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Multimatic Takes 2nd-Place at Sebring, Retains Points Lead

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Multimatic Takes 2nd-Place at Sebring, Retains Points Lead

SEBRING, Florida (March 18th, 2016) Courtesy of Ford Performance  Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson nearly won their second Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race in a row Friday, after starting the No. 15 Multimatic Ford Shelby GT350R-C on the pole at Sebring International Raceway.

Maxwell, who earned the TOTAL Pole Award in qualifying, dominated his opening stint, extending the .2-second lead he grabbed at the green flag over the Rum Bum Racing Porsche to three seconds before the first pit cycle started. Maxwell handed off to Johnson as the battle of the pit strategies began for the leaders in the Sebring 150.

While the No. 15 looked to have a chance for the win, ultimately, the call to make a late-race stop for four tires and fuel gave Johnson enough of a boost to race to the runner-up finish.

“Scott (Maxwell) did a fantastic job,” Johnson said. “He just dominated his stint of the race. The Multimatic/Ford Performance guys had great pit stops, pit calls and strategy and they just gave us a fantastic car. I couldn’t ask for anything more set-up wise. The handling was perfect, but it just wasn’t enough for the lighter cars. Given that, it definitely feels like a victory. It was a good points day.”

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It was the Ford Shelby GT350R-C’s debut at Sebring, the track notorious for both its history and challenging racing surface.

“This is the first time the car’s been at Sebring, and it’s just awesome,” Johnson said. “The ride and the outright grip are awesome. It’s a fantastic job for (the Ford Shelby GT350R-C’s) debut at Sebring.”

The No. 76 AERO Advanced Paint Technology/Children’s Tumor Foundation Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing finished where it started at p4.

“We’ve done a lot of damper work,” Maxwell said. “We’ve got it tuned pretty good. We couldn’t quite do it today, but it’s a solid finish. We keep the championship lead, and that’s what we have to keep doing.”