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Multimatic Motorsports Targets a Cool Return to Form at Homestead

MARKHAM, ON (March 4th, 2010) – The Multimatic Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302R Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge squad is set to tackle the Homestead 200 at Homestead-Miami Speedway (HMS) this weekend, March 5 and 6 – its sights set on bouncing back from a challenging opening round of the championship in Daytona.
 
The team and car performed well at the Daytona opener, showing good speed with the #15 Multimatic Ford Mustang Boss 302R qualifying on the front row, and running third at the half way point of the two and a half hour race with the #16 Bayshore Recycling Boss 302R right behind in fourth.  A Mustang Boss 302R, the #37 of JBS Motorsports, finished fourth overall, the highest placement of all Mustangs in the 72 car field.
 
In preparation for the next event at the 2.3-mile, 11-turn speedway road course of HMS, Multimatic Motorsports has been working vigorously with Ford Racing to resolve the “new car” issues that hampered its season debut in January, with primary emphasis placed on hitting the track with an improved cooling package for this second race in the championship.
 
While veteran drivers Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell have previously competed at Homestead-Miami Speedway, this weekend’s race will be the first for rookie Frankie Montecalvo and his #16 Bayshore Recycling Ford Mustang Boss 302R co-driver Gunnar Jeannette.
 
The Multimatic Motorsports team will hit the track on Thursday, March 4 for a test day before official practice begins on Friday, March 5. Two practice sessions are scheduled prior to the 4:35 p.m. ET Friday qualifying session. Round 2 of 10 for the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge goes green at 1:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 6.
 
The Homestead 200 will be broadcast on tape-delay on SPEEDTV March 13, 2010 at 1 p.m. ET.

Race Facts:

Homestead 200
Homestead-Miami Speedway, 2.3-mile, 11-turn speedway road course
March 5 – 6, 2010, Round #2 of 10
Race Duration:  2 hours 30 minutes
Tape-delayed Broadcast: SPEEDTV, March 13, 2010, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET
 
Schedule (All times Eastern):
Friday, March 5, 2010:
                     Practice: 8:40 a.m. – 9:20 a.m.
                     Practice: 11:40 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
                     Qualifying: 4:35 p.m. – 4:50 p.m. (GS)
 
Saturday, March 6, 2010:
                     Final Practice: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
                     Race: 1:05 p.m. (2 hours and 30 minutes)

Quotes

Frankie Montecalvo

“I can’t wait to get back in the Mustang this weekend. It will be my first race at Homestead-Miami Speedway but I did have a chance to test there so the track won’t be completely unfamiliar to me. From what I’ve learned about it so far, it’s a really cool track. I’m hoping that Gunnar and I will be able to have a strong weekend.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“I think everyone on the team is looking forward to heading to Homestead-Miami Speedway. We were competitive at Daytona but had some problems, so hopefully those issues are behind us now. The team has been working hard over the past few weeks and the cooperation and working relationship with Ford is really strong. Hopefully we can now set our sights on a trouble free run and leave Homestead with a different result than Daytona.”

Scott Maxwell

“I’m looking forward to Homestead, we have a competitive car and we’re getting some testing miles under our belt this week before heading to Miami to hopefully resolve the problems we had at Daytona. Sometimes you can think you have something rectified but you never know until you’ve actually been in a race situation. I’ve raced a handful of times at Homestead-Miami Speedway and historically it tends to be a race of attrition because it’s tight and there are going to be so many cars in the race. With more than 70 entries out there, traffic will play a huge role and I think there will probably be a lot of carnage. It will be important to stay out of trouble and survive to the end. If it’s a hot day it will be quite hard on the cars, the tires and the drivers.”

Joe Foster

“I’m looking forward to going back to Homestead-Miami. It’s a ‘road oval’ similar to Daytona but much more challenging in my opinion for set up because the banking is much more of a challenge than Daytona. At Daytona you can drive around with your foot on the floor but not here. It will be nice to get back in the car again this week. At Daytona we showed good pace in qualifying and early parts of the race but then we had a couple of technical issues so we’re looking forward to having a good run at Homestead.”