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Looking to Rebound in Texas

Looking to Rebound in Texas

September 16th, 2015Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team hopes to get back on the good foot as it heads into the ninth and penultimate round of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) this weekend at the majestic Circuit of the Americas (COTA) outside Austin, Texas.

Coming off a disappointing weekend at Virginia International Raceway on August 21-22 that saw the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson heavily damaged in a crash for the second time in four events, a down-to-the-wire, overnight shipment of a replacement Ford Mustang Boss 302R to take its place and finishes of sixth (Maxwell/Johnson) and ninth place (Jade Buford and Austin Cindric in the No. 158 Ford Shelby GT350R-C), the team is primed to bounce back strongly.

Buford and Cindric are currently fifth in the driver and team championships, while Maxwell and Johnson are sixth in the driver points and eighth in the team standings. In the manufacturers’ title chase, Ford lies in third, behind Chevrolet and Porsche. The Multimatic Motorsports crew has worked hard to repair the damaged No. 15 in the long break between races, and the team is refreshed, revived and ready to finish the season off with some solid results and championship points.

“COTA is one of my favorite tracks,” said Johnson, “and I had my first career pole there last year. It’s the only European-style track in the U.S., and it really is a “driver’s track” with a ton of great corners that facilitate passing (and wrecks). I’m looking forward to the race, and hopefully luck will be on our side this weekend.”

“I’m looking forward to COTA,” said Buford, who hails from Texas. “As a native Texan, it does feel like a home race to me. The track is one of my favorites as well, and I believe Austin and I will have a strong package to go for the win, rain or shine.”

“With only two races remaining, we are really focused on doing everything we can to ensure we end the year with good momentum,” said Cindric, who will be racing at COTA for the first time. “Our last couple of races have been full of bad luck, so we are due for a good result. I am really looking forward to learning another new track, especially one as prestigious as the Circuit of The Americas.”

The weekend gets underway today, with one 45-minute practice session. Another 45-minute practice session is scheduled for Thursday morning, preceding a 15-minute qualifying session in the afternoon. Friday’s 2.5-hour race will take the green flag at 1:40 pm EDT.

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, will be racing on Saturday in the two-hour-40-minute TUDOR series race. James and teammate Mario Farnbacher, who are fifth in the TUDOR GTD driver and team standings, will be looking to maintain the momentum they regained in Virginia, where they finished third to score their fourth podium finish of the season.

“I’m super excited to be back in Texas for the COTA round,” said James. “With two races left in the season, we are determined to stay at the front fighting for victory as we have all year. The COTA track is world-class, and our car is strong; roll on, Texas!”

Live streaming and timing and scoring from COTA will be available at www.IMSA.com. The CTSCC race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, September 27. The TUDOR race will be broadcast live at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday on Fox Sports 2, with a re-air at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday on Fox Sports 1. 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 Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team will be back in action in this weekend’s ninth and penultimate round of the International Motor Sports Association’s 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Circuit of the Americas. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)