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Gue to race the new Ford Focus ST-R in 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Multimatic   
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:25

MULTIMATIC MOTORSPORTS TO TAKE FORD INTO ULTRA COMPETITIVE ST CLASS OF THE CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE

 

After almost two decades of competition success in the Grand Sport (GS) class of the Continental Challenge, and its predecessor series, Multimatic Motorsports is returning to its roots with a two car entry in the highly competitive and exciting Street Tuner (ST) class.  This new direction has been born from Ford Racing (FR) adding the new Focus to its competition programs with Multimatic Motorsports. The highly successful Mustang FR500C and Boss302R customer race programs will remain a priority for both Ford Racing and Multimatic with comprehensive at-track support serving the needs of privateer race teams who campaign in GS.  Ford’s factory race effort will be directed at its new global racing platform, the Focus ST-R powered by EcoBoost.  This catalogue racer is built on the recently launched third generation Focus, which is a truly global vehicle powered by Ford’s 2.0L EcoBoost, identical versions being built at manufacturing facilities around the world. Once again, FR chose Canada’s Multimatic Motorsports to develop the new ST-R, the first version of which being specifically configured for Grand-Am Continental ST competition although the base platform, which includes an FIA certified safety cage, can be tailored for a wide range of regional competition, based on local rules.

Multimatic Motorsports will lead Ford’s new factory program with a two car Focus ST-R effort in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) with the team’s regular young gun drivers Gunnar Jeannette and James Gue undertaking both the development and competition driving duties.  The cars entered in the CTSCC will originate at Ford’s Wayne, Michigan assembly plant making them a rarity in an ST class dominated by European and Asian offerings… Multimatic’s  “focus” will be to win the series and defend the honor of the North American auto industry.  The 2012 Continental series will be contested over ten races at some of North America’s finest motorsports venues, including the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Multimatic has been developing the Focus ST-R since early summer with significant up front analytical engineering work being followed by an extensive track testing program.  Hundreds of laps have been run in the interest of optimizing the suspension and powertrain tuning as well as thoroughly proving durability.  The 2012 CTSCC factory race effort is an extension of this comprehensive development program, assuring that customers receive competitive and reliable race cars.  For more information on this exciting new Ford Racing ready-to-race vehicle and ordering ST-R, check out racing.ford.com.

The first of Multimatic’s two factory race cars was successfully run amongst its 2012 competition during the official Daytona Grand-Am test days at the beginning of January, with a follow-up durability program subsequently being completed at Homestead-Miami Speedway.  The Focus ST-R’s powered by EcoBoost competition debut will be at the opening round of the CTSCC on January 27th at Daytona International Speedway.

 

Check out www.multimaticmotorsports.com for more information, and follow the team on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook.




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Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 January 2012 16:27
 
Go-Kart Race Raises $25,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adam Saal   
Tuesday, 22 November 2011 20:58

Benefit Go-Kart Race Raises $25,000 for Seattle Children's Hospital

SEATTLE, Wash. - The Inaugural 6 Hours of Seattle Go-Kart race, held Sunday, November 13 at SyKart, in Tukwila, Washington, was a record-setter on and off the track with more than $25,000 in donations raised from the fun and first-time event that was organized by GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series drivers James Gué and Dane Cameron to benefit The Team Seattle Guild for Seattle Children's Hospital.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 21:00
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Rolex - 6th place Watkins Glen PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dempsey Racing   
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:02

Exciting 6th Place in Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (August 14, 2011) Dempsey Racing’s No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT was leading Saturday evening’s Canadian Tire 200 at The Glen with little over five minutes to go in the timed two-hour sprint race but a late pit stop for a splash of fuel resulted in a sixth-place finish for drivers James Gué and Dane Cameron while their teammates Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster finished 11th in the Dempsey Racing No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps/Trina Solar Mazda RX-8 GT.

