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Perseverance Pays Off in Virginia

Perseverance Pays Off in Virginia

August 27th, 2015 – Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team had a tough day in Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) on Saturday, August 22, coming home with sixth- and ninth-place finishes.

The weekend started off badly in the first practice session on Friday, when Scott Maxwell had an accident in the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C that he shares with Billy Johnson, resulting in damage that was irreparable at the track. The team, both at the track and back home in Canada, immediately jumped into action, transporting one of the team’s older Ford Mustang Boss 302Rs to Virginia. After a 14-hour, overnight drive, the car was at the track and the crew set about getting it ready to race as the No. 51.

Meanwhile, Jade Buford qualified third on Friday afternoon in the No. 158 Ford Shelby GT350R-C that he shares with Austin Cindric.

In the race, Buford took the opening stint and moved into second in the opening laps and looked to be en route to a very competitive day. He ran in the runner-up spot until pitting under caution on Lap 14, returning to the action in 35th overall. He raced his way back up to fifth before the second pit stop, despite being forced off-course, resulting in damage that limited the car’s competitiveness. Cindric took over on the second pit stop and soldiered on to the finish in ninth place.

Maxwell and Johnson, starting from the back of the field, methodically worked their way through the field in the resurrected No. 51 that had not turned a single lap prior to the start of the race. They repaid the team’s dedication and hard work with a sixth-place finish.

In light of the massive effort that went into the race by the team, the drivers were philosophical about the results and already looking forward to putting their misfortunes behind them for the next race, which takes place on September 15 at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.

“You can’t tell by the results sheet, but it was a good weekend,” said Maxwell. “I think, more than anything, it showed the incredible character of the Multimatic team and the Ford Performance guys; no one ever gave up. I wrecked a good top-three car yesterday. We were basically packing up, and they said they’d bring down a car from Toronto 20 hours before it goes green. They just don’t give up! Overall, it feels almost like a victory after all the problems yesterday. I’m really proud of our team and, if anything, it’s just going to make us stronger for COTA.”

“I am ecstatic to be a part of this team,” said Johnson. “These guys are unbelievable; they never give up! Their hard work, dedication to the sport, dedication to the series and their dedication to Ford Performance is just phenomenal. They drove 14 hours to get our retired Boss 302R from Canada and bring it down here. They got here early this morning, and went to work; all hands were on deck to get a rough setup and clean off the cobwebs to get everything ready to race. We didn’t even turn a lap in the car before the race since it raced back earlier this year, and to come out and finish sixth was just a phenomenal effort by everybody involved.”

“The race started really great,” said Buford. “We were running up front pretty strong, then on the last-minute strategy call we decided to pit and I guess no one was ready to do it, which just happens; that’s racing. We could have bounced back from it, but then we just ended up in a bad position at the wrong time and everybody was being pretty aggressive. Basically, two incidents happened: I got pushed off the track a little bit and then gathered it up, but there was a crash going on in front. Hopefully we’ll keep getting stronger, take it on to Texas, and do well there.”

“Not the ideal day for the 158 team but we had a lot of potential,” said Cindric. “Jade had a really great opening stint, made some great moves, and was able to keep up with the Nissans. It kind of went downhill from there with some contact and mechanical things that came from that. But I can’t thank the guys enough; they had a lot on their plate this weekend trying to get the 15 car put together. I couldn’t shift anymore, but I think it was more from the vibrations that took out everything around it.”

With two rounds remaining in the championship, Buford and Cindric now lie fifth in the drivers’ championship, while Maxwell and Johnson are sixth. In the team standings, the No. 158 of Buford and Cindric is fifth, while the No. 15 fell to eighth (no points were scored for the No. 15 because Maxwell and Johnson drove the No. 51 Boss 302R at VIR). In the manufacturers’ title chase, Ford remains in third behind Chevrolet and Porsche.

In Sunday’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 and teammate Mario Farnbacher parlayed a sixth-place result in qualifying to a third-place finish in the race, their fourth podium finish of the season.

“It was great to be back on the podium representing 888DropMyRate and Total Care Auto at VIR,” said James. “We had a very good race, but the car didn’t quite have the speed to win, so we can be satisfied with third and move onto COTA still in the championship battle.”

James and Farnbacher are currently in fifth in both the GTD drivers’ and teams’ championship.

The television broadcast of the CTSCC race from VIR will air on Fox Sports 1 at 11:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, September 6. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Circuit of the Americas 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: The No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C finished ninth in class after a difficult day in Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Virginia International Raceway on Saturday, August 22. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)