Scott Maxwell Picks up Grand-Am KONI Challenge Championship Trophy at Mosport Bowmanville, ONT (16 June 2009) --2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Champion Scott Maxwell is so fast, he didn't even slow down to pick up his champions trophy last ...
Scott Maxwell Picks up Grand-Am KONI Challenge Championship Trophy at Mosport
Bowmanville, ONT (16 June 2009) --2008 Grand-Am KONI Challenge Champion Scott Maxwell is so fast, he didn't even slow down to pick up his champions trophy last year.
With a racing roster that included his travels back and forth to Europe to race a Ford Mustang in the FIA GT3 category in addition to his run to the KONI Challenge GS Class Championship with co-driver Joe Foster, Maxwell was one of the busiest racers out there. So busy in fact that when the time came for Maxwell to pick up his KONI Challenge Championship hardware, he was not able to make the celebrations as his co-driver Foster represented him at the season-ending banquet while Maxwell caught up on some much-missed time at home with his wife and newborn son Ryan.
So at the start of the Mustang Challenge race weekend at Mosport International Speedway, as Maxwell made his first appearance as the driver coach for the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, which is sanctioned by Grand-Am, the Canadian had not yet put his hands on the actual championship trophy. But the champion got a pleasant surprise in the drivers meeting as Grand-AM Support Series Manager Mike Kramer presented the Toronto-based champion his trophy to kick off the race weekend.
"This is a great surprise," said Maxwell, who scored two wins on his way to the 2008 championship, including an outstanding run from the back of the pack to the lead at Mosport. "I owed it to my wife to finally get some time at home last year, so I didn't get to go to the banquet and never ended up getting the trophy so obviously I'm thrilled to have it now. I was disappointed not to be part of the official celebrations last year, but Joe (Foster) at least got to take the spotlight for me!"
The trophy collecting wasn't the only part of the race weekend that Maxwell enjoyed, as he returned to the cockpit of the Ford Mustang FR500S to create a baseline lap of data for all the Mustang Challenge drivers to use to get the most out of their own Mustangs in round 7 of the 2009 championship.
"This Ford Mustang is a blast to drive-less power but a lot more grip so it takes a different driving style than the KONI Mustang," said Maxwell. "The caliber of driving in this series is very high, and I was impressed with how everyone go on both in the cars and out of them. It seems like a place where the drivers are really enjoying the competition"
The Mustang Challenge will return to race action again this weekend as part of the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.