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Sunday, 07 October 2012 14:43

#15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R finishes in 34th place in Indy

After a disappointing race in Indy the #15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R team was looking to rebound for the 9th round of the Continental Tires Series. The 9th round took place September 9th at Laguna Seca. After one of the best qualifying runs of the season, Gue posted the 4th quickest time only 1 tenth of a second off of the pole. The team was optimistic heading into the race, however, on lap 3 of the race the clutch broke, resulting in a 34th place finish.

Gue commented: "Another disappointing race, the only positive is that we were a lot more competitive this weekend and showed well in qualifying. We have some more testing before the last race in Lime Rock, so I'm optimistic that we can end the year on a high note."


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Saturday, 25 August 2012 01:08

#15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R finishes in 28th place in Indy

Looking to build on the 4th place finish in Watkins Glen the #15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R team was optimistic heading into the 8th round of the Continental Tires Series. The 8th round took place July 27th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After struggling in qualifying to 16th place starting spot, the team looked forward to a strong race after making some changes. However, on lap 5 of the race Gue reported that the engine was losing power, and after pitting to address the problem the team lost several laps. After numerous attempts to fix the problem the team decided to retire the car resulting in a 28th place finish.

Gue commented: "This was certainly not the result we were looking for, I feel more for all the crew guys. They have put in so much work, and I really thought this would be a turning point for us.  When you put it all into perspective this really is a development year for the car and part of developing a car is trying to find out what works. We have a bit of time off before Laguna Seca, and I'm sure we'll turn up with a strong car there."


Continental - 4th in Watkins Glen PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:54

#15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R finishes in 4th place in Watkins Glen

After two difficult races in Mid-Ohio and Road America the #15 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R team was looking to rebound for the 7th round of the Continental Tires Series. The 7th round took place June 30th at Watkins Glen International Raceway. After struggling in practice to find the balance of the car, and a disappointing 9th place in qualifying, the team made some positive changes overnight for the morning warm up.  At the start Gue was able to jump straight to 6th place on the opening lap; just shy of the hour mark Gue had made it up to 3rd before handing over to Jeannette. A great pitstop put Gunnar out in 2nd place and he didn't waste any time taking the lead at the restart. In the end Gunnar was able to hold on for a 4th place after a great battle all while trying to save fuel.

Gue commented: "It was a great weekend, the hard work continues to pay off. All the guys had a really tough week, not only did we have back to back races but the guys had to build a completely new car after our teammate's accident last week. The car was really good in the race, probably the best we have had all year. I really feel like we are back on track with the progress, while it was disappointing not to make the podium I'm really happy with how competitive we were this weekend.


Continental - 16th in Road America PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 July 2012 00:47

#15 Multimatic Ford Survives Crash Filled Race at Road America, #16 Car Not So Lucky


ELKHART LAKE, Wisconsin (June 22nd, 2012) - Once again, the Continental Tire Sports Car Championship saw a race dominated by caution flags and wrecked cars, unfortunately including the #16 Multimatic Ford Focus ST-R of Frank Montecalvo and Nick Mancuso. The #15 car of James Gue and Gunnar Jeanette, after qualifying a strong Q4 and leading a portion of the race, narrowly escaped the same incident, but lost a number of positions in the process. They would go on to finish a disappointing P16. Despite good practice sessions and great qualifying efforts from Gue and first time Focus driver, Montecalvo, who was filling-in for the absent Bret Seafuse, the Multimatic team again suffered from the bad luck that has dogged them all season. Road America is a track known for its long straights and high speeds, with a four mile lap and mile long front stretch, but all the space did not help in spreading out the incredibly competitive, 60 car field. At least a dozen incidents led to six caution periods and never allowed the race to stay green for more than half a dozen laps at a time, putting a damper both on the team's strategy and on the drivers' chances to make up positions. Highlights of the weekend were as follows:

