Unlucky start for Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge Team's three cars.
Buffalo Grove, IL - Fall-Line Motorsports entered the Continental Tires Sports Car
Challenge season-opener at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend with high
expectations for the 2013 Championship. After spending the winter months perfecting
their three BMW M3 GS entries, they unloaded at the famed Daytona track with impressive
speed and continued that momentum into the early stages of the race. However, this is
where the good fortune ended. A series of unfortunate on-track incidents affected all
three cars and the team did not capture the results they were looking for. The Fall-Line
lineup finished 2-3-4 at last year's Daytona event so obviously there was disappointment
finishing 19-26-29. However, in true Fall-Line fashion, the team moves on to the next
race and will focus on the remaining stops on the 2013 season.
#48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 Coupe: Charles Espenlaub, Brett Sandberg
The #48 Fall-Line Motorsports/ Beverage Flavors International BMW M3 was driven by Brett
Sandberg and Charles Espenlaub. The pair started the race in fifth position and Sandberg
drove to the front of the field in the first stint in the car. He made contact with the
leader of the race who bunched up the field on a re-start, but Sandberg managed to stay
up front. He was holding onto 5th when, entering the 'bus stop,' a car directly in front
of him shredded a tire and Brett could not avoid the debris. The shrapnel did
significant damage to the underside of the car but he managed to hold his position to
finish his stint. Charles (Espenlaub) took over and nursed the car to the end of the
race without fourth gear. He was running 9th when the damage proved terminal just laps
from the end. He finished 19th.
#45 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 Coupe: Al Carter, Hugh Plumb
The #45 Fall-Line Motorsports/Eagle Technology /B+ Foundation BMW M3, driven by Al
Carter and Hugh Plumb was the highest qualified car in the Fall-Line camp. Carter
started the race in fourth and quickly got to work, taking the lead early in the race.
The same incident that involved the #48 on the re-start collected the #45 as the field
accordioned and Carter could not avoid the car in front of him. The leader chose not to
accelerate when the green flag came out and this caused an unavoidable incident. The
damage to the #45 was severe and disabled the car, but the Fall-Line crew with their
'never quit' attitude, was able to repair the car and only lost three laps in the pits.
The #45 finished the race in 26th position.
#46 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 Coupe: Mark Boden, Bryan Sellers
The #46 Fall-Line Motorsports/Trim-Tex Drywall Products BMW M3, piloted by team owner
Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers, started seventh and Boden was driving an incredible first
stint. Early in the race, Boden made contact with the wall on the outside of turn five
as he was trying to avoid two ST cars who forced him off the track. The Fall-Line crew
did an amazing job to get the car repaired and back out on track. The #46 was eventually
Team Manager, Michael Harvey, commented on his team: "This was clearly not the result we
expected or deserved. We had three great racecars out there today but we didn't get to
show our performance. It's disappointing to work so hard all winter and to come to the
first race and be a victim of others' poor decisions. We were proud to take BMW to the
front but as racing goes sometimes incidents beyond your control make for a hard day.
All the credit to the Fall-Line crew for rising up never giving up. We will re-group and
come back from this, as we always do, and move on and look toward Austin."