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Team to Debut New Ford Shelby GT350R-C at Watkins Glen This Weekend

Team to Debut New Ford Shelby GT350R-C  at Watkins Glen This Weekend

June 25th, 2015 – Courtesy of Miller Racing The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team heads into Round 4 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at New York’s historic Watkins Glen International this weekend with new cars and high hopes.

The team will debut the brand-new Ford Shelby GT350R-C, with Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson driving the No. 15 and teammates Jade Buford and Austin Cindric sharing the sister No. 158.

Following Round 3 at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 2, Maxwell and Johnson are tied for fourth in the drivers’ championship, with Buford and Cindric tied for eighth. In the team championship, the No. 15 currently lies in fourth place with the No. 158 in eighth.

Watkins Glen is the cradle of sports car racing in North America, having hosted its first race in 1948 on the streets of the village that sits at the southern end of Seneca Lake in Central New York’s picturesque Finger Lakes region. The competition moved to a temporary track in 1953, with the permanent track opening in 1956. The circuit was the home of the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix from 1961-1980, and has also hosted the Can-Am, Trans-Am, Formula 5000 and CART Indy Car series.

The 3.4-mile, 11-turn track is a favorite for drivers, and the Multimatic/Miller squad is anxious to debut their new cars on it.

“It’s like Christmas Eve around here,” said Maxwell, “but the big present has been under the tree for months! I can’t wait to finally be able to drive the new Shelby GT350 R-C in racing conditions. Between Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports, we’ve accumulated hundreds of hours and thousands of miles of testing and developing, so a lot of hard work has gone into this car. I think eventually it will pay off, but we have a lot of competition and it is early days yet for this car.  But I love Watkins Glen, so it should be a great weekend for all the Ford Mustang fans.”

“Watkins Glen is a fantastic and historic track,” said Johnson. “I always love racing here and am really looking forward to the race.”

“Heading into Watkins Glen I am very excited, because this will be the start of a list of several racetracks I have never raced on,” said Cindric. “This will be a new challenge for me. The No. 158 team is gaining more and more momentum each time we hit the track, and I look forward to what the weekend will bring!”

“I’m looking forward to The Glen,” said Buford. “It’s probably my favorite track to drive on the calendar. Hopefully Austin and I have a strong run and can come away with a positive result and maybe some hardware.”

The team’s new Shelby GT350R-Cs will hit the track for the first time on Thursday, June 25, with a 45-minute practice session, followed by another 45-minute practice session and a 15-minute qualifying session on Friday. The 2.5-hour race is scheduled to take the green flag at 12:25 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

In the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, longtime Miller Racing driver Ian James will be representing Miller Racing team sponsors Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class. Following his second class win of the season in the previous race at Belle Isle in Detroit, he’s hoping for more success at Watkins Glen.

“The Six Hours of The Glen is an iconic race, and we are full of confidence after our recent win,” said James. “I love the track and the whole atmosphere at The Glen, and I’m looking forward to trying to stay on the podium. It will be fun to watch the new Shelby GT350R-C in the CTSCC race, and I am excited to see 888dropmyrate and Total Care Auto represented at the front of the field in both races.”

The TUDOR series will have two hours of practice on Friday, with another hour of practice and qualifying on Saturday. Their six-hour race is scheduled for 10:10 am EDT on Sunday.

Live streaming and timing and scoring from Watkins Glen will be available at www.IMSA.com. The CTSCC race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on Fox Sports 1 at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Sunday, July 5, and the TUDOR race will be live on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2 starting at 10:00 pm EDT on Sunday. 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 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, 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.