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Solid Performance at Homestead Keeps Multimatic Motorsports in Continental Challenge Championship Hunt

Solid Performance at Homestead Keeps Multimatic Motorsports in Continental Challenge Championship Hunt

MIAMI, FL (March 5th, 2011) – A combination of outstanding driving, an ideal strategy and good pit stops once again put the #15 Boss 302R Mustang of Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster in among the BMW pack that has begun to dominate the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Multimatic Motorsports Ford entry is presently the only legitimate challenger to the “Munich Steamroller” and the team left Florida occupying third spot in the championship after finishing a strong sixth in the Kia 200. Highlights of the weekend were as follows:

  • Joe Foster qualified fourth after having to waive off his first flyer due to a black flag halfway through using up the best of his tires. Foster’s second attempt was outstanding considering the tire degradation but the team was frustrated by the fact that his fastest practice times were better than that recorded by the Rum Bum Racing BMW to secure the pole.
  • Foster provided one of his signature opening stints in which he outperformed every other driver on the track while looking after the car for Maxwell’s later efforts. Other than a small altercation in the first corner start scrum, which allowed the #15 to gain a position, Foster had an impeccably clean run which culminated in a superb pass on Matt Bell’s Camaro for P2 just before taking advantage of the race’s second full course yellow to hand off to Maxwell.
  • Scott Maxwell once again showed why he is widely referred to as “Mr. Mustang” by driving through the field, which had been completely shaken up by opposing strategies, from 21st to 3rd place. Once the strategies had equalized after a rash of first half full course cautions, Maxwell made a legitimate green flag push from 12th to 3rd position despite suffering from an engine stumble off of the low speed corners.
  • The ebb and flow of the race completely changed as the track stayed green for almost the entire second half forcing all of the leaders to make their stops as the cars entered their final fuel window. The #15 Mustang came in with the leading BMWs and the team chose to take four tires which resulted in the loss of two positions that became impossible to make-up in the closing laps due to the outstanding pace of the German machinery. The #61 Roush Boss 302R Mustang also gained an advantage over Maxwell by stopping a few laps earlier but was later penalized for an illegally large fuel capacity, vindicating the Multimatic strategy and once again proving that the Canadian entry is the only legitimate threat to the BMW domination. Maxwell ultimately crossed the line in sixth place in an eight car, nose to tail train.

SPEED Channel will air the Kia 200 on March 19th at 3:00pm EST

Round three of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge takes place April 9th at Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, Alabama.

Quotes

Larry Holt

“I can’t really complain about the weekend other than the pace of the BMW’s.  They appear to have a significant power advantage over us right now.  Joe gave me his normal superb performance and would have qualified on the front row had it not been for the black flag and then ran his entire race stint near the front, picked-up two spots without risk and handing off a healthy race car to Scott.  The guy is a star.   Scott had to deal with a ton of traffic because of all the different strategies but was outstanding and made three passes on competitive GS cars in one lap at one stage.  Our last stop did not play out well and everything now has to be absolutely perfect to win one of these races so we ended up sixth in the top eight pack.  A short yellow towards the end messed with Scott’s rhythm and in the end I told him to take what he had based on our pace and the traffic.”

Scott Maxwell

“Once again, Joe handed me a perfect car although everybody was running different strategies so I ended up back in twentieth place or so at the beginning of my stint.  It was a bit of fun charging through the field because we had a great handling car even though it had a small stumble off of the slow corners which allowed the competition to gap me under hard acceleration.  Once everything got sorted out we were legitimately capable of running in the top pack of eight cars.  However as we came out of the last round of stops we were in sixth and there was no way I could find a way past without taking some chances.  The boys told me to settle on what we had and that’s where we ended up”

Joe Foster

“A bit of a frustrating weekend for me with my qualifying lap being black flagged as the team told me I was on a front row run and then my race stint was messy because I couldn’t get into a rhythm due to all of the yellows.  The first corner was a bit of a mess and there was contact but I was able to come out clean in third behind the BMW and Camaro and very easily held the position for my entire stint.  I decided to have a go at Matt towards the end of the run and made the pass cleanly down into corner one which was pretty satisfying when the boys came on the radio and said it looked impressive.”

Contact Info:

Hao Wang or Sean Mason
Multimatic Motorsports
+1 905-470-0025      
racepr@multimatic.com
www.multimaticmotorsports.com