Winning History at Lime Rock Gives Freedom Autosport Confidence

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Two of the team’s Mazda MX-5s were on the podium there in 2016

LAKEVILLE, Conn.—Freedom Autosport always looks forward to racing at Lime Rock Park, where the team has won the ST class three times in the past four years. When the team returns this weekend for round six of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, Freedom will have their sights set on the podium once again.

Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer won at Lime Rock in 2016 and 2015. Their No. 25 ModSpace/Spartan Cargo Trailers Mazda MX-5 had to retire from the race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) just two weeks ago, so both drivers are looking for some redemption at Lime Rock.

Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer finished third at Lime Rock in 2016. After finishing 12th at CTMP, they are anxious to put their No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 at the front of the pack.

Matt Fassnacht will once again co-drive with Britt Casey, Jr. in the No. 27 TRUMPF Mazda MX-5. The No. 27 was Freedom’s highest finisher at CTMP with sixth, an impressive feat after the crew repaired the car in just a few days following a crash at Watkins Glen. Since TRUMPF’s U.S. headquarters is in Connecticut, the company will be bringing 100 guests to Lime Rock to cheer on the team.

The Lime Rock Park 120 begins at 10:25 a.m. ET on Saturday, July 22, with live coverage on the IMSA app and IMSA.com.

Freedom Autosport Quotes
Andrew Carbonell:
We’re excited to go to Lime Rock, where our No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 has been so strong in recent years. We’re really looking to get back on the podium since we haven’t had a chance to spray champagne this year.

Liam Dwyer:
I love going to Lime Rock, my home track and where I had my first win, but this year it will be difficult. We used to look at Lime Rock and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca as places where wins were almost guaranteed for us, but we can’t look at it that way this year. If Lime Rock is good for us, we can pick up some points.

Britt Casey, Jr.:
Thank you to [team engineer] Jason Hoover and the crew for an outstanding car all weekend at CTMP. I’m really proud of this team—it’s been a hard couple of weeks and to finish where we did says a lot. Matt is very fast at Lime Rock, and he’s really familiar with the track. I have some added confidence knowing we had the speed at Mosport, and it makes me hungrier for a podium.

Matt Fassnacht:
I’m so excited! Everything is aligned: racing at a track I love and have experience on, in a car I have experience in that works well at the track, with a team I love to be with. There’s something special about Lime Rock. It’s so emotionally and mentally different from most other tracks because of its length and layout.

Stevan McAleer:
We won the championship in 2015, and we were going to win it in 2016, but our luck at the end of last year has continued into this year. We’ll keep fighting, but I have a different approach this weekend. Really, our priority is to get back on a winning streak and to go win this one at Lime Rock.

Chad McCumbee:
Lime Rock is always an event we look forward to in our ModSpace car. Mazda has proven to be strong year after year at the venue. Stevan and I hope to make it three wins in a row at this event this coming weekend.

William Mann, Vice President of Business Development for ModSpace:
ModSpace looks forward to the guys returning to Lime Rock this season. Chad and Stevan know this track, have done their homework and are ready to race here this weekend. They won here in 2016 and we look forward to another potential podium finish here.

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/