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Strong Pace but Tough Season Debut for Multimatic Motorsports at Daytona

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Strong Pace but Tough Season Debut for Multimatic Motorsports at Daytona

DAYTONA, FL (January 30th, 2010) – The Multimatic Motorsports squad’s hopes of debut success with the Ford Mustang Boss 302R at the Fresh from Florida 200 came up short today after the Canadian team dealt with new car ‘gremlins’ at the opening round of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Despite showing encouraging speed, the #15 car of Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell had issues with the power steering of their Ford Mustang Boss 302R and Frankie Montecalvo and Gunnar Jeannette’s #16 Bayshore Recycling machine retired late in the race due to engine and brake issues.

Things looked good early for Multimatic Motorsports – both cars showing strong pace right from the green flag.  Starting the #15 Ford Mustang Boss 302R from the front row of the 72 car grid, Foster maintained his position in the lead pack throughout his stint despite a slight engine issue. By the time the team made a driver change and put Maxwell behind the wheel at the one hour mark, the #15 car was running fourth.

Multimatic newcomer Frankie Montecalvo opened his season with a strong first stint in the team’s second entry, now livered in the colours of the 1969 Bud Moore Trans-Am cars. The teenager, who drives with a maturity beyond his years, put in a good run in his debut with the team. Having qualified the car 12th, Montecalvo immediately improved his position to ninth on the first lap. The “kid”, as he is referred to within the team, steadily made his way through the field, running as high as fifth. Unluckily, due to an engine problem, the American fell to seventh before entering pit lane to hand driving duties to teammate Gunnar Jeannette.

With the first round of green flag pit stops of the season flawlessly executed by the crew, the Multimatic cars enjoyed good track position despite both suffering slightly “flat” engines.  At the halfway mark of the two and a half hour event the #15 car was third with the #16 car right behind in fourth. Sadly things went wrong in the last hour of the race.

While the #16 car, piloted by Jeannette, continued its run in the top five, the #15 Multimatic machine driven by “Mustang Master” Scott Maxwell encountered problems with the power steering system. After losing nine laps to the leaders while making repairs, Canadian Maxwell returned to competition with about 40 minutes to go.

By the time the Canadian driver returned to the track, his teammate Jeannette had fallen to 14th, facing serious problems of his own. The engine issue had become probressively worse to the point that it shut down at one point causing the car to be rear-ended by another competitor. After having lost time restarting the car, Jeannette found that the engine was back “on-song” and continued to push hard making his way back up to eighth before once again losing power and track position. While desperately trying to hold on to a reasonable finishing position Jeannette suffered a brake issue that put an end to his day with 15 minutes to go.
Maxwell’s race also ended in the garage as the #15’s power steering issue reoccurred and team boss Larry Holt deemed it too dangerous to continue.

Next up for the Multimatic Motorsports squad will be the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race at Homestead-Miami Speedway March 5 and 6, 2010.

Quotes

Frankie Montecalvo

“I had a pretty good start and everything was going great. I had a good run on one of the BMWs at the start and got by him. After that I had to work a little behind a few cars. I went through my stint the best I could, finding a rhythm and trying to keep the car in good shape for Gunnar. Unfortunately I started having some issues and the problem was getting worse as my stint went on so I ended up pitting a little early. Things didn’t get any better for Gunnar and things went downhill later on. Even with these problems, I think we have a really competitive car and I’m confident that the issues we faced will be sorted by our next race.”

Gunnar Jeannette

“It was a tough race. We had several mechanical and electrical issues that haunted us today. The engine would miss and then it would get better but then the problems kept coming back and getting worse, to the point the car shut itself off on me. That caused us to get rear-ended. Once I got the car started again I was picking up time but then we had the brake failure. There have been better days but as they say, there is no better testing than during a race. On the bright side, we learned a lot and we were competitive despite the problems we faced.”

Scott Maxwell

“We already had an engine issue when I got in but we still remained in third and fourth for a while. Unfortunately the engine was not getting any better and then I started having problems with the power steering and our day sort of ended there once we had to go behind the wall to fix the problem. It wasn’t what we were looking for, but I think if we look at it as a brand new car it was an encouraging start to the season. We qualified well and we were in the top two in practice. We need to take the good from the weekend and build on that. There’s still work to do but everyone at Multimatic Motorsports is up for it.”

Joe Foster

“Things went well at the start of the race. But then we had an engine problem and then the power steering problem occurred. They’re what you call new car development problems but the car ran great and in the top two of three for about an hour and everything was going according to plan until those gremlins snuck in but those things happen sometimes. The BMWs were really hard to catch up to but all in all it was a very encouraging weekend.”

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