Debut Podium for Ford Performance Young NASCAR Stars

Debut Podium for Ford Performance Young NASCAR Stars

DEARBORN, Michigan (Jan 26, 2018) – Courtesy of Ford Performance –

Ford Performance’s young NASCAR drivers proved quick studies in their first IMSA endurance sports car race. Cole Custer and Ty Majeski even made the first podium at their first event, finishing third under the tutelage of veteran champion driver Scott Maxwell.

Custer, Majeski and Maxwell drove the No. 15 Multimatic Ford Mustang GT4 they share to a p3 finish in the Grand Sport category of the four-hour Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Daytona International Speedway, while Austin Cindric and Chase Briscoe, also competing in his first IMSA race, finished p22 after a mechanical issue ended their podium-worthy drive.

“We’ll take third,” Maxwell said. “Ty and Cole did a great job today. You couldn’t ask for more. Not only were they fast, they were very competitive and handed me a great car. They did everything they were supposed to do and more.”

Three Ford Mustang GT4s finished in the top 10, including the No. 15, the No. 7 Volt Racing entry (p8) and the No. 59 (p10) fielded by KohR Motorsports.

“I was really hanging onto it at the end,” said Trent Hindman, who shared the No. 7 with Alan Brynjolfsson. “Overall, the Volt Racing guys did a great job. I thought their strategy call on tires was really good and we just got unlucky with yellows. We gave it everything we had. The Ford Mustang GT4 held up well, and we’ll get it done at Sebring.

Seven Ford Mustang GT4s started the race – the most ever for the car.

“It was a really fun race,” Custer said. “Doing the driver swaps, we weren’t perfect, but we were able to do them pretty quickly. It was a really strange but fun thing to do. I’m really glad Ford Performance is helping us get some more experience with road course stuff. It was a great race.”

The podium was the sixth overall for the Mustang GT4 in the Continental Tire series since Ford debuted the car at Daytona last January.

“It was definitely an up-and-down weekend,” Briscoe said. “It started out well in qualifying, we got started here and then had a pit road issue and got cycled to the back, and then got in the crash where he got hit in the back and I thought we were out of the race. Then we do a driver swap and cycle back to the front again and we thought we had a good chance for a podium, and then we had that mechanical issue that put us out. It’s unfortunate something broke, but what an awesome opportunity this has been. I am super excited to do more of these because it was a blast. I wish we could had more success than we had but overall it was great. The Mustang GT4 is awesome to drive for sure. It has tons of power and the paddle shifters, which is different than what us NASCAR guys are used to, but it is cool.”

It was recently announced that Briscoe, a Ford Performance Development driver, Cindric and Majeski will share the full-time No. 60 Roush Fenway-prepared Mustang in the NASCAR XFINITY series in 2018, in collaboration with Team Penske and Ford Performance. Ford is in the midst of a youth movement and is giving drivers vital experience in different cars and tracks to build their skill overall. Included in this for three of the four was time in the Ford Performance simulator near Charlotte, N.C.

“Wow, what a swing of a day,” said Cindric, who will compete in a prototype at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona on Saturday. “We started off on the wrong foot there and had to do a lot of defending in the top 10 on that first shift, and we didn’t have a crew when it was time to pit, so we kind of cycled to the back, and Austin did a great job managing his time and managing the brakes during his shift. We came back through the field and then got caught in another incident where we got crashed in the rear end, and that put us in the back again. But you can’t ever count us out, especially in a Ford. From leading to back of the field to the lead, and then having that issue put us out. I think we would have been there for a podium position. But we move on and go from here. We have a lot to hold our heads high here. It’s cool for the No. 15 Mustang guys. Cole and Ty’s first ever sports car race – and Ty’s first road course race – they did great. And Scott Maxwell, what can you say? He’s a legend in his own right, so it’s great seeing them get it done and bring home some hardware for Multimatic and Ford Performance.”