Traffic the key to success for Mustang FR500C Multimatic team's Laguna battle The two Ford Racing Technology Mustang FR500C racecars faced late afternoon peak-hour traffic as the Grand-Am Cup Championship hit the track for the first time at...
Traffic the key to success for Mustang FR500C Multimatic team's Laguna battle
The two Ford Racing Technology Mustang FR500C racecars faced late afternoon peak-hour traffic as the Grand-Am Cup Championship hit the track for the first time at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this afternoon.
With 71 cars entered for this weekend, finding a clear lap around the 2.238 mile racetrack proved to be the toughest challenge for the Multimatic Motorsports #05 and #55 machines driven by Canadians Scott Maxwell/David Empringham and young American stars, Gunnar Jeannette/James Gue.
With one car for every 166 feet of racetrack, Maxwell and Empringham were fortunate to be able to find a clear lap to stop the clock at 1 minute, 40.005 seconds - fourth fastest on the day.
Jeannette and Gue were not so lucky - their fastest lap of 1:42.731 left them back in 28th position on the time sheet. Gue was also unlucky to damage the front of the #55 Mustang when he was part of a group of cars which made contact trying to avoid another spun car.
Both combinations will get the chance to make improvements tomorrow morning in final practice at 8.40am before taking to the track for qualifying at 11.45am.
Tomorrow's 90 lap race kicks off at 2.45pm.
Ford Racing Technology embarked on this program to return the Mustang to the race track, and unveiled the new Mustang FR500C racer at the Specialty Equipment Manufacturer's Association Show in Las Vegas in November last year. Ford Racing worked closely with Multimatic on the design, development, and build of the race car to Grand-Am specification.
Ford Racing Performance Parts will offer the Mustang FR500C in Grand-Am Cup specification, as well as all the racing components necessary for race team support and for those enthusiasts interested in enhancing their own Mustangs.
In conjunction with the debut season of the new Mustang FR500C, Multimatic Motorsports has launched a new web site to commemorate the return to the track by the Ford muscle-car. The site is located at www.multimaticmotorsports.com/mustang/ and features driver profiles, race news, photo galleries and Multimatic Motorsports and Mustang history.