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Looking for More Success at Lime Rock

Looking for More Success at Lime Rock

July 22nd, 2015 Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports/Miller Racing team will be looking for more success as they head into Round 6 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Connecticut’s historic and picturesque Lime Rock Park this weekend, July 25-26.

Following the decidedly mixed fortunes in Round 5 on July 11 at the team’s home track, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, in which Jade Buford and Austin Cindric posted the first win for the team’s new Ford Shelby GT350R-C while teammates Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson failed to finish after Maxwell was involved in a devastating crash that destroyed the No. 15 car, the team is looking to get both cars to the checkered flag this weekend – hopefully at the front of the pack.

In the 10 days since the last race, the team has been feverishly working to build a new car for Maxwell and Johnson. The job, which involved many long hours, was completed in time for both team cars to be loaded on the trailer and shipped to Connecticut on Tuesday of this week.

Despite the fact that the new car will hit the track with no prior testing, the team is confident that both the Maxwell/Johnson No. 15 and the Buford/Cindric No. 158 will pick up where they left off two weeks ago.

Racing is not allowed at Lime Rock on Sundays, so the weekend schedule will be compressed. The 1.5-mile track is notoriously tough to pass on, and the GS and ST classes will practice separately but race together. Saturday will be a very busy day, with 15-, 30- and 45-minute practice sessions preceding the 15-minute qualifying session. The two-hour race is scheduled to take the green flag at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

“After the bittersweet result at Mosport, I’m hoping we can bounce back in the No. 15 car and try to make it two wins in a row for Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Performance,” said Maxwell. “Our team did an amazing job getting a new car ready for Lime Rock, so hopefully Billy and I can reward them with a good result. Lime Rock will be a bit crazy – 40 cars on a 1.5-mile track – so anything can, and likely will, happen.”

“Lime Rock is North America’s road-course equivalent of a NASCAR short-track bullring, and combining the two classes in one race this year is surely going to make for an interesting and exciting race,” said Johnson. “Our team is amazing and really hard-working for pulling long days to build Scott and I a brand-new car after ours was destroyed at Mosport. Hopefully we can bring back the big trophy for the guys at the shop who make this all possible.”

“Coming off a win at Mosport, hopefully Austin and I can continue to carry momentum at Lime Rock and make it two in a row for our No. 158 Multimatic/Miller Racing/Ford Performance GT350R-C,” said Buford. “The championship is still very much in play, and I’m looking forward to closing the gap to first place.”

“After my first series win at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, I am very motivated for Jade and me to continue that momentum into Lime Rock,” said Cindric. “Between the No. 158 and the No. 15, I’m sure there are more victories ahead for the GT350R-C this season. I’m excited to tackle a new track and take what the weekend gives us!”

“Our crew did an absolutely amazing job to put a new car together in time for this weekend’s race,” said team principal Larry Holt. “Hopefully we can get both cars on the podium and bring home a couple of trophies to repay them for all their hard work.”

Coming into Lime Rock, Buford and Cindric lie in fourth place in the drivers’ standings, while Maxwell and Johnson are tied for fifth place with two other drivers. In the teams’ championship, the No. 158 is now fourth with the No. 15 in sixth.

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 back on track this weekend after the GTD class did not participate at Mosport. At Lime Rock, the TUDOR race will include only the Prototype Challenge and GTD classes in a two-hour, 40-minute race that will take the green flag at 3:15 pm EDT on Saturday. James and teammate Mario Farnbacher are currently fifth in the point standings. With a seventh-in-class in the their last race breaking a three-race streak of podium finishes, the team hopes to be back in the top three this weekend.

“Lime Rock was the first track I raced on in America,” said James, “so it holds great memories for me. Its tight layout should be good for our Porsche. I expect to be going for the win on Saturday afternoon, and keeping 888DropMyRate and Total Care Auto at the head of the pack.”

Live streaming and timing and scoring from Lime Rock Park will be available at www.IMSA.com. The CTSCC race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 12:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, Aug. 2. The TUDOR race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, July 26. 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 websites at www.MillerRacing.com and www.MultimaticMotorsports.com. Fans are invited to follow the team on Facebook: www.facebook.com/roger.miller158 and www.facebook.com/MultimaticMotorsports or on Twitter: @millerracingUT (team), @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, 888DropMyRate and ViON. 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.

Photo courtesy Ford Performance