Mosport Expert Scott Maxwell Joins Mustang Challenge 2008 KONI Challenge Champion tapped to provide coaching at Mosport Tooele, UT (8 June 2009) -- Any smart racer will tell you that the bigger the challenge, the better the help you need in...
Mosport Expert Scott Maxwell Joins Mustang Challenge
2008 KONI Challenge Champion tapped to provide coaching at Mosport
Tooele, UT (8 June 2009) -- Any smart racer will tell you that the bigger the challenge, the better the help you need in order to succeed.
And as the racers in the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge take on one of motorsports greatest challenges --Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ontario--the drivers will have some tremendous help this weekend as 2008 Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Champion Scott Maxwell has been signed to serve as the series driver coach this weekend.
Mustang Challenge has made the commitment to have a representative from Miller's Performance Training Center on hand for every race of the 2009 season, giving all the drivers a remarkable resource to continue to improve their racing and driving. Joe Foster, who shared the 2008 KONI Championship with Maxwell, has been on site for every race so far this season. Foster will be missing the Mosport round, however, as he's been drafted to share the driving duties with Patrick Dempsey in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In his stead will be Maxwell, who is not only a Mosport expert, but also has his own shining resume of Mustang competition with scores of victories with the Blue Oval.
"In my opinion, and I know I am not alone in this, Mosport is the most challenging track in North America," said Maxwell, who added to his long list of Mosport wins with a KONI Challenge victory at the track on his way to the championship in 2008 in a Ford Mustang FR500C. "It is not a track where you can just go out and get up to speed immediately and be right on the limit. You have to treat it with respect because it can bite you if not."
The Mosport race weekend marks the second visit to the Ontario facility for the series, which will share the event weekend with the emerging NASCAR Canadian Tire series on the traditional Fathers Day weekend date. The track has seen scores of upgrades and modern elements added through the years, but the courage-requisite track has remained largely unchanged through the years, something that Maxwell appreciates.
"I first did laps on the track on my mini-bike when I was seven or eight, and got to race there for the first time when I was 18, so you can pretty much say I've grown up there," said Maxwell. "Anytime you win there, it is a pretty special thing because you can not just back into a win at Mosport, you have to work really hard at it."
While Foster has been on-site for the Mustang Challenge events through the 09 season, Maxwell has also been doing his own homework to be perfectly prepared to provide as much instruction and feedback as he can.
"I've watched the Mustang Challenge races and I know there are a lot of really good drivers in the series and I'm really looking forward to meeting more of the guys and working with them this weekend," said Maxwell. "I was out at Miller earlier this year and I've driven these cars so I know what the guys will be experiencing behind the wheel. The cars are really forgiving, and that's very important at a place like Mosport."
The race weekend, which marks round seven of the ten-race championship, will get underway with practice on Friday.