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Canadian Heartbreak for Multimatic Motorsports

TROIS-RIVIèRES, QC (August 20th, 2010) – While Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette pulled off their best result of the season on home soil for Multimatic Motorsports in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, it was a bittersweet day for the Markham, Ontario Canada-based team, despite a solid start.

The #16 Bayshore Recycling Ford Mustang Boss 302R finished seventh but it was little to soothe the heartbreak for Canadian Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster who were forced to watch the race from the sidelines after a qualifying crash.

Everything was going as planned for Multimatic Motorsports even with a hectic schedule that had practice, qualifying and the race taking place all in the same day. With the team and Ford Racing making improvements to the Mustang Boss 302R since the last event, the team was confident that the car would be competitive at Trois-Rivières.

Heading into qualifying Multimatic Motorsports was aiming for nothing less than the pole position and things were looking good for the Canadian team. On only his second lap, Maxwell set a time of one minute 10.740 seconds (77.404 mph), which broke a nine-year record (1:10.804) set by Doug Goad in 2001.

With multiple penalties holding several cars in pit lane for the start of the qualifying session , judging the speed of the opposition was a challenge , as many of the front runners had not been out when the #15 car hit the track . Maxwell had to keep pushing but on his third lap the Boss 302R spun in Turn 10 hitting both the outside and inside walls and severely damaging the front and rear of the car, consequently putting an early end to his and Foster’s day.

If the race had been held the following day, the outcome would have been different. But, unfortunately, with only two hours between qualifying and the race, the #15 Multimatic Motorsports crew did not have enough time to repair all the damage and make the start of the race in which they would have been on pole position.

Fortunately for Multimatic Motorsports, Montecalvo and Jeannette were able to climb to and finish seventh after starting 14th in what had become a disappointing day for the team. However, the result could have been better had the pair not been forced to manage their brakes on the tight and twisty street circuit.

Making his Trois-Rivières debut, Montecalvo, took advantage of an early race restart to gain positions and make his way forward. The young American gained three positions following a lap nine restart and found himself in 10th by the time a second full course caution came out on lap 17. With some of his competitors pitting under yellow, Montecalvo moved up to fourth one lap later and took over third upon returning to green flag action on lap 25. On lap 39, under another full course caution, he pitted from fourth to hand driving duties to Jeannette. The race returned to green on lap 45 with Jeannette in 10th place. Seven laps later, he had taken over eighth. While managing his brakes, Jeannette spent most of the race in that position, up until the penultimate lap where he climbed one position to seventh as the checkered flag fell under the night skies.

The Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R squad will next be closing out their 2010 season in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park September 10 – 11, at the 10th and final round of the season.

Quotes

Frankie Montecalvo

“The one day schedule made for an interesting day. Because it was so tight you didn’t have a lot of time between sessions to prepare for the next one. I got a stop and go penalty in qualifying when exiting pit lane, which after review was actually not my fault, but in the end it still cost us some time, and that hurt us on getting a good grid position because I had to get back up to speed.

Then in the race, I tried to stay out of trouble at the start and I was able to gain some spots during a restart and continued making my way up front. I was really trying to take care of the brakes because if they were starting to go off for me I knew it would be a problem by the time Gunnar got in the car.
“I managed to hold my position and was able to cut a second off my qualifying time because I was getting more and more comfortable on the track. We had a really good car and a good setup and I think if the brakes would have held up we would have had an even better result.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“We scored our best result of the season but it was still a little bit frustrating because of the brake situation. We had a very good car, one of the best racecars I’ve had all year. But unfortunately, our brakes were not lasting very long.

When I got in I was able to do three or four laps at what I consider to be a decent race pace but then the brakes starting going away from overheating. From that point on, it was brake management and making sure we didn’t lose the brakes and end up in the tire barrier like some of the other cars did.

As an event it was very cool to be able to drive in a street race at night. Off the back straightaway there was this big, beautiful crescent moon that was pretty cool to look at.

It was obviously encouraging to have a good race car but at the same time equally frustrating because of the brakes. The guy I was racing with when I got out of the pits ended up finishing third, so it makes you think of where we could have finished.”

Scott Maxwell

“Having a great car this weekend adds to the disappointment of crashing. The engine issues that have been plaguing us this year were better, and we were able to get more out of the engine, resulting in more speed. The car was good and we were able to show that in qualifying. Everything was going well and then a minute later the car was destroyed. I take full blame for that, I was just pushing too hard. Unfortunately that sums up the year for us, but all we can do is keep trying and get ready for the next one. There was added urgency in the qualifying to get a fast lap because we were assessed a five minute penalty, however that’s not an excuse for what happened. I was trying to shave off a few tenths and didn’’t know we already had the fastest lap. However, that’s racing and we’ll keep on going, hopefully we can build on this for Miller.

I was happy to see that Frankie and Gunnar had such a great race. They could have been top five if it wasn’t for brake problems. It was a good one to watch and I’m sure they will improve on this for the future.”

Joe Foster

“It was a disappointing day. The car was good and we were on pace in the practice sessions. We had a very good pace when we were last here in 2008 and so we knew we could do well at Trois-Rivières. Also, Ford Racing as well as Multimatic have continued to develop and make the Mustang Boss 302R better and it was. It was clear from practice that we had a better car than we had the last couple of races.

Scott did a great lap in qualifying and got the pole but then he had his mishap on the following lap. So, yes it’s very disappointing but the car itself has certainly improved and hopefully we can carry that forward.”

Contact Info:

Hao Wang or Sean Mason
Multimatic Motorsports
+1 905-470-0025      
racepr@multimatic.com
www.multimaticmotorsports.com