This Week in Ford Racing October 11, 2005 Grand-Am Cup Series David Empringham, driver of the No. 05 Ford Racing/Multimatic Ford Mustang FR 500C, clinched the Grand-Am Cup GS class driver's championship this past weekend at Virginia ...
This Week in Ford Racing
October 11, 2005
Grand-Am Cup Series
David Empringham, driver of the No. 05 Ford Racing/Multimatic Ford Mustang FR 500C, clinched the Grand-Am Cup GS class driver's championship this past weekend at Virginia International Raceway. Additionally, Multimatic -- with Empringham and Scott Maxwell as its drivers -- won for Ford the Grand-Am Cup GS Class Maufacturer's Championship. Empringham talked about winning the championship and the performance of the Ford Mustang FR500C.
David Empringham - No. 05 Ford Racing/Multimatic Ford Mustang FR 500C
Congratulations on winning the Drivers Championship "It was good to get that finalized and done. There were some issues before the race where our competitors had an engine problem and couldn't enter the race. I had clinched the championship before the race had started. But we still had the Manufacturer's Championship and Team Championship to be won, so we had to be somewhat smart with the weather."
How was the Mustang to drive on a wet track like VIR? "It wasn't too bad. The gear ratios that we have are long to start with because of the different rear end they gave us mid-season. So it probably suited the wet conditions. You know, the car is so balanced, we really had a strong weekend in both the practice sessions. Scotty (Maxwell) was quickest in the wet and I was quickest in the dry. So, we went into the race knowing we would be really strong. In the race we had really terrible conditions. It was just a matter of being smart and staying out of trouble."
How do you like driving in the rain? DO you have a lot of experience from youR open-wheel days? "Lots of experience in both wet and dry conditions. If anything, for me, the worse conditions, the better. It's challenging and I enjoy it. I guess being Canadian we get a lot of that kind of weather."
You Started the race on wet tires? "We kind of went back and forth, the conditions were changing so much. We went at one point with Scott starting on wets then to dry and it rained again so we switched drivers, put the wets back on and I finished the race."
Talk about winning the Manufacturer's Championship in the Mustang. "It certainly feels good. Dan Davis [Director, Ford Racing Technology] was there and all the people from Ford. Going into the weekend it was going to be a long shot for the manufacturer's title and the team title. Having a strong weekend really felt good. It really felt good to finish on such a high for all categories knowing how far this program has come. A year ago now it was barely a vision of Dan Davis and Ford, and between Dan and a few other people they decided to take that car to Grand-Am Cup. They handed the program over the Multimatic and a lot of people put a tremendous effort into it. But to accomplish the high goals that were set at the beginning of the season, it's pretty astounding."
What are youR plans for next year? I understand Grand-Am cup is looking at a 24-hour race for 2006. "It looks like they are planning one for next year. I certainly hope to be back."