Bodymotion Collects Podium Finish In Street Tuner Class at The Glen

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

After four hours of grueling competition on a hot and humid day at Watkins Glen International, Bodymotion Racing raced their way to the podium in the Street Tuner (ST) class Saturday following a four-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race.

Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and rookie Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J. were the representatives of the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team spraying the champagne after they finished third with their No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds.

They were always in contention and even led twice, as Faulkner topped the charts from laps 61 through 64 and again from laps 79 through 81. But the duo had both bad and good luck near the end of the event. Faulkner was just 2 miles per hour over the speed limit when exiting pit road during one of his pit stops, which drew a drive-through penalty that cost the entry valuable time. He desperately needed some help to chase down the leaders and advance at the end, and he got it with less than 2 minutes remaining in the race when the driver who was second in class spun and pulled off course, vaulting the Bodymotion boys back onto the podium. It was their second third-place finish so far this year, and unofficially they leave The Glen fourth in the ST point standings. 

Rabe qualified third and set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap 10, two laps after he passed Colin Mullan for second. He pitted under yellow for Faulkner to take over with about 2:36 remaining, setting up the rollercoaster finish.

The event was a character builder for those involved with the team's entry in the Grand Sport (GS) class, the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsport. It had to start dead last after suffering an electrical malfunction in qualifying in the GS field, but both of its drivers fought hard and the entry had a good pit stop strategy. Stevan McAleer of Monticello, N.Y. set that car's fastest lap of the race on its 89th lap. Unfortunately the car had to go behind the wall due to mechanical issues with about 2:47 remaining, but the team was able to get the car back on track later so McAleer's co-driver, rookie Joe Robillard of Short Hills, N.J., could get valuable lap time on one of the most storied road courses in North America. The No. 5 was 17th in class in the final rundown.

The team won't have long to wait to race again, as the series' next stop is this coming Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada.

Post-race quotes follow:

Mike Bavaro (team owner): "With the GS car, everybody worked real hard on the car. We had an electrical malfunction in qualifying, which caused us to have to start dead last and we made our way through the field. Stevan did a great job. He turned the car over to Joe, who continued to improve our position. Then we had a failure in the engine, which was basically an exhaust failure. It caused a blocked exhaust and we had to replace it, red hot, during the race. We lost a few laps, but they finished the race, did a good job, and completed laps until the finish. We got another third place in the ST car and we're happy with that. It keeps our points hopes alive for the championship in the ST class."

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "A third-place result at Watkins Glen, but honestly we're disappointed. We should be either first or second for sure. We ended up getting a pit-lane speed penalty there at the end for being 2 miles per hour over, which really cost us the race. We were out front at that point and we were looking good. It's very frustrating finishing third. We'll just have to put our heads down and work hard for next weekend at Mosport. The teams and drivers deserve a win here at Bodymotion. We were close today and I guess the racing gods decided not to make it happen today. Also, the BoP [Balance of Performance] needs to be adjusted with the straight-line speed of the BMWs and Minis. They're checking out, about 2 seconds faster, so the series has to do something about that."

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "I hopped in around the 1-hour, 40-minute mark with Jason getting out of the car after doing a great stint. When I got in, I was immediately up to pace; the car felt amazing. I was doing my best to turn the lap times the team was asking for. I struggled a little bit early on in the stint. After the first pit stop I was feeling really, really good; times were coming done. All we needed was a safety car, and we got that. Sadly at the end of my second pit stop I was 2 miles an hour too fast exiting the pits, and had to serve a drive-through [penalty], and that cost us the win today. It is what it is and you live and learn. We'll be back next week."

Stevan McAleer, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR: "It's pretty disappointing. I thought we would have had more pace this weekend. We definitely need some help on the BoP. I feel bad for Joe; this is the best he's ever driven. We'll go to Mosport next week, but unfortunately it's a very similar track to this in terms of other manufacturers and competitors. It's a long season and we'll just keep trying. I think we finished 17th,and it's not good enough, but it is a finish. We'll try and pick it back up at Mosport with a more positive result."

Joe Robillard, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR: "It was a little frustrating day, but that's racing. Overall the team did a great job recovering from some setbacks and rallied to get us back out on track. Without the pressure, it was really nice to drive. I did two long stints and that was the most comfortable I felt in the car. Other than the fact we were down on power, it was a lot of fun to blast around Watkins Glen for a couple of hours. We'll get 'em next week."