Season Finale Doesn’t Mean Slowing Down for Freedom Autosport MX-5s

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Whether it’s another podium or a first win, the drivers are ready for season finale success.

BRASELTON, Ga.—Don’t expect the Freedom Autosport drivers to hold anything back during Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta. They all have their sights set on a podium finish for the Mazda MX-5s.

“We’re going to try to win the race,” said Chad McCumbee, who co-drives the No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5 with Stevan McAleer. “We had a car last year that could win it, but we had so many obstacles. Hopefully we’ll be able to change that a bit and end the season on a high note with a win.”

“It’s disappointing knowing we’re not in it for a championship position—that’s why I drive. But we’ll give it our all in the last race of the season, and hopefully there will be a podium at the end of it,” said McAleer.

“This has been an exciting season,” stated William Mann, Vice President of Motorsports for ModSpace. “Although we aren’t contenders for the championship this year, the No. 25 team has run well this season and posted numerous podium finishes. Chad and Stevan have been competitive at Road Atlanta and have the potential to win this season finale.”

Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer were on the podium just two weeks ago, finishing second at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5. It has left them wanting to taste champagne one more time this season.

“For the first time in two years, we’re going in with nothing to lose,” said Carbonell. “We’re also coming in with momentum and positive attitudes after finishing on the podium at Mazda Raceway. The intention is to land on the podium one more time before the season is over.”

Regardless of the results at Road Atlanta, Dwyer has a lot of praise for the Freedom Autosport crew, saying, “We’ve had fast cars at every track, we’ve been competitive, and we’ve taken wins, even at places where we weren’t expected to, like Road America. Until late in the season, we were in the running for the championship. It shows the dedication our crew has and the amount of tireless work they put into the cars all year long. We can’t thank them enough for that.”

Britt Casey, Jr., is teaming up with Tom Long again in the No. 27 TRUMPF, Inc. Mazda MX-5, and he would like to get his first series win for the TRUMPF and Cushman & Wakefield supporters who will be at the track.

“We’re still looking for that elusive win!” Casey said. “We’re pretty competitive guys. We always want to get up front. Tom and I have a similar driving style and a similar approach to racing, so every time we get together, something clicks. We tend to get good finishes.”

“Beyond getting some great results together, including second at Road America, we’ve had a lot of fun together in the races we’ve done,” said Long. “I’m looking forward to capping off the season with the team and trying to get that first victory for Britt and the TRUMPF Mazda.”

The season finale begins at 1:50 p.m. ET on Friday, October 6. It will be broadcast live via IMSA.com and the IMSA app.

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.

ABOUT TRUMPF
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.

ABOUT MODSPACE
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is the largest U.S.-owned provider of office trailersportable 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/