SCC: Homestead: Freedom Autosport preview

Freedom Autosport: A Lot of Reasons to Like Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla.--Freedom Autosport's drivers have a lot of reasons to like Homestead-Miami Speedway. When the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series arrives this weekend for ...

Freedom Autosport: A Lot of Reasons to Like Homestead

HOMESTEAD, Fla.--Freedom Autosport's drivers have a lot of reasons to like Homestead-Miami Speedway. When the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series arrives this weekend for round two, Freedom Autosport will be aiming to dominate once again.

Derek Whitis and Tom Long finished second in the Street Tuner (ST) class last year. After a strong showing in the Daytona opener, their confidence is high as they travel south to Homestead. In addition to their history at the track, they feel that their No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 is ideal for Homestead's layout.

"Homestead's twisty infield is really well suited for the great handling Mazda MX-5," noted Whitis. "If we can stay in touch with folks on the straightaways, then our Mazdas may have a chance since we do well through all the corners."

"The heavy braking areas and tight turns are perfect for the lightweight, nimble MX-5," agreed Long. "I'm really excited about Homestead because the race there last year was one of the closest we had. We led a lot of laps and feel like we have that same potential this year."

Andrew Carbonell and Rhett O'Doski, who finished third at Daytona in January, will co-drive the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5.

Carbonell may only be 20 years old, but he probably has the most laps at Homestead since it's the Miami resident's home track. Carbonell started racing at the karting track adjacent to the road course before moving up to sports car racing. He already has an SCCA National win at Homestead, as well as SCCA regional victories.

"Homestead is different than anywhere else we go, but it's a good mix between the oval and the road course," said Carbonell. "It's a tight oval, so we can optimize the setup for the infield, and our Mazdas should still perform well."

Last weekend, Freedom Autosport completed a three-day test of their new MAZDASPEED3s at Virginia International Raceway. "We made a lot of strides development-wise and feel like it's a strong, reliable package heading into Homestead," said Team Manager Long.

Team MER's Jason Saini will team up with GRAND-AM rookie Dennis Trebing in the No. 27 Freedom Autosport MAZDASPEED3, while Ray Mason will be one of the drivers in the No. 28 MAZDASPEED3. Saini has been racing--and winning--in Mazdas since 2004. Mason is a veteran of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series, with a long list of top-ten finishes in the Grand Sport class.

-source: freedon autosport

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ray Mason , Tom Long , Andrew Carbonell , Rhett O'Doski , Derek Whitis , Jason Saini , Dennis Trebing
Teams Freedom Autosport