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Miller Magic Nets Multimatic Season Best Finish at Salt Lake City 200

Miller Magic Nets Multimatic Season Best Finish at Salt Lake City 200

TOOELE, UT (September 11th, 2010) – Multimatic Motorsports achieved their best result of the year at the season ending Salt Lake City 200 with Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster finishing 4th at the Miller Motorsports Park event, showing brilliant pace throughout the two and half hour competition. The result was a satisfying comeback and encouraging way to end the season for the duo that missed out on the previous round a few weeks ago due to a crash during a lap record qualifying run.

However, teammates Frankie Montecalvo and hometown favorite Gunnar Jeannette were not as fortunate and crossed the finish line in 28th due to a brake issue that hampered what was a strong start to their race.

The Multimatic Motorsports team had to chase out a few of the same engine gremlins encountered earlier in the season before the start of the race. Working with Ford Racing engineers, the Multimatic crew diagnosed the problem throughout the test sessions and implemented a solution just prior to the race providing Foster and Maxwell with a smooth and strong running Mustang Boss 302R.

The 10 minute qualifying session in the cool desert morning proved to be challenging for the two Multimatic Mustangs. Joe Foster clocked a respectable 2:04.424 time on the 3.048 mile Miller Outer Course earning him the sixth position on the grid. Frank Montecalvo followed closely with a time of 2:04.724, giving him a ninth position to start the season ending Salt Lake City 200 race.

Both Bayshore Recycling Multimatic Motorsports Boss 302R’s started the race with a one-stop pit strategy. Foster was off to a flying start, picking up two positions during the first lap moving him up to fourth place. Montecalvo also started strong gaining a spot during the first lap of action.

The first caution arrived 30 minutes into the race, which worked perfectly into the one stop window for Multimatic. A quick driver change in the #15 car coupled with new tires and fuel allowed Scott Maxwell to take over for the run to the finish. Montecalvo had risen up to sixth at this time and elected to stay out, until a broken rear brake pad and ensuing off forced him to pit. The #16 car dropped to 40th place and a lap down, as Gunnar Jeannette jumped into the cockpit to finish the race.

Three cautions spread over the final 30 minutes provided for some spectacular battles. The last restart with eight minutes remaining gave Maxwell, armed with ample torque from the 5.0 Boss engine, a chance to slingshot by the #97 BMW for a podium finish. However as the green dropped Maxwell was knocked off track by a Camaro and the podium finish went up in dust. It was an anticlimactic finish to Jeannette’s race, as he was assessed a drive through penalty for passing under a caution with only laps remaining in the race.

The Salt Lake City 200 ended the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and marked a disappointing but encouraging season for Multimatic Motorsports. The Markham, Ontario based team finished 10th in the team standings. Montecalvo and Jeannette ended the season 15th in the driver’s standings while Maxwell and Foster finished in 22nd position.

Multimatic will quickly be back on the track at Calabogie Motorsports Park to further develop the Boss 302R for next year. Improving results and a renewed competitive spirit are bright spots for the team, and are surely signs of things to come. A special thank you to Frank Montecalvo and Bayshore Recycling for a truly memorable year of high octane racing!

Contact Info:

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