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Rolex - Gué tests Stevenson Motorsports Corvette GT car PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Sunday, 30 November 2008 08:59

Alpharetta, GA - (November 27th 2008) This past week James Gué completed a successful two day test with Stevenson Motorsports in their newly rebuild Crawford Corvette GT car. This was the first time that the car had run since the car was involved in a late race accident in the Daytona sprint race in July. The test was a successful shake down of the newly rebuilt car, and it was also an opportunity to evaluate some updates to the car as well as the new Pirelli tire.

Gué was the only driver on hand for the two test. The test went very smoothly and the team was able to run through the full test plan. The team hopes to run the 3 day Daytona test at the beginning of January and well as the first round of the 2009 Rolex Series, the 24 Hours of Daytona.

Gué commented: "I was pleased with the test; we were able to evaluate all the updates and changes that were made to the car since the car had been rebuilt. You always want more time, but I we accomplished what we set out to do. I just hope we'll have the opportunity to run the car in test and the race."

 
Koni Challenge - Gué rejoins JBS as the team expands to two-cars in 09' PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Friday, 28 November 2008 05:24

http://www.grand-am.com/koni/news/index.cfm?cid=20037

JBS Motorsports Grows to Two-Car Effort for 2009

MONTOUR FALLS, N.Y. (Nov. 20, 2008) - Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport (GS) team runner-up JBS Motorsports, based in Montour Falls, N.Y., announced today its plans to run a two-car team in 2009.

The family-owned team will return Bret Seafuse and James Gue in the No. 37 Trumansburg ShurSave Ford Mustang GT, and will field the No. 47 Ford Mustang GT for cousins Nick Igdalsky and Chase Mattioli, both of Long Pond, Pa. The team was a two-car effort in 2007 before making a run at the GS title in 2008 with one car.

Seafuse and Gue earned two second-place finishes, at Barber Motorsports Park and Le Circuit de Trois-Rivieres, and finished only six points behind Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell in the 2008 GS points.

The Mattioli cousins are the grandsons of Pocono Raceway's Dr. Joe & Rose Mattioli. The pair has the momentum of a third-place finish in class and sixth overall in the Nov. 1st SCCA "Charge of the Headlight Brigade", a 13-hour endurance race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), last month.

"When we ran as teammates at VIR, it felt like we had been doing this forever," Igdalsky said. "The chemistry between Chase and me is fantastic, almost like being twins."

Added Mattioli: "Even though he is my ‘much older' cousin, Nick is a kid at heart and he loves to go fast. To have the opportunity to work with him as well as proven veterns drivers, that Bret Seafuse and James Gue are, is like a dream come true. I can't wait to get to Daytona."

Preparations for the 2009 season will get underway with testing at Daytona International Speedway, Jan. 3-5.

 
Q & A with James Gué PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Friday, 28 November 2008 05:04

Following another successful season in Grand-Am I had the opportunity to talk with James Gué and discuss a number of topics including the off season, reflections about the past season, future plans for 2009 among other things.

Looking back at the 2008 season, what do you consider the high and low points?

JG: Well I'll start with the highs: Going into the Koni Challenge season we had the goal of finishing on the podium, which we achieved in the 2nd race of the season in Lime Rock, it was there that I think the team realized that we could win the championship. Lime Rock started a string of 6 top ten finishes in a row as well as two more podiums, 2nd in Barber Motorsport Park and Trois Rivieres. Then heading into the final race in VIR Bret and I were only 1 point out of the lead. The last 30min of the race in VIR was the low point in the year for me. We had to come from behind several times in that race, and just when we had the championship in sight the engine dropped a cylinder with 20 minutes to go, and we ended up 2nd in the championship. Overall I was really happy with the year and the job Bret and the whole team did.

We didn't see you that much in the Rolex Series in 2008, why was that?

JG: No, unfortunately I didn't get to do that many races in the Rolex Series this year. The positive was the 2 races I did compete in went well from my point of view. The first race of the season I did was with Stevenson Motorsports in the Crawford built Corvette in VIR. Although the end result didn't reflect our performance, I was pleased with qualifying 3rd and leading the race for a while. We got caught out on pit strategy and went down a lap and couldn't get it back. Then the only other race I competed in was the sprint race in Daytona. In that race I qualified 5th and ran in the top 2 or 3 for most of my stint, and were running 3rd at the end when my teammate, Jeff Bucknum, got caught up in someone else's accident which ended our race. I would have liked to have done some more races but the accident in Daytona put the car out of commission for a while. You should see me back in something next year even if it is just for a partial schedule.

