A 1-2 finish at Lime Rock for the Mazda MX-5s is momentum for Wisconsin
ELKHART LAKE, Wis.—A year ago, Freedom Autosport took two ST podium spots at Lime Rock Park, then followed it up with three top tens at Road America. This year, the team scored two podiums again—first and second—at Lime Rock, and now they are looking for another solid Road America weekend.
The Lime Rock win was the first of the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season for Stevan McAleer and Chad McCumbee in the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5, but they dominated the race in style. They finished fourth at Road America in 2016, proving they have the right pace for that track, too.
Britt Casey, Jr. calls Road America home, and he’ll have a cheering crew of friends, family and sponsors on hand. He’ll also have a returning co-driver in Tom Long. The last time they teamed up was in 2015, which included a second at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5 has been exceptionally quick thanks to the hard work of the Freedom Autosport crew, and it finished second at Lime Rock.
Liam Dwyer and Andrew Carbonell had a disappointing retirement at Lime Rock, but they co-drove the No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 to fifth at Road America last season, giving them good reason to be optimistic about this weekend.
Follow Freedom Autosport when the two-hour race starts at 5:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, August 5. It will be broadcast live via IMSA.com and the IMSA app.
Freedom Autosport Quotes
If we can get hooked up with someone and draft, that will be key. The MX-5s tend to race well at Road America because they’re really good on brakes and corner speed, and I think Road America is a top-ten track.
Road America is always a nice place to go, not just the track but also the surrounding area. A Mazda MX-5 might be at a disadvantage on horsepower there, but the car’s handling really comes into play on that circuit. It’s always fun to go to Road America, but we’ll have to work hard to come out with a top result.
Britt Casey, Jr.:
Road America is my home track and I’ve been going there forever—I’ve been there four times this summer for other events. It will be interesting to see the dynamic of the race because up to turn five it’s not our track, but turn five through the kink is MX-5 territory. It takes a lot of precise calculations for a driver to nail a lap at Road America, but I enjoy it. With the momentum from Lime Rock, we’re going into Road America with more confidence than any other year.
It sure is exciting to have the opportunity to be back with Freedom Autosport in the MX-5. The team is near and dear to my heart and when I teamed up with Britt in 2015, we were on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I’m sure hoping we can deliver another podium effort this weekend at Road America, especially since Britt is coming off a podium at Lime Rock.
Road America is usually a challenge for us and our platform. If we can get some long runs this weekend, we may be able to outlast some of the competition because of how good our Mazda is on tire wear. Hopefully we can use the momentum from last week to get another good result for ModSpace.
Road America is always a tough track for the Mazda MX-5, but we have shown strong results in the past with a P4 there last year, which was hard-earned. Knowing this is achievable again and coming off a long-overdue win at Lime Rock, hopefully our run of bad luck this season has changed, and we look forward to clawing our way back in the championship. We moved up a few spots with the win, so let’s keep that momentum going!
ABOUT FREEDOM AUTOSPORT
Since 2008, Freedom Autosport has been a major force in the ST class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, proving the might of the Mazda MX-5s. Between their inaugural season in 2008 and 2016, Freedom Autosport earned 15 wins. Freedom Autosport is named in honor of the men and women of the U.S. military who defend our freedom, and the team is a proud supporter of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Keep up with the team on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT MAZDA MOTORSPORTS
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.
ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only three veteran charities to receive an “A+” rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information visit www.semperfifund.org.
TRUMPF Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group. Dedicated to serving the manufacturing needs of the American, Canadian and Mexican markets, TRUMPF is currently the largest manufacturer of fabricating equipment and industrial lasers in North America. We offer our customers innovative, high-quality products and solutions in the areas of sheet metal processing, laser-based production processes and electronic applications. Find TRUMPF online at www.us.trumpf.com and on Twitter as @TRUMPFInc.
ABOUT CUSHMAN & WAKEFIELD
Cushman & Wakefield is a leading global real estate services firm that helps clients transform the way people work, shop, and live. The firm’s 43,000 employees in more than 60 countries provide deep local and global insights that create significant value for occupiers and investors around the world. Find Cushman & Wakefield at cushmanwakefield.com.
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is the largest U.S.-owned provider of office trailers, portable storage units and modular buildings for temporary or permanent space needs. Building on 50 years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets—including commercial, construction, education, government, healthcare, industrial, energy, disaster relief, franchise and special events—through an extensive branch network across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.ModSpace.com or http://Blog.ModSpace.com.
ABOUT SPARTAN CARGO TRAILERS
Spartan Cargo Trailers, LLC is located in Alma, Ga., and is a wholesale manufacturer of cargo and utility trailers. Manufacturing the industry’s very-best-quality trailers, Spartan Cargo Trailers provides the widest range of products in the industry including common utility/work trailer, a race car hauler, concession stands, restroom units with options like observations decks, hydraulic lifts, audio/visual equipment or something new and straight out of the box. Simply put, if you can imagine it, we can build it. Spartan Cargo Trailers offers as a standard: fifteen exterior colors, with single and tandem axles, radial tires, screw-less exteriors and awnings just to name a few. With the finest customization department in the industry, Spartan Cargo Trailers has designers that engineer trailers to suit customer wants and needs. https://www.facebook.com/Spartan-Cargo-Trailers-LLC-1686537238299528/