TEAM RELEASE: Fall-Line Motorsports Scores Second Victory in 2014 During Race 3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
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Monterey, Calif. (May 4, 2014) – Trent Hindman started on pole for yesterday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda in his BMW M3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After he and co-driver John Edwards finished runner-up in the first and second rounds of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) season, they brought home the “W” in dominant fashion to capture Hindman’s first victory in CTSC and Edwards’ sixth. Teammates Ashley Freiberg and Shelby Blackstock also had a strong showing and finished in the top-10 scoring a 7th place finish.
Hindman scored his third career pole position in qualifications and the 18-year old from New Jersey looked like a veteran in the opening stint of the race. He lost the lead in the early stages but was patient and waited for an opportunity to overtake Eric Curran in the #01 Camaro on lap 27 and bring in the #46 car for a driver change from the lead. Edwards got in and held off the #01 Camaro for three restarts and drove an impressive race to finally capture the pairs’ first victory together. They extend their points lead heading into Round 4 at Lime Rock.
#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW drivers: P1 Best time: 1:36:479.
John Edwards: “Well this was hard, all those re-starts made it hard. We made a big effort in practice to make the car good over a long stint. We knew that’s where we had the advantage over the Camaros in the race. But all those cautions kept giving them the advantage back because during all those cautions our tires would cool down no matter what you do during the caution. It was tough for us to weather all those re-starts but we made it happen and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
The #48 driven by Ashley Freiberg started 8th today and the talented 22-year-old from Homer Glen, Illinois drove a phenomenal first stint. The race was plagued by numerous cautions but the few green flag laps that were available Ashley made the most of. She pit on lap 34 from P3 and co-driver Shelby Blackstock got in. He also took advantage of the multiple re-starts but ultimately the hard driving used up the tires and the handling of the #48 suffered. He crossed the finish in P7, which is a solid points day for the duo.
#48 Starstruck/ TRUECar/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW drivers: P7 Best time: 1:36:877
Shelby Blackstock: “Today was a very close and tough race. All the cars were super competitive and some of the lighter cars had very good tire wear. In the end, it was a good performance by the team even though we ended up 7th. I can’t thank the Fall-Line team enough for all they have done for the #48 BMW M3.”
Ashley Freiberg: “I was still pleased with where we ended up qualifying in 8th. Luckily in the race I was able to stay out of trouble and made a few adjustments to my driving to get us up to third. Shelby (Blackstock) did a great job also as I know the tires seemed to fall out from underneath him toward the end of his stint, which is tough to handle at a track like Laguna. Glad we were able to bring us to 4th in the points!”
Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: “Another very strong team result for Fall-line Motorsports and BMW. I am so proud of everybody on this team for all the continued hard work and dedication. We have been consistently fast in 2014, as both drivers and engineers have worked tirelessly to develop our BMWs. After three very different tracks we now approach the hectic portion of the season staring in 3 weeks at the BMW supported event at Lime Rock Park. All four of our drivers deserve these results as they work tirelessly on improving themselves, their cars and the team, I cannot be more impressed by the dedication and drive they show week in and week out.”
Next up is Round 4 at Lime Rock Park on May 23-24. Tune in on May 11 on FOX Sports 1 to see a re-broadcast of the race at 10a ET.
Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com
Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp.:
With a reputation spanning over 50 years, Atlas-Acon provides full-service electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, as well ongoing service and maintenance in the commercial and industrial markets in the greater New York area. Atlas-Acon works with some of the largest general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers utilizing its vast expertise to manage project-specific schedules in a cost effective manner. The construction needs of its corporate clients are diverse and unique and Atlas-Acon prides itself on creating and developing innovative solutions.
Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc. is a commercial exterior and interior renovation contractor serving the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cirocco & Ozzimo is recognized as us one of the top concrete firms in the New York City metro area and specializes in masonry, plaster and fireproofing to Building Owners, General Contractors and Consultants for building renovations and new construction.www.ciroccoandozzimo.com
JRZ Suspension Engineering was founded in 1995 by Jan Zuijdijk and specializes in building racing dampers. With experience from Formula One to OE supply, JRZ Suspension Engineering is a leading damper manufacturer. Products range from engineered motorsport solutions to ready to install street performance kits. With wins at The 24 hours of Daytona, LeMans, Sebring, and more along with major championships around the globe, JRZ has a proven track record. For 2014 JRZ Suspension Engineering has entered into a technical partnership with Fall Line motorsports, providing engineering support for the 2014 championship run.www.jrzsuspension.com