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Montecalvo Shines at Home Track for Multimatic Motorsports

Montecalvo Shines at Home Track for Multimatic Motorsports

MILLVILLE, NJ (August 6th, 2010) – With a huge contingent of friends, family, business associates and clients on hand from local sponsor Bayshore Recycling lending their support, Montecalvo charged from position 17 on the grid to be sixth after 27 laps aboard the #16 Mustang Boss 302R.

On lap 28, he also scored his fastest lap of the race. While the tight and twisty New Jersey circuit was not ideally suited to the Mustang Boss 302R ’s performance characteristics, both Multimatic cars made strong early progress.

Despite soaring track temperatures well in excess of 100 degrees and a humidity level that dampens any motion, the Ford Mustang Boss 302Rs ran faultlessly.

Extensive testing and on-track development by Multimatic Motorsports prior to this event eliminated numerous issues which had plagued the team earlier this season.

However, the strong start did not carry to the end of the race. Scott Maxwell started in the #15 car and had moved through to 11th before trying to avoid contact on a restart and being judged to have made a passing maneuver before the start-finish line.

Maxwell was assessed a stop-go penalty which put the #15 car on the back foot for the remainder of the race.

On lap 43, Montecalvo pitted for fuel and tires with Gunnar Jeannette climbing aboard the #16 machine.

Jeannette resumed in 17th place and continued to push forward, eventually finishing just outside the top ten in 11th place.

Maxwell and teammate Joe Foster were not so fortunate. An additional penalty on pit road pushed them down a lap and on a lap 64 restart, the Mustang Boss 302R was pushed off the track in turn one – the car suffering suspension damage which could not be repaired in time to return to the race.

For the Markham, Ontario Canada based Multimatic squad, the team is set to compete in a “home” race for the next round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – the Grand Prix of Trois Rivieres on August 13-14 , 2010 .

While out of championship contention, the Multimatic squad will continue its development efforts for the Ford Mustang Boss 302 to improve overall performance for Ford Racing’s customer teams.

Quotes

Frankie Montecalvo

“We didn’t have a great qualifying but we made a few changes for the race and took a bit of damping out of it to make it more comfortable over a stint so we didn’t hurt the tires as much.”
“I tried keeping it clean on the start and not to get in any trouble – there was certainly quite a lot going on.”
“With full tanks I had a bit of understeer but as the race progressed the car was certainly getting better and times began to fall.”
“I got through to the guys at the front but the tires then started to go away towards the end of my stint.”
“I handed over the car to Gunnar in good shape and he was able to move forward as well for a reasonable result.”
“We had a great turn-out of clients, family and friends from Bayshore Recycling – a bit more pressure for me but everyone really enjoyed it.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“We went into New Jersey really knowing this wasn’t going to be a good track for us.”
“The #16 car had a pretty clean race and it was great to see Frankie run up towards the front at his home track with all his family and friends here.”
“We pushed as hard as we could towards the finish and it would have been nice to score a top ten but we just fell short.”
“We’ve got a couple of races to go and I am looking forward to Trois Rivieres which is kind of a home race for Multimatic”

Scott Maxwell

“Unfortunately days like this have been too common this season. The car wasn’t very strong here at New Jersey and unfortunately our car is not really well suited to such a tight and twisty track.”
“I apparently passed somebody before the start-finish line on a restart which got us our first penalty and then we got another penalty in pit lane.”
“The pit penalty was the one that really did us in and put us a lap down.”
“Historically we have been really strong at Trois Rivieres in the past but it is all second gear stuff.”
“With the second gear we have to run in the Mustang 302R Boss it will be a challenge because the gear is too tall.”

Joe Foster

“The whole weekend was a challenge. The cars are not suited to that track and we worked on various set-up changes through the test days and practice.”
“Scott and I were pretty close on times but we were off the pace compared to the rest of the field.”
“We altered the strategy with Scott starting this weekend but we had another similar qualifying with a few problems with chassis balance.”
“One positive aspect is the car ran perfectly with no engine problems at all but we struggled for grip on a hot greasy track.”
“Scott was unlucky to get a penalty when he was basically trying to avoid a bunch of cars getting together.”
“I was a lap down and eventually got taken out by the #52 Mustang. I was trying to give the lead lap cars an opportunity to get by on the restart to not interfere with their race.”
“I stayed wide entering one but got hit pretty hard and broke the steering arm in the front right.”

Contact Info:
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Multimatic Motorsports
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