Since the season has been over for a couple of months, what have you been doing to keep yourself busy?

JG: As you know in racing there isn't really an off season. I've been very busy trying to secure a ride again for next season, that in itself seems like a full time job. I've also been quite busy working at the Porsche Sport Driving School at the Barber Motorsport Park, as well as private coaching. I've also attended both of the Grand-Am tests in Daytona. During most recent Grand-Am test at the beginning of November I had the opportunity to test the Hypersport Mazda GT car, which went very well. Just this past week I completed 2 days of testing with Stevenson Motorsports in the Corvette, which was the first time the car had seen the track since it's accident in Daytona. I've also been spending time with my girlfriend at her house in Daytona Beach.

It seems like every time I see an entry list you are always in a different car, at least in the Rolex Series, why is that?

JG: Well that's not by design, in an ideal world I would like to be able to say that I've been with one make and one team over the last few years, but in reality I always explore every opportunity that's out there. There are so may talented drivers competing for so few seats, you really can't afford to pass up any opportunities. On the other side of things I've probably got the most experience in different Grand-Am cars than anyone else in the series. I've had the chance to drive or race 5 different makes of Daytona Prototypes, (Riley, Crawford, Doran, Multimatic and the Fabcar). In the GT class I've driven/raced the Porsche, Mazda, Pontiac, Corvette, and a Corvette with a stick axle. I think the only car in the Rolex series I haven't driven in the Chase DP car! In addition to that the Rolex series I've raced in the Koni Challenge series in both the Grand Sport and Sport Touring classes over the last 6 years. Even though I would prefer to stick with one make and team, I think the variety of cars I've driven has given me a big advantage in that I can adapt to different cars very quickly. It also helps to understand race craft, racing in all the different classes, it gives you a different perspective and lets you understand the strengths and weaknesses of each car.

Look forward to 2009 where will we see you racing?

JG: I'll be back in the Koni Challenge Series again with JBS Motorsports, this time looking to improve on our championship finishing position of this year!! As far as the Rolex side of things, I have many irons in the fire right now. There is a good chance you will see the Stevenson Crawford Corvette out for the Daytona 24, and possibly more races. It's just a little too early to tell.

Thanks for your time, good luck to you in 2009.

Interview by John Smiley

 
2008 Season Review PDF Print E-mail
Written by James Gué   
Monday, 10 November 2008 07:57

Alpharetta, GA – The racing season for James Gué wrapped up at the beginning of October with the Koni Challenge 6 hour season finale in Virginia International Raceway. After a successful 4th place in the championship in 2007 Gué returned to the JBS team for 2008 and once again teamed up with Bret Seafuse in the #37 Ford Mustang FR500C.

During the 2008 season Gué raced with 2 different teams: JBS Motorsports in a Ford Mustang in Koni Challenge and in the Rolex GT class with Stevenson Motorsports in a Chevy Corvette (2 races)

In 2008 Gué competed in 12 races, 10 in the Koni Challenge Series and 2 in the Grand-Am Rolex GT Series. Gué recorded 8 top 10 finished and 4 top five finishes in 12 races, and a 2nd place in the final points standings in the Koni Challenge Series. At the season end banquet for the Koni Challenge Gué and teammate Seafuse also picked up the award for being the top finishing Koni shod car as well as a check for $10,000.

Gué commented: “I’m pleased with the season, last year in Koni we had an outside shot at the championship and ended up 4th, but this year we were in contention right up until the final lap of the final race, and we ended up just 6 points out of the lead. I'm very pleased with the job Bret and all the guys on the team did over the season. Even though I only competed in 2 Rolex races, I was pleased with my performance, qualifying in the top 3 and in the top 5 in the two races. I just need to thank Jim and Sandy Seafuse as well as John Stevenson for their support and help over the year."

Gué’s plans for next year are still being finalized. There should be an announcement made shortly.

2008-09-10 10:16:32 Grand-Am - Seafuse, Gue Look for KONI Challenge Series GS Point Lead

Check out the article from Grand-Am's website

http://www.grand-am.com/koni/news/index.cfm?cid=18939

 
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