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Nice Bounce-Back in Texas

Nice Bounce-Back in Texas

September 23rd, 2015 Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team bounced back nicely in the ninth and penultimate round of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) on September 18 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) outside Austin, Texas. The No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson finished second to score their third podium of the year, and sister No. 158 of Jade Buford and Austin Cindric finished ninth.

The weekend started off strongly on Thursday with Maxwell taking the pole position in qualifying, his third of the season, while Cindric qualified eighth. At the start of Friday’s 2.5-hour race, Maxwell’s Shelby had an alarm go off, which caused him to ease off and fall back in the top five. The car’s performance was not affected and the race progressed smoothly from that point, with Johnson being able to finish second at the checkered flag. The No. 158 team also ran strongly, but the two teams split their pit strategy for the second and final pit stops, and the gamble failed to pay off for Buford and Cindric. They were in the lead late in the race, but were forced to stop for fuel in the closing laps and were relegated to a ninth-place finish.

For Maxwell and Johnson, it was quite a comeback after crashing their car in practice in the previous race at Virginia International Raceway, and the podium finish was testament to the hard work of the Multimatic Motorsports crew to rebuild the car between races.

“I can’t say enough about the team at Multimatic,” said Maxwell. “They did a phenomenal job. We were struggling with understeer quite a bit, so after a couple of laps I really struggled, but the cars were coming back to us toward the end of the stint. I think that’s what we saw with Billy. The car was stable at the end, and he was able to pull away from everyone behind him and get a solid second-place finish. I just kept fighting (the understeer) and tried to keep the leaders in sight. When I start a race, my job is just to hand Billy a good car, and use it the least I can.”

“I was catching the leader,” said Johnson,” especially in traffic. Maybe if I’d had a few more laps (I could’ve won). They were faster right off the bat, and I was just catching them over the long run and in traffic. I think some of the fastest cars today had some problems, but it was a great finish for the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C for Ford Performance and Multimatic. Everybody worked really hard, and it’s great to get a podium.”

“As expected, it was a long, hot day at COTA,” said Buford. “Our No. 158 Ford Shelby GT350R-C ran great, and had potential to win. But we gambled on strategy, and it just wasn’t in the cards for us this time. Big congrats to our teammates on a podium finish, and hopefully we can cap off the season with a strong finish at Atlanta.”

“Although it looked to be a positive day for the No. 158, fuel strategy got the best of us and prevented a good result,” said Cindric. “I am proud of how Jade and I drove, but the results don’t show it. It was also great for the team to get the sister car on the podium. With only one race remaining, I’m hungry for a good finish.”

With one race remaining in the championship, Maxwell and Johnson are in a four-way tie for fourth place in the drivers points and seventh in the team points, while Buford and Cindric are fifth in the drivers and team championships. In the manufacturers’ title chase, Ford lies in third, behind Chevrolet and Porsche.

Ian James, the longtime Miller Racing driver who represents Miller Racing team sponsors Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GTD class, finished fourth in Saturday’s two-hour-40-minute TUDOR series race. James and teammate Mario Farnbacher, who are fifth in the TUDOR GTD driver and team standings, looked to be poised to take their fifth podium finish of the season, but lost third place on the final lap.

“COTA was a good points day for us,” said James. “We lost third place on the last lap, which was a bit disappointing, but we are still in the championship hunt going into the last race, so we’re happy about that. It was exciting to have Cheri Miller out at the track with us, and put on a good show for 888DropMyRate and Total Care Auto.”

The 2015 season will conclude at Georgia’s Road Atlanta over the weekend of September 30 – October 2. The 2.5-hour CTSCC race is scheduled for Friday, October 2, while the TUDOR Series will run the 10-hour Petit Le Mans on Saturday, October 3.

The CTSCC race from COTA will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 27. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Road Atlanta 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 website at www.MultimaticMotorsports.com. Fans are invited to follow the team on Facebook: 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 Shelby GT350R-C entries in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s Grand Sports (GS) class. Driving the No. 15 entry are Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson. The sister No. 158 is co-driven by Jade Buford and Austin Cindric. The team’s commercial partners are Ford Performance, Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate. 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.

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Photo Caption: Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson drove the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C to a second-place finish in the ninth and penultimate round of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge on September 18 at the Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)