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Team Optimistic Heading into Home Race

Team Optimistic Heading into Home Race

July 9th, 2015 – Courtesy of Miller Racing The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team hopes to enjoy a home-track advantage as they head into Round 5 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Canada’s historic Canadian Tire Motorsport Park this weekend, July 10-11.

This will be the second outing for the team’s 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. Since the track, formerly known as Mosport International Raceway, is only about an hour from the team’s shops, it is a familiar stomping ground and a favorite of the team and drivers.

The team debuted its new cars in Round 4 at New York’s Watkins Glen International on June 27 with somewhat satisfying fourth- (Buford/Cindric) and seventh-place (Maxwell/Johnson) finishes, considering that the 2.5-hour race ended under caution due to heavy rain. Both cars seemingly had the potential to do better but were thwarted by the inclement conditions. Maxwell and Johnson continue to be tied for fourth in the drivers’ championship, while Buford and Cindric have moved up from eighth to sixth. In the team championship, the No. 15 currently lies in fifth place with the No. 158 in seventh.

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is perhaps Canada’s most well-known road racing circuit. It was the country’s second purpose-built road course, having opened in 1961. Today’s challenging and technical 2.459-mile, 10-turn layout is shorter than originally created, but the facility has hosted some of the most significant racing series and drivers in the sport’s history and is hallowed ground for Canadian racing fans. Formula 1, the World Sportscar Championship, World Superbike, Can-Am, Trans-Am and various stock car series are among the series that have made history there.

The Multimatic/Miller drivers are anxious to see what their new cars will do on the team’s home track, and hope that weather won’t be a factor this time out.

“Mosport is my home track, and also my favorite,” said Maxwell. “In fact, it’s Multimatic’s home track as well, so this is a huge weekend for not only me but the entire team and organization. With so much going on with both the Shelby GT350R-C and the Ford GT program, it is an exciting time, so it would be great if we could get at least a podium finish for the new Ford Performance Mustang. Billy is going to qualify this weekend and I’m going to finish, so hopefully it stays dry this time and we have something to celebrate with our Ford and Multimatic supporters on Saturday night!”

“I love racing at Mosport,” said Johnson. “It’s one of the greatest tracks in North America, and it’s especially important to the team, since it’s in their backyard. Last year we had both our cars on the podium, and we look forward to finishing hopefully one position better this year, on top of the podium, for the brand-new GT350R-C’s second race.”

“Watkins Glen provided me with many challenges, including an unfamiliar racetrack, driving in the rain and the shared responsibility of representing the new Shelby GT350R-C properly,” said Cindric. “I feel that, as a driver and a team, we conquered those challenges very well. With one race completed on the car, we are heading into Mosport with a lot of momentum. I’m looking forward to what the weekend will bring for the No. 158 team, Jade and myself!”

“I am greatly looking forward to Mosport!” said Buford. “We had a good run going at Watkins Glen and would have been a threat for the win, but unfortunately the race was stopped due to poor track conditions. Hopefully Austin and I can keep building momentum and push for a win in our No. 158 Multimatic/Miller Racing Shelby GT350R-C this weekend.”

The team’s weekend will get underway on Friday, July 10, with two 45-minute practice sessions, followed by a 15-minute qualifying session. The 2.5-hour race is scheduled to take the green flag at 1:25 p.m. EDT on Saturday.

Ian James, the longtime Miller Racing driver Ian James 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 not be racing this weekend. The TUDOR Series will race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but the GTD class is not included. James’ next race will be at Connecticut’s Lime Rock Park on July 24-25.

Live streaming and timing and scoring from Canadian Tire Motorsport 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, July 19. 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), @smaxwell27 (Scott Maxwell), @BillyJracing (Billy Johnson), @bufordjm (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)