Both Dempsey Racing Mazda teams gambled on fuel-stretching strategies that needed more than just the race’s lone caution period to work.  Instead, it was clean-and-green for the final one-hour and forty-five minutes in a race that went into the record books as the fastest in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series history, with an overall winning average speed of 122.308 mph.

“We definitely had the right decisions and the right calls,” Cameron said. “Everything worked out as we had anticipated. At this point, all we want to do is get the car on the podium and get a victory before the year is out, so we need to take some bigger risks. We took a big risk today and we knew we were going to be really tight on fuel, but we just figured that we’d go for it and hope for a yellow.”

Cameron led laps 86 and 87, and joined Gué in driving to the front several times in the fast and flat-out race, but the No. 41 was the last car to lead before pitting under green and giving the top spot to the GT race-winning Porsche.

“I think we did the best with what we had to do today,” Gué said. “Looking back, I wouldn’t have done anything different.  We can certainly leave here knowing that we did our best and the car was good.  We ran near the front for awhile and Dane led a few laps, which is always good.  We’ll try to keep this momentum going and carry it over to Montreal.”

The Glen race kicked off a tight back-to-back stretch of races that sees the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series head to Circuit Gilles Villeneuve next week for the Montreal 200.

The No. 41 team’s second-straight competitive showing – they finished third two races ago at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) – was a morale boost for everybody on the Dempsey Racing team.

“I’m just super happy for the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving Mazda team that almost won the race,” Foster said. “Dane and James drove fantastic, and honestly, it was a great pit strategy.  They almost won, but they had to stop for fuel as well.  Big picture, I think it was a great day for both cars.”

Even the No. 41 team’s late splash-and-go pit stop was executed perfectly, allowing the team to still come out of the race with the sixth-place finish.

“We were on reserve again on the in-lap after the checkered flag,” Cameron said. “That was the perfect timing and amount of fuel to get us to the end, which was just what we needed.  It got us back out ahead of one or two other guys. The pit stops were fantastic.  We did a really good job on timing our fuel fills and making sure that we set ourselves up in a good position.  It was a big team effort the whole day and it very nearly paid off in a big way for us.”

Next up for Dempsey Racing and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series is next weekend’s Montreal 200 on Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race can be seen in same-day coverage on SPEED, Saturday, August 20th, at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 01:05
 
Rolex - 3rd place in New Jersey PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dempsey Racing   
Monday, 25 July 2011 23:10

Rolex - 3rd Place in New Jersey

 

MILLVILLE, N.J. (July 24, 2011) – James Gué and Dane Cameron scored their first top-three podium finish as co-drivers of the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT Sunday in the American Red Cross 250 at New Jersey Motorsports Park where their third-place showing was backed up by a ninth-place finish by Patrick Dempsey, Joe Foster and Charles Espenlaub in the No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps/Trina Solar Mazda RX-8 GT.

The New Jersey raced marked the first time since early June’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen that both Dempsey Racing Mazda RX-8 GTs finished in the top 10.  The No. 41’s podium was also the first victory lane appearance for Team Seattle since the team scored Dempsey Racing’s first and only win last August in the NASCAR short course race at Watkins Glen International.

“We still want to get a victory before the year is over, but getting a podium is a big boost and a big help in that direction,” said Cameron, who drove both the opening and closing stints of the race. “As hard as we have worked, and everything we have kind of been through this year, this is almost – not quite – but almost as good as winning a race.  It was just nice to have a good car, we qualified well, ran consistently toward the front of the field, we were on pace throughout the day, and the guys did a really, really good job in the pits.  I am super excited to be on the podium and hopefully this will be the beginning of a very strong close to the year for the team.”

After starting fourth, Cameron had the No. 41 in the lead when he handed off to Gué who in turn raced to as high as second in his shift in the middle of the race. Along with the No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving Mazda, both drivers seemed to be at their best late in their respective driving stints.

