SCC: Laguna Seca: Ford Racing race notes

Ford Racing Mustang FR500C captures third victory in four races with win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca * Ford Racing's Mustang FR500C driven by Scott Maxwell and David Empringham speeds to another victory in the Grand-Am Cup Series with a win at...

Ford Racing Mustang FR500C captures third victory in four races with win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

* Ford Racing's Mustang FR500C driven by Scott Maxwell and David Empringham speeds to another victory in the Grand-Am Cup Series with a win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

* Mustang FR500C race cars claim three of the top five finishing positions.

* Win marks third victory out of four races for the Mustang FR500C program.

* Ford Racing and drivers Gunnar Jeannette and James Gue continue to hold the lead in the series' manufacturer and driver (GS class) championships, respectively.

MONTEREY, Calif., Apr. 30 - In a testament to the durability and performance of both car and drivers, the Ford Racing Multimatic Motorsports Mustang FR500C driven by Scott Maxwell and David Empringham took the checkered flag for their first win of the season, and the third win of the season for a Mustang FR500C, at the Grand-Am Cup California 200 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

"I couldn't have asked for anything better than back-to-back victories during Grand-Am's California swing," said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology, referring to the Ford Racing Mustang FR500C victories at California Speedway and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. "The racing is very competitive, and the Mustang FR500C is proving to be a strong performer with the ability to take a few hits."

With a third place qualifying position, but second place starting position due to a competitor's disqualification, Multimatic Motorsports drivers Maxwell and Empringham took an early lead. After contact with lapped car, the #05 FR500C wasn't expected to be up for the challenge to make a run for the front. But Empringham disagreed, and once behind the wheel, he worked the Mustang back to the front of the pack to capture victory.

Tom Natasi and Ian James, the winners of the season-opener at Daytona, took third place in their #5 FR500C, while Multimatic's drivers James Gue and Gunnar Jeannette finished fourth after two BMWs had to head for the pits due to flat tires on the last lap.

Gue and Jeannette lead the points in the series' drivers' championship, with Maxwell and Empringham moving into a tie for second place. Ford continues to lead in championship points for the manufacturers' title.

The Ford Racing Mustang FR500C was developed by Ford Racing Technology and is available through Ford Racing Performance Parts as a complete "ready-to-race" package for the Grand-Am Cup Series.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Maxwell , Ian James , David Empringham , Gunnar Jeannette , James Gue
Teams Multimatic Motorsports