Two of the team’s Mazda MX-5s finished at the front of the shortened race.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis.—Saturday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America might have been one of the most unusual in series history, but it ended with another win and second-place finish for Freedom Autosport.
For the second consecutive race, Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer won the ST class in the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5. Britt Casey, Jr. and Tom Long finished second in the No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5.
A red flag for lightning brought the field into pit lane at the start of a heavy downpour not long after the halfway point. Neither McCumbee nor Long had pitted yet for a driver change, so when IMSA officials called the race, McAleer and Casey had not gotten the opportunity to drive. Because of the unusual circumstances, though, all drivers received full points for the race.
The two wins have propelled McAleer and McCumbee to fourth in points. Casey’s back-to-back second-place finishes have moved him to fifth in points, and this podium came in front of guests from his sponsors TRUMPF and Cushman & Wakefield.
The No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 had to start from the back of the ST field after a problem just prior to qualifying, but Liam Dwyer made up for it during his stint, moving into the top 10. Co-driver Andrew Carbonell took over shortly before the red flag, and he returned to the pits in a finishing position of 13th.
The Road America 120 will be broadcast on FS1 at 1:30 p.m. ET on Sunday, August 13.
Freedom Autosport Quotes
I felt that, given the conditions, we were in a good spot to contend for a podium with a lot of work. The car was good in every condition during the race. We also had a good strategy that, race stoppage or not, was going to keep us up front. We’ll take this win.
Road America isn’t a strong track for us, though we did get fourth last year and we hoped for something similar this year. This weekend was a weird one: we didn’t get a lot of practice laps because of the weather, and then IMSA made their call to end the race. I was literally standing there with my helmet in hand, ready to go. I’ve never seen a race result end up like this, and no question we were lucky today, so maybe it’s our luck turning around.
I’m excited to be back with Freedom Autosport and to reunite with Britt Casey, Jr. He’s an incredible talent and I think he’ll have a strong future in the sport, even if he didn’t get to drive in this race! We were in the right place at the right time, and it’s exciting for me to be on the podium under such memorable circumstances, and to get to celebrate with all of the TRUMPF guests who joined us.
Britt Casey, Jr.:
When the red flag came out, we were really out of fuel and wouldn’t have made one more pace lap. Stevan and I were sitting in the box, knowing it would be a shootout if it went back to green. I’m super excited, and it was such a relief when they called the race. It was luck, but you have to be there to be lucky, and we were there. It was all on Tom’s shoulders.
Having to start from the back after problems with qualifying was a challenging position to be in. At Road America, the long straights are a disadvantage for our cars, but I was able to give Andrew a car that was in the top 10. With the weather, we had constantly changing conditions, but it was actually a ton of fun.
We’ve had a tough streak of luck that I’m hoping will make a good finish that much sweeter when the time comes. The Freedom Autosport crew did everything they could: we were fast in practice and had a great car for the race, and we were in a good position, but Mother Nature threw us a curveball and the race finished under conditions I’ve never experienced in this series before.
William Mann, Vice President of Business Development and Motorsport for ModSpace:
ModSpace is so excited about the win yesterday at Road America. The race was a bit unique, and when the red flag came out Chad was in the right position. ModSpace is proud of Freedom Autosport on their back-to-back race wins.
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/