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Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing Focused on Reliability After Watkins Glen

Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing Focused on Reliability After Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, NY (June 7th, 2010) – After another well run race but frustrating finish, or lack of one, Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing have turned their attention to solving a recurring electrical problem which again plagued the team’s Ford Mustang Boss 302R machines in the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen.


Both cars suffered sporadic “soft engine” issues in the Watkins Glen race with Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell in the #15 car forced to retire while on a potential race winning run. 

Gunnar Jeannette and Frankie Montecalvo were able to battle on to the checkered flag to record their best finish of the year in the 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge – finishing 11th out the 75 cars entered.


It may have been the first time this season that Foster didn’t start on the front row, but the one they called “Fifth Row Joe” after qualifying didn’t waste any time on the opening lap of the race moving up from his ninth place on the grid to second, claiming his rightful spot.


While Foster maintained his second place up until his first stop on lap 22 during a caution period, when he handed off driving duties to Maxwell, Montecalvo was making his way through the field.

When came time for the 19-year-old to take advantage of the same caution period to pit and change drivers, he had made his way up to eighth from his 16th place starting position.


The race went back to green about one hour into the two hour and 30 minute event with Maxwell and Jeannette in excellent track position, 12th and 22nd respectively, as many of the competitors did not pit. 

The young duo lost time in the ultra crowded Watkins Glen pits waiting on their turn for service, due to the one pit stall per team rule in effect this weekend.


With still plenty of time left in the race, both drivers started moving up on the timing sheet. By the time a second full course caution came out, with a little over one hour to go, Canadian Maxwell was up to seventh and Jeannette 14th.


Once again the team took advantage of the caution period to pit with Maxwell exiting in a position to challenge for a podium finish and possibly a first win.

Unfortunately, after having started to feel the effects of electrical problems earlier on his stint, Maxwell had to call it a day shortly thereafter on Lap 47.
 
Jeannette, who was fighting a power issue of his own, was able to make it back up to ninth but had fallen to 11th when the checkered flag came out, as he was unable to keep pushing forward.


Ford Racing and the Multimatic Motorsports squad will focus their attention on solving the electrical gremlins, which hit the cars in recent weeks – aiming to ensure that the outstanding speed demonstrated can be applied to achieve a strong finish.

The next round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge takes place at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course June 18 -19, 2010.

Quotes

Joe Foster

“Unfortunately we had a similar problem to last week at Lime Rock. The team is working hard to get to the bottom of it, which I’m confident we will. It is frustrating because we have the speed but can’t get the results to go with it.”
“We had a kind of strange up and down weekend. Qualifying on Friday didn’t go as we wanted, we hit some traffic, which didn’t help. So that made for a pretty exciting first lap. I was able to avoid some carnage and pass some cars and made my way to second by the end of the first lap. Everything went well on my stint, but then shortly after Scott got in the car, it started misfiring.”
“So, we continue to have a character building development year but it is a development program and these things are to be expected.”
“In the end, as usual, the team did a good job with pit stops and with everything that we had control over.”

Scott Maxwell

“I think once again the Ford Mustang Boss 302R was a really good car. It was the first race in a couple that we had a chance to win but 10 – 15 minutes into my stint it just started misfiring. I was keeping pace but struggling to keep the car going and eventually just had to stop.”
“Joe had a really good stint and things were looking OK up until then. It’s frustrating and it becomes doubly frustrating when it happens and you have a chance to win the race.”

Frankie Montecalvo

“We definitely did not qualify where we wanted to because we struggled a little bit yesterday. But we still had a good car for the race even if the Mustang Boss 302R wasn’t a front running car today. I pretty much went as fast as I could to work my way up and catch one car at a time and everything was going well. When I pitted, we made a small change on the tire pressure but that was about it. Unfortunately, later on in the race Gunnar had some power issues and wasn’t able to keep pushing.”
“We may have had our best finish of the season, but we know we’re capable of so much more. But today, we did as best as we could for the car that we had.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“It is our best finish this season but it is extremely frustrating because we know we can do better. We just can’t seem to crack into the top 10. Our cars were particularly fast this weekend so the end result is disappointing.”
“In these big races with 75 cars, we’re only allowed one pit stall per team and with the GS cars coming in on one lap and the ST cars on the next, it’s better to come in with all the GS cars but then one car has to wait and since we were behind the 15 car that was us. So I definitely think we could have been a couple positions higher had that not happened but that’s how it is for pretty much everybody.”
“Other than that things were going OK for us, I had some good racing with a couple of the BMWs but in the end our car wasn’t quick enough today.”

Contact Info:

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