Bodymotion Racing Had Hoped for Better Outcome in CTSCC Race at Unforgiving Lime Rock Park

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Bodymotion Racing Porsche team from Ocean Township, New Jersey did not have the race they had hoped for today at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn.

Stevan McAleer qualified sixth and ran in fourth place for almost a quarter of Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Lime Rock Park in Bodymotion Racing's Grand Sport (GS) entry, the No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsports. Unfortunately, a pit stop right before a full-course caution caused the entry to lose a lap on the short 1.478-mile track, and then his co-driver, Joe Robillard, was involved in an accident with about 29 minutes remaining in the two-hour race. Luckily Robillard and the other driver involved weren't hurt, but the No. 5 ended up 17th in the class's final rundown despite being a contender for a top-five finish earlier.

The other Bodymotion Porsche in the event, the No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds, finished fifth in the Street Tuner (ST) class but it also had a rough trip on the unforgiving, seven-turn road course that is less than 150 miles from the team's N.J. headquarters. Jason Rabe qualified fourth and powered into second on the first lap but was involved in an accident on lap two that caused the Porsche to require a pit stop. The Bodymotion Racing crew jumped into action to get the car back on track but they lost valuable time during the stop and were not able to get back the lost laps over the less than two hour time frame. Rabe and his co-driver, Max Faulkner, soldiered on and are now fourth in the Street Tuner (ST) overall point standings, just 14 points out of the lead.

Rabe, of Monticello, N.Y., and an Audi from the Touring Car class driven by David Depillo tangled in Turn 5, although the incident didn't bring out a full-course caution. After a quick pit stop by the Bodymotion crew for repairs, Rabe returned to the fray in sixth place in class. He set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap six right after the accident, and rose to fifth with about 45 minutes gone when the driver who had been fifth, A.J. Riley, brought out the first of two full-course cautions in the two-hour race. Rabe pitted under that yellow for his co-driver, Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J., to take over. Although the Porsche was able to finish the race, it had lost too many laps to be able to advance any higher than fifth.

McAleer, who like Rabe is based in Monticello, N.Y., had an exciting stint in the No. 5 entry. He lost two places initially to drop to eighth on the first lap, but then he set that car's fastest lap of the race on lap two. He passed Paul Holton for seventh on lap six and Jeff Mosing for sixth on lap 12. He moved into the top five by charging by Patrick Gallagher on lap 18, and then took over fourth on lap 19 about 20 minutes into the race by passing Tyler McQuarrie. He was still in fourth when he pitted for fuel only on lap 47 with about 45 minutes remaining, but the first full-course caution waved for Riley a few seconds later, and the entry went a lap down subsequently and dropped to 14th place. McAleer rebounded to 12th before he pitted again around lap 63 with about 54 minutes left in the race for Robillard, of Short Hills, N.J., to take over. Robillard was in 13th place on lap 86 with about 29:09 remaining when he had contact with Chad McCumbee in Turn 1. Both cars went into a tire wall and were out of the race, but luckily neither driver was hurt.

The next race on the IMSA schedule is the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin on August 3-5. The race will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, July 29 from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. Eastern.

Post-race quotes follow:

Mike Bavaro, team owner: "It's tough being taken out in the second lap of any race by a bad move. Somebody did something careless and took our ST car and put us five laps down. While we were able to repair the car, the car is heavily damaged. I'm looking at it now and I can't believe we finished the race with that car. The guys did a good job getting the car back out so the drivers could get their time and points. I hate to say it, but at least we got points for the day with the ST car.

"The GS car was fun to watch up front in the beginning. Stevan did a real good job bringing the car up to fourth and we had two good stops and got Joe in the car. Apparently Joe was pushed to the inside by another car overtaking inside [Turn] 1 and ran out of room and ended up pretty much off the track in the braking zone of 1, and it took himself and another competitor out. It was unfortunate for both cars. Everyone seems to be OK and uninjured physically. There will be some mental distress going forward, but it's metal cars and we'll fix them. Like I always say, I can fix anything but a broken heart."

Stevan McAleer, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR:"It was a rough day. We had good pace to start. It's tough to see it end like this. I wish it could have turned out better for Joe and the Bodymotion guys." 

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "It wasn't the result we were looking for here at Lime Rock Park for our No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Delaware Funds/Monticello Club/Competition Motorsport/Stable Energies Porsche Cayman. We actually found some time in qualifying yesterday when I went out there. I got down to the 59s, and were only a few tenths off the pole so we were really stoked about that and had a great strategy going into the race.

"I had a mega start. As soon as the green dropped, I picked off at least three guys. I went on the outside in Turn 1 and passed some other class cars and tucked right behind Nick Galante in the BMW, which is exactly what we wanted to do. We wanted to just do laps with him, nose to tail. That literally was the whole game plan, so I feel like I did everything I needed to do, but then a TCR car that was way off pace had zero awareness out there and unfortunately going into the uphill, I'm all the way driver's left and I can't go anymore to the left or else I would be in the grass and he literally turns left for the right uphill turn. So, I'm not sure what was going through his mind there. He took us both out of contention.

"The Bodymotion guys did a great job once I got it to pit lane. They were thrashing, ripping bumpers off and just getting the car back in the race. We were able to get back out there, but the car was definitely a handful. We probably bent and broke some suspension pieces. I guess I still turned out the fastest ST time during my stint, which was pretty awesome since I was just so upset in the car, honestly."

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "I just came off the track after the race and finished off the last hour of the race. The car actually felt very good. We were lucky that we didn't have any race-ending damage after Jason had his early contact with the TCR car. It's a very disappointing weekend for us. Overall, it was a couple of tough days for us, but we win and lose as a team, so we will be back at Road America to get a win."