  • The Multimatic Ford Focus team once again demonstrated their race engineering expertise during the practice sessions, improving their times in each subsequent session, moving from the middle of the pack into the top five. The #15 car gained a second and a half from the first practice session to the third, moving up from P16 in the first session to P12 in the second and P4 by the third. Despite a slight lack of power in comparison to the top competitors on the extremely long straights, the crew set the car up perfectly and Gue expertly qualified in Q4 at a 2:32.709. Although it was Montecalvo's first time in the Focus, he proved his natural skill and qualified the #16 car in Q13, a mere second slower than Gue; an incredible achievement in the ridiculously competitive 35 car ST class.
  • When the green flag flew it was immediately followed by a yellow as a multi-car incident occurred before the start finish line, a trend that would continue for the duration of the race. Due to the long length of a lap, the typical caution period took a minimum of 15 minutes and made it very difficult for any of the drivers to get a rhythm. Gue and Montecalvo both enjoyed good opening stints, holding top ten positions, despite only getting six and ten laps of green flag racing respectively. The team opted for two different strategies and when the second caution period occurred, only 30 minutes in, the #15 car pitted for a driver change and fuel, fully expecting that they would need to stop again. The #16 team decided to stay out in hopes that there would be more yellow and that they would only need to pit once. Their opportunity came only four laps later with another caution. As the #16 pitted with the majority of the field, Jeanette cycled up to P2 and as the race went green, he took the lead.
  • The #15 car led until the fourth caution period when Jeanette came in for a final splash of fuel to ensure he could make it to the end of the race. The stop dropped him well down the order, but with some green flag racing the team knew most of the cars ahead would still need to pit. Unfortunately, and quite similarly to Mid-Ohio, the cautions kept coming and the #16 proved to have the better strategy, Mancuso would not need to pit again. With 40 minutes to go, both cars were just inside the top 15 when a multi-car, chain reaction crash occurred in the notorious corner 6. Jeanette miraculously managed to stop just before colliding with the back of a crashed car but lost a dozen positions trying to get around the incident. Mancuso was even less lucky, weaving through the chaos only to be collected from the side by one of the scattering cars and consequently thrown off the track and into the wall. Jeanette managed to battle the #15 back up to P16 by the finish but the #16 would have to be towed home in a heap. Mancuso fortunately suffered no injuries except a sore neck. Despite yet another unlucky weekend, the Multimatic Ford Focus team looks forward to chasing down a win at Watkins Glen on June 29-30.

The Road America race will be broadcast on SPEED channel July 8th at 12:00 pm EST.

Continental - 15th in Mid-Ohio PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 17 June 2012 12:26

#15 Car Fights Back After Qualifying Mishap


LEXINGTON, OH (June 9th, 2012) - The #15 Focus, piloted by Gunnar Jeannette and James Gue finished P15 in the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, despite starting from the back of the field, as a result of an unfortunate qualifying accident. The first shift saw Jeanette, starting in P30; he came storming through the field, passing ten cars on the first lap. After a well executed pit-stops by the crew, Gue had limited opportunity to improve his position, due to a number of caution periods and an extremely competitive class. Highlights of the weekend were as follows:

  • Throughout practice sessions the #15 car was running just inside the top ten. In qualifying, Jeannette demonstrated the pace of the Ford Focus ST-R, setting a P4 time in the opening minutes. P2 through P12 were covered by a second. After a red flag halted qualifying for a few minutes, Jeannette returned to the course to better his position, but, unfortunately, hit a patch of oil not flagged by corner workers and was sent across the gravel and into the tire wall. Considering the speed of the collision, damage to the #15 was fortunately not terminal and with great effort from the team, working late into the evening, it was ready to go for the race. Jeannette was forced to start from the back of the field for causing a red flag in qualifying, turning his Q4 into a Q30.
  • The #15 car fell back in the field due to the late, out of sequence, pit-stop, but the team was gambling and expected this. They knew that if the race remained green for the majority, that most of the cars ahead would need to pit again. The green flag racing they had hoped for never came, thanks to four late cautions, which limited passing opportunities and stifled the #15 strategy. Gue brought the #15 across the line in P15. Gue and Jeannette now run 11th in the championship and they look forward to improving at Road America on June 21-22.

The EMCO Gears Classic will be broadcast on SPEED channel June 17th at 12:00 pm EST.

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