Bodymotion Racing Takes Another ST Class Podium at Laguna Seca

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bodymotion Racing took home another Street Tuner (ST) class podium in Saturday's two-hour, 68-lap IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The team topped the ST standings for eight laps and the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team was second for 15 more laps before finishing on the podium in third place. It was the sixth podium finish in nine races for the drivers of the team's No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsports and Delaware Funds, Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. and Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J.

Rabe qualified fourth with a time of 1:43.976 for the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course, but he moved into third on lap three by passing Colin Mullan and second on lap six by passing Mike LaMarra. He took the lead 30 minutes into the race on lap 18 by passing the car at the top of the point standings and won the race, which is a BMW driven at that time by Nick Galante. The battle between Rabe and Galante was epic, as both drivers were aggressive yet clean.

After the stop Faulkner had a little incident and the entry dropped to third, but he regained second for three laps from laps 30 to 33 after Mullan pitted. Faulkner set the Porsche's fastest lap of the race in the process with a 1:41.163 on lap 31. The winning BMW got by him on lap 34 to relegate him back to third, but he brought the car home in that podium-winning position.The race's only full-course caution happened on lap 22. Rabe was still in the ST lead when he pitted under that caution on lap 26 about 48 minutes into the race for fresh tires, fuel and for Faulkner to take over during a well-orchestrated pit stop.

Unofficially Bodymotion Racing is third in the ST point standings heading into the season finale with 269 points. The second-place car has 276 points and the fourth-place car has 263. The season finale, the Fox Factory 120, part of the Motul Petit Le Mans race weekend is Oct. 10-13 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.

Saturday's race will air on FOX Sports 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:Post-race quotes follow:

"It was a great run for Max and me in the No. 21 Bodymotion Racing, Delaware Funds, Competition Motorsport, Monticello Motor Club, Stable Energies Porsche Cayman. We did a little bit of a set up change before the race and it was dynamite. They didn't tell me what it was, but we had a mega stint in the beginning and I was able to hang with the BMW. We were able to pull away from the MINIs. It was fun strategizing the lapped traffic and I felt like I was actually doing that better than the leader. Eventually I capitalized on the leader, passed him clean, and we had a good battle. Honestly, I checked out from him and was running really good, consistent lap times. I want to say we were running some of the quicker times in the ST class during my stint; we were very consistent.

"The guys killed it on the pit stop again. Once Max got into the car he was able to hang in there for a bit and just the way traffic worked out, it messed him up a bit.  But, all in all third place is still another podium and we'll take it. Honestly, I thought a lot of people might have thought it would be a MINI sweep here, because they are really good here. So it felt good to get the Cayman on the podium."

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

"We finished the race in third place, and we're pretty happy with that. The car has been good all weekend and the guys have done a good job. We rolled it off the truck and only made small adjustments all weekend to get it in a really good spot to start the race today.

"Jason did a great job in the first stint. He went from fourth to second, and then from fourth to first, so it was really cool to see that from him.  Then I hopped in the car and behind the safety car made a little mistake, and then came forward to the end. Third place; not a bad day."

Mike Bavaro, team owner:

"Although we're doing strategy and we're keeping an eye on everything like fuel mileage and letting the drivers know [their times, intervals, etc.], there is a point in time you do get to enjoy it a little bit and that was really fun. That should be a really good television airing, if the TV broadcast shows the battle that was going on because that was really what you want to see, the cars together and battling at it and letting the drivers show their stuff. Although we don't have the pace and never have of the BMW, I think they were probably conservative on their tires in the beginning. It was good to see Jason get out front and earn it. Not from a wreck, not from a pit stop, and not from a mistake. They honestly went at each other. Nick is a clean driver; so is Jason. It was fun to watch them.

"The second half was good too. Max had an off out in the back, at Turn 6. That put us behind a few more seconds so it kind of got us out of sequence, but it was an enjoyable race. A podium finish is always good. But when you get that taste of a win that close, it's tough. We have one more race with this chassis and then we can put it in a museum."