“We really worked hard on trying to make the car good over a long run,” Gué said. “It is a very difficult track, conditions were hot, it’s hard to find grip, so the car gets very greasy and slides around a lot, but the car was still very good.  As I have been saying all year, we are a contending team, we just haven’t been able to put it all together, and I think this is just sort of the first step. We have gained some momentum to finish out the season on a high note and we will see if we can finish the year off with a win.”

Prior to the New Jersey podium showing, fourth-place finishes at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and Lime Rock Park were the best results for Gué and Cameron as first-year co-drivers in the No. 41.

“What’s most pleasing about this weekend is that this is probably the first time all year that I feel we have kind of maximized everything,” Cameron said. “Everything has sort of fallen into place a little bit more for us, we had the strategy we needed to have, we had the relative pace we needed to have, we were good on the long runs. This is the first weekend where I really feel like we have done about the best that we could, which is all you can do.  We had a little bit of a sniff of the guys for second and first, but we just didn’t quite have enough today, but I am very pleased.”

Next up for Dempsey Racing is the Watkins Glen 200, August 12 – 13, on the NASCAR short course at The Glen. The race can be seen live on SPEED at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT.

The New Jersey result should provide some solid momentum for the No. 41 team at the Watkins Glen 200 where the team scored Dempsey Racing’s first and only race win last year. Gué drove in the winning effort and sees no reason why he and Cameron can’t score a repeat victory this year.

“We know we can do it,” Gué said. “The short-course race has always been a favorite of mine.  We can win it again, it’s just a matter of having the perfect race. We made some good progress with the car this weekend, we have a good direction and I am very optimistic for The Glen and all three races remaining this season.”

 
Rolex - 9th place Laguna Seca PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dempsey Racing   
Friday, 15 July 2011 03:11

 

9th Place for #41 car in Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (July 9 2011) – The No. 41 Team Seattle/Global Diving & Salvage Mazda RX-8 GT of James Gué and Dane Cameron returned to on-the-pace form Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the sister No. 40 VISIT FLORIDA/ModSpace/Construct Corps/Trina Solar Mazda RX-8 GT team of Patrick Dempsey and Charles Espenlaub was just happy to return to the track at all for the Continental Tire Festival of Speed Powered by Mazda after a two tough weeks.

Although the No. 41 team had its most competitive car in the last three races, Gué and Cameron ended up finishing ninth after following a different pit stop strategy in the No. 41. Dempsey and Espenlaub, filling in for Dempsey’s regular co-driver Joe Foster, were pleased to just make it to the finish in a No. 40 Mazda that was on loan to the team after their primary car was heavily damaged in an accident two weeks ago at Road America. Dempsey, who drove two different stints in the No. 40, crossed the finish line in 13th.

Both drivers ran competitively in the No. 41, even after opening-driver Gué spun along with several other GT cars when they hit oil spilled on the track when another competitor had a mechanical problem. Gué continued, managed to stay on the lead lap, and turned the car over to Cameron.

“We probably had one of our best cars all year,” said Cameron, who ran as high as fourth. “We made huge progress, I am really pleased and we are heading in the right direction. James got caught out on somebody else’s oil while running good early on. He didn’t lose a lap, but I got in and basically started in last. I pushed and shoved my way through the field and made it all the way back up to the top five, fourth really.”

Despite the fast car and charge to the front, the No. 41’s result didn’t reflect the team’s competitive performance after the pit strategy missed the mark. Cameron was in fourth when he was forced to pit for fuel less than 30 minutes from the finish.

“We had the pace but maybe were slightly conservative on pit strategy,” Cameron said. “We had to pit late for fuel and really got caught out. Some guys gambled and it may have paid off for them but we had a yellow that was a little longer than we anticipated. As disappointing as the result is, though, it is encouraging how the car is now. I will be disappointed if we end the year without winning one of these things, but we have made some progress and hopefully we will finish out the year strong.”

Next up for Dempsey Racing is the American Red Cross 250, July 22 – 24, at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP). The race can be seen live on SPEED at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 24.

 
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