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A Perfect Result: 1-2 at Lime Rock

A Perfect Result: 1-2 at Lime Rock

July 29th, 2015Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team had a perfect result this past weekend at Lime Rock Park, finishing first and second in Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) on Saturday, July 25.

The team’s second consecutive win in the third race for the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C wasn’t easy, by any stretch of the imagination, but showcased the team’s hard work, dedication and smart strategy.

Qualifying was a mixed bag, as Austin Cindric clocked the fourth-fastest time in the No. 158 Shelby GT350R-C that he shares with Jade Buford while the No. 15 of Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson was unable to post a time due to an electrical malfunction, putting them to the rear of the GS class grid (12th overall) for Saturday’s two-hour race.

Maxwell smartly carved his way up through the field on the historic 1.5-mile Lime Rock circuit, which is renowned for being difficult to pass on, and took the lead just before pitting to hand over to Johnson. Johnson resumed in fourth and fought his way to the front, bringing the car home to claim his 17th win in the series and Maxwell’s 10th. Cindric drove the opening stint in the No. 158 before handing over to Buford, who had to hold off a fierce charge by the Nissan 370Z of B.J. Zacharias in the closing laps and took the checkered flag just 3.093 seconds behind Johnson.

The 1-2 finish was a great payback for the team’s hard work since the last race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 11, where the No. 15 was destroyed in a mid-race crash. The Multimatic crew put in many long hours to build up a new car in 10 days between the two events.

“I can’t thank the team at Multimatic and Ford Performance enough for their hard work to get this car rebuilt from scratch in just a week,” Johnson said. “It was written off at the last race, so it was an incredible job they did to have the car ready to go here. This result shows their hard work. The GT350R-C was awesome, and we had a great pit strategy. It was great to get some luck to go our way for once and be able to come out on top. This is a great result for the whole team.”

“I just had to be patient and manage the tires,” said Maxwell of his opening stint. “The car was very consistent, and that’s what you really need here. I knew I had Billy to close, so I just wanted to stay out of trouble and give him a good car to take to the finish.”

Cindric was unable to attend the podium ceremonies, as he had to jump on a plane to head to Detroit to race in the Red Bull Global Rallycross event on Saturday and Sunday, where he finished in third in the GRC Lites class both days. “We were struggling a bit with the rear grip, but the car was really good,” said Cindric, as he prepared to head for the airport.

“He fought me clean; it was a great battle,” said Buford of his fight to the finish with Zacharias. “I just had to be defensive. I couldn’t be happier with my Multimatic/Miller Racing Ford Performance GT350R-C today; it performed great. Couldn’t be happier with a 1-2 finish—if I can’t win, I just want my teammate to. I think we have been building momentum the last few races. I think we need to just keep carrying it on, pushing for the championship. It should be a good battle to the end.”

Team principal Larry Holt was very pleased with the team’s performance, both on and off the track. “It was a great day,” he said. “To finish 1-2…I mean, Jade did a fantastic job. It’s a bit of a Cinderella story, coming from the back in a car that happened to be built from scratch in the last week and a half. And we are really racing; there is nothing that gets left out there. Those Nissans were coming for us. I can’t say enough; Billy is a star, and Scott did an incredible job coming from the back like he had to do.”

With four rounds remaining in the championship, Buford and Cindric are embroiled in a four-way tie for third in the drivers’ points, while Maxwell and Johnson are tied for fourth. In the team standings, the No. 158 is third while the No. 15 is fifth. The team’s recent success has also helped Ford climb the standings in the manufacturers’ battle, where they are currently in second, 13 points behind Chevrolet.

In Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, longtime Miller Racing driver Ian James represented team sponsors Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate in the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class. James qualified fourth in class, and he and teammate Mario Farnbacher finished in the same position after a spirited battle in the two-hour, 40-minute race.

“What a great day for our loyal sponsors!” said James. “Between the GS cars and the GTD program, that is the fourth win of the year. The Mustangs looked in dominant form, and we had a good day in the GTD car with a fourth-place finish, closing in on the championship leaders by five points. 888dropmyrate and TotalCareAuto are winners on and off the track, and we look forward to the next race.”

Following Round 6, James and Farnbacher are tied for fifth in the driver championship, and the team also holds fifth place in the team championship.

This is the busiest time of the season, with a number of races coming two weeks apart. Round 7 takes the series to another historic circuit, Wisconsin’s beautiful and challenging Road America, on August 8.

The television broadcast of the CTSCC race from Lime Rock Park will air on Fox Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, August 2. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Road America 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 (left) and Billy Johnson stand atop the podium after winning Round 6 of the International Motor Sports Association’s 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Lime Rock Park in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)