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Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing Experiences the Highs and Lows at Sebring

Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing Experiences the Highs and Lows at Sebring

March 30th, 2015 Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team came away from the second round of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) on Friday, March 20, at Sebring International Raceway with less than had been hoped.

The weekend started with a promising qualifying session on Thursday, March 19, in which Billy Johnson qualified third in the No. 15 Ford Mustang Boss 302R that he shares with Scott Maxwell and Austin Cindric clocked in 13th in the sister No. 158 that he co-drives with Jade Buford, despite only running on seven cylinders. However, circumstances conspired to thwart the team’s hopes in Saturday’s 2.5-hour race on the historic 3.75-mile Sebring circuit.

Johnson started the No. 15 and was very competitive in the early going, moving up to second on Lap 15 of the 59-lap race thanks to a blistering-fast pit stop by the Multimatic/Miller Racing crew. Meanwhile, Cindric lost third gear in the No. 158 on Lap 3 and was fighting to maintain position.

Both cars struggled with fuel capacity, which is mandated by the series, and the drivers were forced to try to conserve while still racing hard. Maxwell, having taken over from Johnson, was forced to stop for a third fuel stop on the last lap and, as a result, what should have been a sixth- or seventh-place finish for them resulted in ninth place at the checkered flag. Buford relieved Cindric mid-race in the No. 158 and soldiered home to 11th place.

“Just one of those days that is best put behind us and look ahead to the next race,” said Maxwell. “Our car just wasn’t suited to the Sebring track, especially the gearing, which is fixed so there is nothing we can do to improve it. Billy did an amazing job to hold off the pack for a while, but you could tell it was going to be a long day. After the pit stops I came out in about P6 and just tried to maintain position until the end, but we ran a lap short on fuel. So hopefully we just got all our bad luck covered in one day, and the Multimatic/Miller Racing team can look forward to Laguna Seca and a much more competitive showing.”

“Sebring was tough again for us,” said Johnson. “Our gearing isn’t suited well for the track and, with the addition of the bumps, the Mustang was again a seventh-place car, which is where the No. 15 finished last year and where we were running this year before we ran out of gas. It’s tough when you don’t have the speed of the competition, but it makes it very difficult when you have the smallest fuel capacity of the entire field, which is one gallon less than a Nissan, 1.5 gallons less than a Porsche, and the only car in the field with a bigger engine (Camaro) gets two more gallons of fuel. I think the rules are putting the Mustangs at a bit of a disadvantage at the moment, which is making our results worse than the effort the team puts into giving us good race cars.”

“That was not the result we wanted for our No. 158 Mustang,” said Buford. “But we still managed to come away with some valuable points after losing third gear in the early going of the race. The team once again did a great job all week and our car was strong, all things considered. Hopefully Laguna Seca is kinder to us, and we can get a result that better reflects our efforts.”

“We certainly didn’t reach our potential at Sebring,” said Cindric. “I had a great start and thought we had a shot at a top-five, but once we lost third gear we focused on just bringing it home. As a team we never gave up, and I learned a lot throughout the race about how to make the most of a difficult day. I look forward to us bouncing back at Laguna Seca. Thanks to the Multimatic/Miller Racing boys for all their hard work.”

By contrast, longtime Miller Racing driver Ian James had an outstanding result representing Miller Racing team sponsors Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. He scored his third career class win at Sebring, as he and co-drivers Mario Farnbacher and Alex Riberas lost the class lead and gained it back within the last 10 laps of the race.

“Wow, what a roller coaster ride!” said James. “It was great to be carrying the 888DropMyRate colors for the first time, and to have Total Care Auto with me again on this amazing Sebring win. You need the speed, but also the luck, and we had both this weekend. I am proud to have these two great Miller Racing partners onboard, and we look forward to more great times.”

The CTSCC race from Sebring will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 9:00 a.m. ET on Sunday, April 5. The team’s next outing will be at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday, Mary 2. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Laguna Seca will be available at www.IMSA.com. IMSA offers mobile apps for both iPhone and Android platforms, available at Google Play and the App Store, respectively, which also provide live timing and scoring among other features.

For more information on Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing, visit the team’s websites at www.MillerRacing.com and www.MultimaticMotorsports.com. Fans are invited to follow the team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/roger.miller158 and www.facebook.com/MultimaticMotorsports or on Twitter: @millerracingUT and @MultimaticRace (team), @smaxwell27 (Scott Maxwell), @BillyJracing (Billy Johnson), @buforjm (Jade Buford), @AustinCindric (Austin Cindric) and @ijracer1 (Ian James).

About Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing: The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team combines the resources of Canada’s renowned, championship-winning Multimatic Motorsports with the Salt Lake City-based Miller Racing, founded in 2011 by the late Roger Miller. The team fields two Ford Mustang Boss 302R entries in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge’s Grand Sports (GS) class. Driving the No. 15 entry are Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson. The sister No. 158 is co-driven Jade Buford and Austin Cindric. Ian James, Roger Miller’s longtime co-driver, represents the team and its sponsors with the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The team’s commercial partners are Ford Performance, Total Care Auto, 888DropMyRate and ViON.

 

Photo Caption: The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team scored ninth- and 11th-place finishes in the second round of the International Motor Sports Association’s 2014 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway. (Photo courtesy Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing / Melissa K. Smith)