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Maxwell Robbed of Daytona Win by Last Lap Yellow

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Maxwell Robbed of Daytona Win by Last Lap Yellow

DAYTONA, FL (January 29th, 2011) – Multimatic Motorsports opened the 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Daytona with an outstanding run to second place; the #15 Boss302R offering the only serious challenge in the BMW dominated event.  A strong drive by both drivers and excellent work in the pit lane put Scott Maxwell in serious contention for the lead going into the last fifteen minutes of the two and a half hour event but a series of late race full course yellows broke his rhythm and a last lap caution ultimately thwarted his efforts of stealing the win from Matt Plumb’s Rum Bum Racing BMW.  Highlights of the weekend were as follows:Joe Foster was blistering quick in qualifying but a minor late braking error sent him past the corner one cones and onto a NASCAR lap with the team’s unofficial clock indicating an easy pole.  So, it was his previous lap’s official time of 1:57.228 that had to stand, which was still good enough for a spot on the inside of the second row.  This position was ultimately upgraded to outside pole as the #45 BMW was sent to the back of the grid for technical infringement. “Front Row Joe”, once again, started a Continental race with nothing but open track in front of him.

  • Joe Foster was blistering quick in qualifying but a minor late braking error sent him past the corner one cones and onto a NASCAR lap with the team’s unofficial clock indicating an easy pole.  So, it was his previous lap’s official time of 1:57.228 that had to stand, which was still good enough for a spot on the inside of the second row.  This position was ultimately upgraded to outside pole as the #45 BMW was sent to the back of the grid for technical infringement. “Front Row Joe”, once again, started a Continental race with nothing but open track in front of him.
  • Foster defended his second place position through the first half of his opening stint despite relentless pressure from a incessant supply of quick BMW’s and, on occasion, some overly aggressive attention from Matt Bell’s #9 Camaro.  The potential challenge of the new Roush Boss302R ended in the corner one wall just a few laps into the race and ultimately all but Foster and the fast BMWs faded from serious contention.  The Multimatic Mustang inherited the lead from the #13 Rum Bum Racing BMW as the leader chose to take an early yellow to change drivers and Foster easily maintained the lead, pulling out a three second gap on the field before handing off to Maxwell at Lap 30.
  • The full services stop was perfectly executed by the experienced Multimatic squad and Maxwell rejoined in P11 behind a group of cars that had opted to stay out during the caution.  When the track returned to green flag racing Maxwell showed outstanding pace by moving up to fourth place within a span of only six laps. The team then chose to gamble by making a yellow flag stop two laps shy of the car’s final fuel window so as to put it in a position to contend for the win.  Again, alternative strategies put the #15 Mustang in sixth place as the racing resumed but within a few laps the bright yellow Ford was back amongst the pack of BMWs at the front.  With fifteen minutes to go Maxwell made the pass of the race for P2 around the outside of Bill Auberlin’s #96 BMW at the corner four in-field kink.  As the SPEED challenge commentators observed: “that is not a place that you would normally make a move like that.”  A late yellow then put the #15 Boss302R back into a positive fuel situation although it upset Maxwell’s gathering momentum.
  • The final minutes of the race proved to be both exciting and frustrating for the Multimatic squad as a series of yellow’s slowed progress. Maxwell was setting up Plumb’s leading BMW going into the last lap, but it all ended when a big crash amongst the ST contenders brought out the full course yellow for a final time and the race ended under caution.

 

SPEED Channel will air the Grand-Am 200 on February 5th at 3:00 p.m. EST.

Round two of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge takes place on March 5th at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.

Quotes

Larry Holt

“It appears that we finally have the reliability gremlin off our backs and so the team can settle into what they do best, which is running a competitive race car.  I really have to hand it to Scott for the outstanding run at the end.  The pass on Billy was classic and a testament to the skill of both drivers because you wouldn’t try that with too many other guys…….it was, in my opinion, a low percentage move.  I think he could have had a good go at Plumb if the yellow hadn’t come out for the last lap. I also have to thank the Ford guys for getting things sorted out in the off season. The Mustang Boss 302R is obviously an outstanding package when it can compete straight up in a street fight with a half a dozen BMW M3s!”

Joe Foster

“We finally got to run a race without any reliability issues and the result speaks for itself.  For sure the BMW’s have a power advantage right now, and I hope Grand-Am recognizes this as an issue, but from a handling perspective the Mustang has them covered.  I made a small error in qualifying so my best lap didn’t make it on the board and Larry told me it would have put us on pole which was a bit frustrating but I had the field covered in my first stint.  There was a bit of aggression from behind and at times it felt like I was driving around in downtown Munich but in the end I had no problem keeping them off.  Scotty was outstanding at the end, the pass on Auberlin was classic and I figure he would have won if the track had stayed green”.

Scott Maxwell

“What we went through last year makes this second place a great outcome. It’s mixed with a little disappointment because I believe we had a car that was good enough to win.  Overall it’s a fantastic start to finish second. I think it would have been tough to get by Matt because they have the straight line speed advantage but every lap it seemed like his car was getting worse and mine was maintaining, so every lap under green was an advantage for us. The cautions kept on disturbing the action so it’s hard to say. The new rear gear, aero and the fact that we can use the motor more now makes our car more competitive in comparison to last year. We’re back to square one for the next race, but we were quick in Homestead last year so hopefully we can continue where we left off today and keep on getting stronger.”

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