-hour race, with Johnson leading Buford, easily holding off what looked to be the only serious threat in the No. 13 Rum Bum Porsche 911.

An early caution allowed the team to split their pit strategy, with Johnson pitting after 19 laps in the lead while Buford assumed the point. Johnson quickly made his way back up the order, and passed Buford for the lead thanks to his fresher tires. Another full-course caution near the one-hour mark brought all the cars in for fuel and tires, and the Shelbys emerged in sixth and seventh place, Cindric (in for Buford) ahead of Maxwell (in for Johnson).

As they were making their way back up through the field, Maxwell was hit by another competitor in a fast downhill sweeper, causing the No. 15 to go off-course at high speed and into the tire wall. Maxwell was lucky to walk away without injury, although the car was destroyed due to the impact.

Following the ensuing caution, Cindric drove well beyond his 16 years of age, passing the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro and the No. 13 Rum Bum Porsche in addition to skillfully negotiating his way through lapped traffic. He led the final 30 minutes of the race and took the checkered flag after 85 laps of the 2.459-mile circuit with a 4.7-second margin of victory.

Cindric, who became the series’ youngest-ever winner, and Buford were thrilled with the outcome, particularly due to the fact that it was at the team’s home track with a number of family, friends and guests in attendance.

“It feels great to be able to come here in my rookie season and be able to run with a team like Multimatic; it’s really special,” said Cindric. “They give me the car to win the race and I have to go out and do my job and prove that I can do it. With a great teammate like Jade, and also Billy and Scott, it’s a great opportunity.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of my co-driver, Austin; he did a fantastic job,” said Buford. “We knew exactly what we needed to do today and that was to go out and execute a perfect race. We both did our job, the team did a good job and we got the result that we wanted.”

Team principal Larry Holt was effusive in his praise for his young drivers.

“I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “We have a couple of hundred employees here, and everyone had high expectations. We had the front row wrapped up, and it was unfortunate what happened to Scott. I think, with all due respect to our competitors, there would have been two Shelbys racing at the end for the win. I’m totally happy with the outcome.

“You could have written the script slightly better, but you couldn’t have written that part of the script any better,” he continued. “And Austin Cindric’s first win. The kid was absolutely spectacular the last 45 minutes of that race. He drove way beyond his years; an unbelievably mature drive, and fast.”

After being checked by the track’s medical staff, Maxwell could only lament what might have been. “I think we could’ve been 1-2 today,” he said. “I’m still glad that Austin and Jade were able to pull it off and get the first win, but you also want to be part of that, too. Today wasn’t a good day for the No. 15 car.”

“It was definitely a bittersweet day for the whole team,” said Johnson. “We started off great with two cars on the front row at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The whole team from Multimatic and Ford Performance has put a lot of hard work into making great race cars, and this was our second race. It’s just unfortunate that all that hard work was thrown away by somebody’s lack of judgement and the No. 15 was crashed out in the race.”

This was the second win for the No. 158 car since Miller Racing combined with Multimatic Motorsports at the beginning of the 2014 season. The No. 158 was the number carried by Miller Racing founder Roger Miller, who passed away unexpectedly in August 2013.

In the championship point standings, Buford and Cindric have moved up into fourth place in the drivers’ standings, while Maxwell and Johnson are now tied for fifth place with two other drivers. In the teams’ championship, the No. 158 is now fourth with the No. 15 in sixth.

The team will have their work cut out for them before the series’ next outing at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park on July 24-25. A new car to replace the destroyed No. 15 will have to be built between now and then.

The television broadcast of the CTSCC race from Canadian Tire Motorsports Park will air on Fox Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 19. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Lime Rock Park will be available at www.IMSA.com. IMSA offers mobile apps for both iPhone and Android platforms, available at Google Play and the App Store, respectively, which also provide live timing and scoring among other features.

For more information on Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing, visit the team’s websites at www.MillerRacing.com and www.MultimaticMotorsports.com. Fans are invited to follow the team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/roger.miller158 and www.facebook.com/MultimaticMotorsports or on Twitter: @millerracingUT and @MultimaticRace (team), @smaxwell27 (Scott Maxwell), @BillyJracing (Billy Johnson), @buforjm (Jade Buford), @AustinCindric (Austin Cindric) and @ijracer1 (Ian James).

About Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing:

The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team combines the resources of Canada’s renowned, championship-winning Multimatic Motorsports with the Salt Lake City-based Miller Racing, founded in 2011 by the late Roger Miller. The team fields two Ford Shelby GT350R-C entries in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s Grand Sports (GS) class. Driving the No. 15 entry are Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson. The sister No. 158 is co-driven by Jade Buford and Austin Cindric. The team’s commercial partners are Ford Performance, Total Care Auto, 888DropMyRate and ViON. Ian James, Roger Miller’s longtime co-driver, represents the team and its sponsors with the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

(Photo courtesy Ford Performance)