Mustang FR500C Multimatic Pairings Now Equal Second in Championship

FONTANA, CA (March 30th, 2005) – Both Ford Racing Technologies Multimatic Motorsports Mustang FR500C entries are now running equal second in the 2005 Grand-Am Cup Championship following the announcement of revised results from the recent round in Santo Domingo.

A mid-race power failure in the Dominican Republic disrupted the computer timing and scoring system, forcing race officials to manually score the remainder of the race.

Maxwell and Empringham were originally credited with 2nd place in the #55 car with Jeannette and Gue in 4th. However a post-race audit placed the #55 Mustang a lap in arrears, putting them back to 9th. Jeannette and Gue were elevated to second place.

The four factory Ford Mustang drivers all now have a total of 54 points – only four points behind the championship leading BMW M3 duo of Rob Finlay and Michael McDowell.

Multimatic Motorsports now heads to California Speedway in Fontana near Los Angeles this weekend for round three of the 2005 championship, eager to build upon the strong start to the season by both cars.

“To have both Mustangs running equal second in the championship is a great result for this year and a great reward for all the hard work put in by everybody at Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing Technologies,” Multimatic Vice President and team Technical Director, Larry Holt said.

“The target for Multimatic Motorsports is to now challenge for our first race win of 2005. Both cars have a second place to their credit, but getting a couple of race wins under our belt along with some consistent points scoring performances will be perfect for our championship changes.

“But the competition is tough – not only from the other manufacturers, but from the Mustang FR500C customer entries.”

Ford Racing Technology embarked on this program to return the Mustang to the race track, and unveiled the new Mustang FR500C racer at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer’s Association Show in Las Vegas in November last year. Ford Racing worked closely with Multimatic on the design, development, and build of the race car to Grand-Am specification.

Ford Racing Performance Parts will offer the Mustang FR500C in Grand-Am Cup specification, as well as all the racing components necessary for race team support and for those enthusiasts interested in enhancing their own Mustangs.


Scott Maxwell

“The oval part of the California Speedway road course is really quick, but the infield is very tight with lots of very heavy braking. It is going to be very interesting to see how this levels out for the Mustang FR500C against the BMW, Porsches and Caddys. Exactly how we are going to go will be a bit of a mystery until we run the car for the first time. David and I will be out to grab back as many points as we can. The revised results at Santo Domingo has certainly knocked us back in the standings a little, but it is great that Ford is still leading the manufacturer’s title. There are still a lot of races to go but our aim is to leave Fontana with the points lead.”

David Empringham

“The revised results from Santo Domingo were a bit disappointing for our #55 car, but good for the #05 guys. Both cars are well and truly in the championship chase and it would be great to eventually fight out the title between us. The Mustang has been very strong so far this year but the competition is extremely even. Our target is to keep scoring points on a regular basis and making sure we remain consistent. That is going to be the secret to the championship this year – you can’t afford too many bad weekends at all

Gunnar Jeannette

“I have never been to California Speedway before, but from I have heard, it certainly should suit us a lot better than Santo Domingo. The track in the Dominican Republic wasn’t good for the Mustang, but we still came away with an excellent result and James and I are really back in the championship hunt. We were a little disappointed to miss out on the podium initially, so it was great to hear the revised results put us up to second place. Both cars have a 2nd and a 9th place each after two races and Scott and David really give us something to chase because they are former series champions in Grand-Am Cup”

James Gue

“I have been to California Speedway before but have never raced there. It looks similar to Daytona and should suit out car quite well although the infield section is certainly pretty tight. To end up in second place was a pleasant surprise but we were very happy with the speed of the car right through the Santo Domingo weekend. That bodes well for the rest of the year because Trois Rivieres is probably the only other really tight track we go to this year. With a couple of races under our belt we are getting more and more comfortable in the car. The more laps you do in a car, the better feel you get for it.”