Bodymotion Racing Leads at Mid-Ohio in GS While Team's ST Car Finishes Fourth

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bodymotion Racing made its presence known on Saturday as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series staged a race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first time in five years. The Ocean Township, N.J.-based team's Grand Sport (GS) car was in the top five for most of the first half of the race and even led six laps before finishing 14th. The team's Street Tuner (ST) entry ran as high as second before taking the checkered flag in fourth position after two hours of competition on the very technical, 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course.

Unofficially Bodymotion's ST drivers, Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J., are now fourth in their class's point standings with their No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds.

Rabe qualified fourth with a time of 1:35.287, moved into third place almost immediately, and then dropped back to fifth on lap 10. He was back in third when the class leader, Nick Galante, pitted for fuel under an early full-course caution. He passed Mike LaMarra for second on lap 25, 41 minutes into the race, and stayed in the runner-up spot for the rest of his stint before turning the Porsche over to Faulkner on lap 38. The stop dropped the entry to fourth and Faulkner then slipped to fifth, but he regained fourth on lap 54 when the second-place Mini pulled off into the infield with mechanical difficulties. Faulkner, a series rookie who had never driven at this track before, set the car's fastest lap of the race four laps later with a time of 1:36.166. Although he could advance no further in the standings, he and Rabe accomplished their primary goal of bringing their car home without being involved in an accident, especially with three races coming up in late June through July.

Stevan McAleer of Monticello, N.Y. qualified tenth in the team's GS entry, the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsport, with a time of 1:28.689. He set the car's fastest race lap on lap five with a 1:29.186, and spent most of his stint in fifth place. He led for six laps from laps 39 through lap 44 before turning the car over to his co-driver, rookie Joe Robillard of Short Hills, N.J., who like Faulkner had never even attended a race at Mid-Ohio prior to this weekend. Robillard achieved his goal of running a clean stint too, and brought the car home in one piece in 14th place.

The race will be telecast on FOX Sports 1 on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports 1 on Saturday, May 12 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Eastern time. The series' next event is at Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 28-July 1. More information is available on IMSA.com.

Post-race quotes follow:

Michael Bavaro, team owner:

"Two of our drivers, one GS and one ST, had never even see the place before. Then we had two days of wet, rainy conditions that didn't help, so with minimal track time, we knew we would have a struggle. Both cars performed well. I think everybody did a good job. They stayed out of trouble. That was the plan. We had a plan that we were going to get through this so that we were ready the next time we came here. They did exceptionally well and we're still in the hunt for the championship with the ST class. We would really like to have that at the end of the season.

"Jason did a great job in the first stint. Max came into a world of terror with the traffic, but as a new driver and having never seen the place before, I think he performed well. He set our fastest lap of 1:36, almost flat, so I'm very proud of him. The car is together in one piece and they managed traffic well.

"In GS, what can I say? Steven McAleer drives to the front and did a great job. We led a bunch of laps and we knew the car could do it despite an OK qualifying, but I think that's the best we were going to get based on the current state of BOP [balance of performance]. We were happy with that and were actually the fastest Porsche for qualifying. The crew did a spectacular job with a 27-second pit stop on the ST car for the driver change, four tires and a full load of fuel. That is phenomenal, and the boys did a great stop on the GS car too with the fuel limiter factor that IMSA puts on us.

"Joe Robillard had a goal. He'd never been here before; never seen the place. He ran clean and brought the car back in one piece so we appreciate what he's done and what he means to the team. He's done a great job and we brought it home and did exactly what we said we wanted to do. The car is perfect, and we'll go on from here."

Stevan McAleer, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:

"It's been a few years since we've been here.Based on the qualifying results, we were a little concerned. There was quite a big difference in lap times. But as the Porsche came in, which it always does, it's strong in the middle of the stint and strong at the end of the stint. It was certainly hard work out there with a couple of drivers making some mistakes, and I started to pull in the whole group.

"To be honest, Joe did a really good job. We had a strategy that I wasn't convinced was going to work, with me starting. Obviously I had an absolute blast out front. We had a caution that probably hurt us, but we did something with the fuel window to get Joe out at the right time. Overall we finished 14th. I'll be honest that I'm actually quite happy about it, especially when I was P10 in qualifying, so it was a good result. There are a lot of good cars ahead of us in the championship that had a bad race. We're on to the next one at Watkins Glen, and I think we're going to be really strong there."

Joe Robillard, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:

"This isn't the best track for a Porsche, but [Stevan] McAleer did an absolutely amazing job and so did the team getting the Med Compass and Competition Motorsports car up to the front. I had about 15 or 20 laps in practice before the race started so it's a tough track to learn during a race. But we did OK, and it was a lot of fun. It's a magical track; a lot of fun, and I just want to come back."

"It's frustrating not to end up on the podium because we've already had two podiums this season. Honestly, we didn't have much for the Minis. Those things are so fast on the straight line. The way the lapped traffic played out with the GS and TCR cars was the tricky part. Just trying to pick through and manage all the traffic was hard. We kind of got held up a bit with some of the traffic and that put us a little further behind. Towards the end of my stint, I was in second and I reeled in the leader, so that was pretty cool. The strategy just didn't really work out in our favor. We tried switching up with me starting and Max finishing. Max did a helluva a job out there, but this track didn't really suit our car as well as the Minis and BMWs. I still think we're pretty close in the points championship so all in all, we have to hold our heads up high because it was a points day and the car is in one piece without a scratch on it, and we finished. We're thinking big picture, and that's how we've got to think right now."Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

"We struggled in traffic all day with the GS cars all over the place making moves in places they shouldn't have been making moves. A couple of guys got lucky not to end up in the wall. It was a little bit of a tough day for us right out of the box, as we struggled to get going. Once we got up to speed I was running some good times and I was happy with that. I managed to keep the car clean and brought it home."

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