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Seeking to Finish the Season in Style

Seeking to Finish the Season in Style

September 29th, 2015Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team is heading to Georgia’s Road Atlanta this week for the 10th and final round of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC).

It has been a challenging year for the team, which included developing and introducing a brand-new race car, the Ford Shelby GT350R-C, in the fourth race of the year while maximizing the performance of its outgoing race car, the Ford Mustang Boss 302R, in the first three races. Drivers Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson, sharing the No. 15 entry, and Jade Buford and rookie Austin Cindric, co-driving the sister No. 158, all had their share of both good and bad fortune throughout the season. Two wins (one each for both cars), three second-place finishes (two for Maxwell/Johnson, one for Buford/Cindric), four pole positions (three for Maxwell, one for Johnson) and two fastest laps (Johnson) were interspersed with two crashes, a couple of mechanical failures and a few instances of just sheer bad luck related to the timing of yellow flags.

As a result, coming off a second-place finish in the previous round at Texas’ Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Maxwell and Johnson enter the season finale in a four-way tie for fourth place in the drivers championship 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.

With only one race left to go, on a 2.54-mile track set in the rolling hills of North Georgia that the drivers enjoy and to which the Shelby GT350R-C should be well-suited, everyone on the team is ready to give it their all to finish the championship with a flourish and get every point available. The team won here last year with the No. 158 Ford Mustang Boss 302R, so hopes are high.

“Road Atlanta is a great track,” said Maxwell, “fast and flowing and very similar to Mosport, which the Shelby GT350R-C was very suited to. Hopefully that will mean another strong race for Billy and I, and we can end our season on a high note. A good result might help us grab third in the championship, which would be a decent result considering some of the ups and downs we’ve incurred this year.”

“It seems like the year has flown by,” said Johnson, “and I can’t believe we are already at the last race of the year at Road Atlanta. While we didn’t have the outright fastest car at COTA, we had a better strategy, pit stops, and outraced some faster cars for a great second-place finish. Hopefully we can take this momentum into Road Atlanta and have a repeat win to finish the season.”

“I’m looking forward to Road Atlanta,” said Buford. “Our car has been strong all year, and I hope we can cap off the season with a good result.”

“Road Atlanta presents a great opportunity to finish the year off right,” said Cindric. “It’s the first track we’ll race the GT350R-C that I’ve actually driven before, since we were at Laguna in the Boss 302R back in May. The track should suit the car nicely, and I can’t wait to see what we can come up with on race day.”

The season finale will get underway with a 45-minute practice on Wednesday, followed by another 45-minute practice session and a 15-minute qualifying session on Thursday. Friday’s 2.5-hour race is scheduled to take the green flag at 12:15 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 in the TUDOR series’ 10-hour Petit Le Mans season finale on Saturday. James and teammate Mario Farnbacher, who are fifth in the TUDOR GTD driver and team standings, are similarly looking for a strong finish to their season.

“It’s the last race of the year, and the Petit Le Mans is always a fitting way to end the year, with a 10-hour sprint race!” said James. “We are still in with a shot for the TUDOR championship, and our goal, as usual, is to win. Our car is strong at Road Atlanta, so our hopes are high. Last year I won the CTSCC race with Billy in the No. 158 Mustang, and hopefully the No. 15 or the No. 158 can win again this year and finish the season in style.”

The CTSCC race from Road Atlanta will be live streamed on www.IMSA.com beginning at 12:15 pm EDT on Friday and broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 9:00 am EDT on Sunday, October 18. The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Petit Le Mans will be broadcast live starting at 11:00 am EDT on Saturday utilizing a combination of Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports 1 and live streaming on 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: Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing drivers Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson, in the No. 15 Ford Shelby GT350R-C, and Jade Buford and Austin Cindric, in the sister No. 158, enter the final round of the 2015 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Road Atlanta with high hopes for a strong finish to the season. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)