The team readies for a track that suits the Mazda MX-5s well
AUSTIN, Texas—Circuit of the Americas might be the first IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race in over a month, but the Freedom Autosport drivers have been keeping busy with everything from fatherhood to finals.
Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer will be climbing back behind the wheel of the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5, but two weekends ago, they were busy as the co-owners of ModSpace Racing. The team won both rounds of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup season opener at Barber Motorsports Park.
McCumbee and his wife Stephie welcomed their first child on Tuesday, April 25. Freedom Autosport extends its congratulations to them and their son Cannon Chad McCumbee.
Andrew Carbonell, who co-drives the No. 26 Freedom Autosport/Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 with Liam Dwyer, was at Barber, as well. Carbonell acts as both a driver coach and driver steward for the MX-5 Cup Series. Dwyer, meanwhile, recently visited Walter Reed Medical Center, which included a chat with the President of the United States.
If Britt Casey, Jr., and Robby Foley look a little bleary-eyed when they arrive at Circuit of the Americas, that is because it is not just race week for the two college students: it is also finals week. Casey has five finals to take, and Foley has three. The two are co-driving the No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5.
The two-hour Continental Tire Series race at Circuit of the Americas gets started at 3:45 p.m. ET on Friday, May 5. Fans can tune in live at IMSA.tv or via the IMSA app.
I think Circuit of the Americas has a little bit of everything to offer, and the versatility of our Mazda MX-5 plays into that. For me personally it was the track where I got my first pole in the series. It’s one of my favorite tracks and I always look forward to going there. The state of Texas has always been successful for me, even in my circle track career, so hopefully that continues.
Circuit of the Americas is a big track, and there’s lots of open space. It has so much technical stuff that it really suits the Mazda MX-5. One lap around there is a busy time! We’ve always been dominant at COTA, and I’d expect to be that way again. We can’t afford another bad race, and Chad and I have to look after the equipment the best we can until those final laps.
William Mann, Vice President of Business Development for ModSpace:
ModSpace is really looking forward to Chad and Stevan competing at COTA this weekend. They are coming off a successful weekend at Barber Motorsports Park as team owners in the MX-5 Cup Series, and I know they are excited to get back in the driver’s seat. COTA is a demanding racetrack, but Chad and Stevan have what it takes to bring home a victory.
First and foremost, Circuit of the Americas is an exciting track to go to. It’s the Formula One track for North America, and the track was developed to those standards, so it’s exciting for anyone to race on. That also makes it a good track for the Mazda MX-5 because it has a lot of different types of corners and heavy brake zones.
Circuit of the Americas is a really good track for the Mazdas because you’ve got two heavy braking zones after fast straights, a lot of slow corners with multiple transitions, and quick acceleration zones where the Mazda does well since it’s lightweight. I think it’s cool we go to the one and only F1 track in the U.S., a place where guys like Lewis Hamilton and Valentino Rossi have raced.
Britt Casey, Jr.:
Circuit of the Americas is very technical. That being said, it’s all about slowing your mind down. I’ve found it beneficial to be more calculated there, and that’s a track where you’re not going after it every lap. That track rewards smooth hands and deliberate inputs. It’s a unique place.
It’s cool to be able to race on an F1 track and share the same garages and pit lane as them. I like Circuit of the Americas. It’s very technical and you get everything: fast and flowing, and slower, tighter corners. Overall the track has good flow and there’s enough elevation change to keep it interesting. Our Mazda MX-5 will be good in the twisty bits.
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/