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Tough Sledding at Road America

Tough Sledding at Road America

August 12th, 2015 – Courtesy of Miller Racing – The Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing team encountered tough sledding in Round 7 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) at Wisconsin’s Road America circuit on August 8.

The team went into the historic Wisconsin circuit on the heels of three stellar outings with the new Ford Shelby GT350R-C – two wins and a 1-2 finish in the previous race, but Balance of Performance restrictions mandated by the sanctioning body, particularly a 58mm air restrictor over the engine’s 87mm throttle body, hobbled the Shelbys’ top speed on Road America’s three long straightaways.

Friday’s qualifying session was rained out, resulting in the grid being set by championship standings. The No. 158 Shelby GT350R-C of Jade Buford and Austin Cindric lined up third, while the No. 15 team car of Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson started fifth.

The race started well for the No. 158, with Buford making a strong move to take second in the early going, but as the race progressed it became apparent that the lack of top speed on this fast and challenging 4.0-mile circuit was going to be a problem, despite the superior handling and braking on the Shelbys. Buford and Cindric made the best of what they had to work with, and came home with a seventh-place finish.

Maxwell was competitive in his opening stint in the sister No. 15, moving up to second and doing well on old tires when the leaders pitted. Unfortunately, shortly after handing off to Johnson at the one-hour mark, an exhaust issue cropped up in the No. 15 car, sending it behind the wall for an extended time. Johnson finished the race, but 12 laps down to the leaders and 12th in class.

The drivers were disappointed with the day, but optimistic of more good results to come at Virginia International Raceway in two weeks’ time.

“We had pretty high hopes for this track coming in,” said Buford, “but it just turned out our set-up wasn’t ideal for this track. We’ll take it, and go on and keep improving the car. The car’s been off to a great start, so we knew we would probably have a hiccup at some point. Today was kind of our hiccup. We still came away with some great points. We’ll go on to VIR (Virginia International Raceway), Austin (Circuit of the Americas) and Road Atlanta, and hopefully finish up the season as strong as we started it with the Shelby GT350R-C.”

“It wasn’t (the day) we were looking for,” said Cindric. “We were trying to keep the winning streak alive, but before I got in we knew we didn’t quite have the car we would’ve liked and it’s a new car, so there are going to be teething issues. We’ll just learn from it and move on. I was able to hold on the best I could. We’ll keep on fighting for the points championship. I’ve got the most capable guys in the business, and I bet it’ll be running just perfectly the next time around.”

“We knew there would be issues with a new car,” said Maxwell. “They usually happen a little earlier than they did. We had issues with the exhaust. It just wasn’t our day. It’s too bad, because I think while we didn’t have the fastest car, we had a really good car on old tires and we never really got the chance to show it. After the yellow, when I was in it, the car really started to come to life. That was our hope with Billy, that late in the race we’d have something for them, but we had the issue with the exhaust. We’ll come back strong at Virginia. It’s disappointing, but we knew these days were going to happen with a new car.”

Following Round 7, Buford and Cindric remain in a four-way tie for third place in the drivers’ championship, while Maxwell and Johnson dropped back a spot and are now tied for fifth. In the team standings the No. 158 remains in third while the No. 15 is now sixth. In the manufacturer championship, Ford fell back to third behind Chevrolet and Porsche.

In Sunday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race, longtime Miller Racing driver Ian James represented team sponsors Total Care Auto and 888DropMyRate in the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America in the GTD class. James qualified sixth in class, and he and teammate Mario Farnbacher finished eighth in class in the two-hour, 40-minute race.

“It was a disappointing day for our Porsche,” said James. “Things were looking good after taking the lead at the halfway point, only for the engine to develop a misfire and drop us down the order. A tough weekend for all the cars.”

The next stop on the tour is the picturesque Virginia International Raceway, located just outside Danville, Va., on August 21-23.

The television broadcast of the CTSCC race from Road America will air on Fox Sports 1 at 8:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, August 17. Live streaming and timing and scoring from Virginia International Raceway will be available at 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 website at Fans are invited to follow the team on Facebook: 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 and 888DropMyRate. 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 Caption: The No. 158 Multimatic Motorsports / Miller Racing Ford Shelby GT350R-C of Jade Buford and Austin Cindric finished seventh in Round 7 of the International Motor Sports Association’s 2015 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Road America on Saturday, July 8. (Photo courtesy Ford Performance)