The ModSpace and Semper Fi Fund MX-5s had a flawless race
AUSTIN, Texas—Freedom Autosport had a solid race at Circuit of the Americas on Friday, earning two top-five finishes for the Mazda MX-5. Round three of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series featured a combination of skilled driving and quick pit stops to give the team solid results in the ST class.
Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer finished fourth in the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5. McCumbee qualified third and stayed in the top-three throughout his stint in the two-hour race. McAleer battled for third in the final half-hour of the race, crossing the finish line just 0.2-second behind third.
Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer finished fifth in the No. 26 Freedom Autosport/Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5. Dwyer teamed up with teammate Robby Foley during the first hour to charge through the field and into the top-ten. Carbonell continued that effort after getting behind the wheel during a caution that saw three flawless pit stops from the Freedom Autosport crew.
Foley and Britt Casey, Jr. finished 11th in the No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5 after a weekend of challenges. They missed qualifying due to a mechanical issue, so Foley started the race from the back of the ST grid. After teaming up with Dwyer, though, Foley moved into the top ten before handing over to Casey. Contact with another car resulted in an unexpected pit stop, but Casey was able to forge ahead to secure 11th.
Fans can watch the race from Circuit of the Americas again on FS1. It will air Saturday, May 13, at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Freedom Autosport Driver Quotes
We were close to stealing that last spot on the podium, and I gave it everything I had. We’re always fighting for the podium and I told the team on the radio if I got one opportunity I was going to take it. I actually passed for third on the last lap, but the other car had more straight-line speed and beat me to the finish line.
It was a relatively uneventful race for us. We had a solid ModSpace Mazda MX-5 all weekend, and we fell just a tiny bit short of the podium. We’ve got our work cut out for us this year with some of the other cars in the series having found some speed, and our guys are working super hard. I think we have some good racetracks coming up, and hopefully we can start challenging for podiums on a weekly basis.
Two top-fives are a good result, though of course it would have been great to see one of our Mazda MX-5s on the podium. Liam had a great drive to get into the top-10, and we got back on track after our pit stop really quickly. The Freedom Autosport crew worked so hard all weekend, and their competence in the pits helped us get two strong finishes.
I handed our Mazda to Andrew in eighth, and then he went to work and was able to pick up a few more spots. I’ve got to thank Robby. We worked our way up through field together. It’s great having a teammate that will work with you in the race, and it makes it easier to get the straight-line speed. He’s a great teammate, and our strategy paid off for us.
We were struggling with some things, so we didn’t set a time in qualifying. We started last on the grid in 21st, and I wanted to slowly, smartly work my way up. We were still struggling for straight-line power but through the corners we were strong and the car handled really well. We made it up to seventh before we pitted, and it was fun to be able to do that.
Britt Casey, Jr.:
We had a lot that went wrong, but the crew did three awesome pit stops for our team. We picked up two positions in pit lane, so we came out of the pits in fifth. Robby did a great job picking up spots and being really consistent. I made one mistake that cost us by misjudging a corner. We had hoped to be up there with the 25 and 26, but we’re only 30 percent through the season. Now we have to get solid results for the rest of the season.
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/