Strong Debut for Boss 302R at Daytona Testing Maxwell Breaks Lap Record with New Mustang

DAYTONA, FL (January 15th, 2010) Multimatic Motorsports has returned from a one year hiatus with no apparent ill effect. Although the team hasn’t campaigned a race car since supporting Hypersports in 2008 with their championship winning Koni Challenge effort, the Canadian organization was back on top of the game within a couple of test sessions on Friday. Despite the #16 Boss302R never having turned a wheel until Friday morning and Multimatic lead driver, Scott Maxwell, having only undertaken limited test driving duties for the past year, the ‘Mustang Master’ left the track fifth quickest at the end of the first day.

Team Principal Larry Holt couldn’t have been happier with Maxwell’s return to regular work: “Max was the least of my worries on Friday, although he was concerned about the possibility of getting rusty. I figured that there was no real chance of that and we were inundated with useful feedback and he was on pace with the regular front runners by the second session. Scott’s workplace is behind the wheel, he spent the last year with his new son Ryan, which is great, but he belongs in a race car. Friday was all about the car. We came away fifth at the end of the day which was pretty credible for a brand new product but that was all we had and from what we saw on-track it was evident that our competitors had plenty in reserve.”

Saturday was a different story for the new Ford Racing Mustang Boss302R.  Although minor electrical and engine teething issues plagued both the #16 (showing the #15 for marketing purposes) and #71 cars, Gunnar Jeannette and Maxwell continued to tune and verified that the overnight changes that they had chosen were, in fact, a big step forward.  The team missed the Saturday morning session due to a light snow that fell early in the day… a first for Daytona! However, Maxwell surprised everybody by laying down a 1:59.215 lap, setting a new unofficial lap record for the GS class, in the afternoon.  He was pressing hard and picked-up a strong draft from Todd Snyder’s FR500C Mustang that ended the session second fastest, but it was still an impressive result for the new car.

Maxwell explains: “A number of people asked me why we would show our hand so early during testing but the truth is we are using this weekend as a development test due to the short timescale of the Boss302R program and so we are not in a position to play any games.  We have been going flat out in every session and I picked-up a second with some changes that we made and by grabbing a strong tow from Todd’s car… we were a little surprised.  However, I’m not overly confident that we really have the fastest car, I’m getting out-dragged off a lot of corners by some of our competition, I don’t think that they are showing their real potential on the timesheets.”

Saturday also saw Multimatic newcomer Frank Montecalvo showcase his talent with a mid 2:00 lap placing him solidly in the top ten in the #71 Boss302R that he will be sharing with Jeannette for the 2010 season.  Holt has watched Montecalvo’s progress over the past year, driving for rival organization Kinetic Motorsports, and made the decision to bring him into the team paired with long time Multimatic driver Jeannette.

Sunday saw more of the same with Maxwell topping the morning session with a 1:59.554 lap which was achieved without the help of drafting, so a better indication of the new car’s real capability. Further changes made overnight had improved performance even more although some of the new car gremlins continued to keep the Mustangs from completing as many laps as Team Manager Sean Mason would have liked.

Mason commented: “It’s been a real struggle to get here due to the development program kicking-off so late; and in addition to getting my team back on the rails we are busy preparing customer cars for delivery before the race in three weeks. It’s a little fraught to say the least.  I’m obviously happy with the pace, some of which I have to directly attribute to Scotty who could put a wheelbarrow in the top ten, but the electrical and engine issues are a real worry.  However, we have fantastic support from Ford and with Andy Slankard leading the Ford Racing side of the team I have every confidence that they will get it all sorted before we race.”

The final session on Sunday unfortunately saw the #71 sit out with a wiring harness issue but the #16 was given to Maxwell’s 2010 partner and joint 2008 Koni Series Champion Joe Foster. Foster was up to speed within a handful of laps but suffered a misfire that hampered his efforts to improve on the car’s best time, ending the session in a still credible eighth spot.  Despite a number of other competitors breaking into the 59’s during Sunday’s two sessions, the #16 Mustang left the three day event with the fastest time.

Holt concluded: “I am extremely happy with Sean and his guys; it’s as if they never missed a day of last season.  Our engineers, Jean-Francois Chretien and Brian Jones, were outstanding and all four drivers drove flawlessly.  I expect this of Joe, Gunnar and Scott but the guy who really proved himself was Frankie, I am looking for big speed from “the kid” this season and he showed us that it’s there.  He also drives like he’s got nothing to prove, safe and consistent.  While we are leaving Daytona P1, I’m pretty sure that this is not indicative of the real speed hierarchy due to all the “sandbagging” that was going on, but I am happy that we are in the ballpark with Ford Racing’s new customer race car.”