The team’s Mazda MX-5s have momentum from a solid season opener
SEBRING, Fla.—Freedom Autosport is back in Florida this weekend for round two of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series. The team hopes to repeat the success of Daytona during Friday’s two-hour race at Sebring International Raceway.
The season opened on a high note for Freedom Autosport, with all three Mazda MX-5s finishing inside the top ten in the ST class at Daytona. Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer led the way with sixth in the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5. They were also the highest-finishing Freedom entry at Sebring last year, earning fourth.
Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer will be looking for some redemption at Sebring after a mechanical issue in 2016 resulted in an extended pit stop for their No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5. It was a disappointing setback for two drivers who have traditionally run in the lead pack at the historic circuit. In fact, Carbonell won the ST class there in 2014.
Britt Casey, Jr., is another driver who knows how it feels to run up front at Sebring: he led the 2016 race, which fell on his 18th birthday. Casey will once again be joined by co-driver Robby Foley in the No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5. The two of them had a great debut at Daytona in January, finishing ninth.
Sebring is one of Foley’s favorite tracks, and it is no wonder, since he has a number of wins and poles there in a Mazda MX-5. He and Casey both made their Mazda MX-5 Cup debut at Sebring, as did McCumbee and McAleer.
The No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda will have additional sponsorship for the remainder of the season from Cushman & Wakefield, a leading global real estate services firm. With a presence in more than 60 countries, Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest commercial real estate services. The Mazda also carries the logo for Oscar Mike, the veteran-owned clothing company that supports injured veterans who wish to stay active through adaptive sports. Casey has worked with Oscar Mike for the past several years to bring awareness to their mission.
The Sebring 120 will get the green flag at 3:40 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Fans can tune in at IMSA.tv or watch live on the IMSA app. You can also follow @FreedomAutospt on Twitter for live updates.
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/