Bodymotion Racing Sets It Sights On More Good Finishes Saturday at CTMP

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

After finishing on the podium Saturday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., Bodymotion Racing did much of its post-race work at that track on Sunday. It will continue with its pre-race work this week in Canada as it prepares for this coming Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (aka CTMP or Mosport).

While the crew is busy working on the cars, one of the first things the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team's four drivers will do when they arrive at CTMP is walk or ride a bicycle around the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. Rookie Joe Robillard of Short Hills, N.J. has never been to this track before, so he'll use the track walk to obtain as much knowledge about the course in as short a time span as possible. Stevan McAleer of Monticello, N.Y., his co-driver of the Bodymotion No. 5 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR sponsored by Med Compass and Competition Motorsport in the Grand Sport (GS) class, will do everything he can to help him.

Jason Rabe, also of Monticello, and Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J., will be comparing notes too as they prepare for the two-hour race. They drive the team's Street Tuner (ST) entry, the No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds. They finished third at Watkins Glen, and they'd like nothing better than to move up two more steps on the podium at CTMP.

There's a test day on Thursday afternoon, and then three official practice sessions: 1:45 p.m. and 5:25 p.m. on Friday and 9:50 a.m. on Saturday. ST qualifying is at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, while the GS field will be set in its qualifying session at 10:35 a.m. An open-grid fan walk is slated for 2:10 p.m. prior to the start of the race at 3:05 p.m.

Live timing and scoring is scheduled for imsa.com, and live video coverage is slated for imsa.tv. The race will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis at FOX Sports 1 on from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15. All times are Eastern.

 

Pre-race questions and answers follow:

Can you remember the first time you were on the grounds of Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport? If so, how old were you and what were you doing?

Stevan McAleer, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR: "I took part in a Skip Barber National race here in 2007 and finished second. I was also second in an MX-5 Cup race here in 2012, so would be nice to go one better this time around."

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "It was in 2015 and I was in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race with Bodymotion Racing in the same Porsche Cayman I'm driving this year."

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman: "The first time I went to CTMP was two years ago when I was 18 as part of the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series. The track was an eye opener for sure, and the track walk showed me that I was in for a weekend of fun around such a challenging track." 

Mike Bavaro, team owner: "That's an easy one...1992, Lower Canada Region PCA drivers education event."

 

When driving two back-to-back races like Watkins Glen and CTMP two weekends in a row, do you get momentum going from one race to the next?

Stevan McAleer: "Yes, this is where the fun starts. Lots of time off is a thing of the past as of last weekend, so this should be fun and we will know quickly who the championship contenders will be in the next few races."

Jason Rabe: "After a podium at Watkins Glen we definitely have momentum going into Mosport, and we certainly have more to prove!"

Joe Robillard, co-driver, No. 5 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 MR: "We have no momentum. We need some!"

Max Faulkner: "Despite the end result at Watkins Glen we came away from the weekend knowing that we had a clear shot at the win at the end of the race. We will carry that momentum forward into this weekend and hopefully be able to put forth another strong showing."

Mike Bavaro: "We worked all day Sunday in near 100-degree temps in the Watkins Glen garages to prep our Porsches for Saturday's event at CTMP." 

 

You're transitioning from a four-hour race this past weekend at The Glen to a two-hour race at CTMP. How do you change your thinking and strategy for the shorter race?

Max Faulkner: "For sure it is a different mindset going from a four-hour race to a two-hour race but leading up to the race our mindset will be much the same. During the race obviously, the pit stop strategy will be quite different and, in a way, simpler, but from the driving point of view we still go out there planning to give 100 percent each and every lap." 

Stevan McAleer: "We take each race as it comes. We need a good pit stop."

Joe Robillard: "I will likely only do one stint, so it's easier to anticipate what is likely to happen. Of course, luck often intervenes."

Jason Rabe: "The strategy is different, but you still give it 110 percent on the track!"

 

How important are track walks before an event? What kinds of things do you look for during these walks?

Stevan McAleer: "I love track walks!! This one in particular, as the line needs to be perfect."

Joe Robillard: "They're very important. It's a great way to see subtleties that are not noticeable at 100 miles per hour. Brake points, turn-ins and apexs can all be reviewed and pinpointed."

Jason Rabe: "Very, very important.  You look for so many things - camber, grip, paint, elevation, reference points, flag stations, and much more!"

Max Faulkner: "Track walks are massively important for a driver. During the track walk we are looking for markers around the track that we can use as references, at the track surface seeing where there will and won't be grip, as well as just simply remembering exactly the track layout."

Mike Bavaro: "I get thirsty during these walks, so I stay in the paddock and hydrate."

 

Since you all live relatively close to the race shop in N.J., can you tell us how the crew has been preparing for so many big races in such a limited time span?

Stevan McAleer: "It's tough for the crew this time for sure, especially not having a chance to get home, but the guys prepared the car over the last few days, so we should be in good shape. Lots of cars got damaged at Watkins so they will be thrashing trying to prepare for the event."

Max Faulkner: "I visited the shop a few weeks ago and was blown away by how much work was going into the cars. The No. 21 car was in the process of being put back together after the team had spent a long time going over every inch of the car, making sure that nothing was left to chance and that every single nut and bolt was exactly how it was supposed to be. Without doing this we run the risk of reliability problems and that is an issue the Bodymotion team won't leave to chance."

Mike Bavaro: "We work hard and get it done because we have a super crew!"

Stevan McAleer: "Watkins was very hot. It was certainly up there with some of the tougher heat conditions I have experienced. Joe did over two hours in the car, which was very, very impressive of him in the middle of the race, so I got it easy." It was particularly hot at Watkins Glen. How do you prepare physically for racing with your training when it's so hot?

Joe Robillard: "Nothing unique, but pre-race hydration is key."

Jason Rabe: "I drive around town with the heat blasting and windows up in my car like one of my favorite race car drivers, Davey Allison, used to do."  

Max Faulkner: "Training leading up to Watkins Glen I tried to spend as much time as possible in the heat. I wanted to be exposed to as much high temperature as I could, so I would train with a sweatshirt on in order to help acclimate my body to training in these conditions. At the end of the day though nothing truly prepares you for the heat that builds up within the car on a day as hot as the one at Watkins Glen." 

Mike Bavaro: "For the crew and drivers we get twenty cases of water and 500 pounds of ice."

 

Canadian fans are noted for being knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Have you had any encounters with a Canadian fan that sort of knocked your socks off?

Jason Rabe: "It is so cool that they are so passionate!  On the fan walk they have us sign some interesting items!"

Max Faulkner: "One very cool experience occurred on my track walk two years ago when a fan called out to my team and asking us to come and sign a large world map over the country we were from. I was shocked to see how many international drivers there were in the paddock and signing my name alongside some of the WeatherTech drivers during my first year of professional racing was a very cool experience."

 

What's the most important thing that you personally will try to improve upon the most at this event?

Steven McAleer: "To be honest we all need a bit of luck. The car has had some issues in the last few races so we hope to have found them, and then add in some luck and we will be close. I always try 100 percent and so does Joe, so it all needs to come together to get a result."

Joe Robillard: "Lap times!!!"

Jason Rabe: "Well I think as a team, to be mistake free with a good setup under us!"

Max Faulkner: "For me continuing to learn how to deal with traffic is the most important thing. In this series every second lost in traffic is a second that you have to make up later in the stint. With it being my first year dealing with having a faster class of cars on track with me, this is something that I am still working on perfecting to lose the least time possible."

Mike Bavaro: "My patience."

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