Bodymotion Racing's ST Porsche Shows Great Pace; Finishes Fourth in CTSCC Race at Road America

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Bodymotion Racing's No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsport and Delaware Funds showed great pace in Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America. It was scored in second place for the first 16 laps of the two-hour race and even led lap 17. Unfortunately another car hit it in the rear on a restart after a caution and the team had to make an unscheduled pit stop to change a Continental tire that was going flat due to the contact. That caused it to end up where it started, which was fourth in the Street Tuner (ST) class, when the checkered dropped on lap 43.

Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. qualified fourth in the Porsche on Saturday morning with a time of 2:33.100 (95.184 miles per hour), but when the green flag dropped he leaped into second place on the first lap by passing two of the three Minis in the ST class. Rabe set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap nine with a time of 2:33.638. He was able to stay very close to the BMW that sat on the pole and won the class, and turned the car over to his co-driver, Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J., in good shape.

Faulkner was poised to battle for the victory but the contact occurred shortly after he took over and he dropped to fifth. Instead of vying for the victory, he had to focus on simply finishing the race instead. Faulkner advanced from fifth to fourth on lap 27 with 38 minutes remaining in the race after Mark Pombo took a curb wrong and damaged his Mini's suspension.

The Ocean Township, N.J.-based team has to count its blessings after this event, as one Grand Sport (GS) car suffered extensive damage when it flipped and caught on fire after being hit by another car while it was out of control. The initial reports are that both drivers luckily escaped major injury in that frightening accident.

The race will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, Aug. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.

The next race is the two-hour Biscuitville Grand Prix for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Aug. 18 at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

Pre-race quotes follow:

Jason Rabe: "I had a really good start again and just tucked in behind Nick [Galante in the winning BMW], and we kind of checked out from the Minis. I feel like I could have passed Nick at any moment, but we were just sitting pretty and exactly where we needed to be. The guys did an amazing pit stop. I think we might have beaten the Bimmer out. All the stars were aligned for a podium, and maybe a victory, and we just got run into the back by the one Mini driver. He came over and apologized. It's really unfortunate; we couldn't buy a break. I'm really gunning for these Bodymotion guys, Delaware Funds, Competition Motorsport and Monticello Motor Club. It's really disappointing, because we were looking really good there for most of the race, and then after the contact Max had to come in because we had a tire going down and that kind of ruined it for us. The bad luck continued when we didn't get a full-course yellow. The racing gods weren't smiling on us today."

Max Faulkner: "It was a super-disappointing day for us at the end. Bodymotion gave us an awesome car to drive today. Big thanks to Competition Motorsport, Monticello Motor Club and Delaware Funds for getting us out here. Sadly, right as I got in the car I was hit from behind. Jason did an awesome opening stint. We were out in third and had a quick car for sure, and were ready to fight for the win. I got hit and that was kind of it. The car was off for the rest of the race."

Mike Bavaro (team owner): "The guys did a great job. We managed to get the car set up to the drivers' liking and they did show good speed. At the beginning of the race Jason was right there and right on the No. 81's back bumper. Unfortunately on the restart a Mini got into the left rear and cut our left-rear tire down. That would usually put you a lap down, but the guys did a fantastic job. The stop went fast, they banged out the sheet metal and put a new tire on it and sent it back out. We managed to stay on the lead lap. Had there been a caution in the second half we would have been right there running with them, but you can't count on cautions and it didn't go our way. We missed that podium by a spot, but the guys did a good job."