Bodymotion Racing's Faulkner and Rabe Want to Stand on Top Step of Podium This Time

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bodymotion Racing drivers Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J. and Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y. won the Street Tuner class at the most recent IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race without leading a single lap. Although they and the rest of the Ocean Township, N.J.-based team were glad to learn they won after the car that crossed the finish line first was penalized after the race for a technical infraction, Faulkner and Rabe never got to stand on the top step of the podium. They'd like to remedy that this Saturday after a similar two-hour race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, Calif., and they feel their No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsports and Delaware Funds will be well suited to the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.

Their victory came after five podium finishes in eight races, but it was the first one in this series for both drivers.

"It's my first professional win ever, so I was extremely excited to be able to achieve that with Jason and the Bodymotion crew," Faulkner said. "Not being able to stand on the top step is what it is, but finding out later in the night was amazing! I didn't do anything crazy to celebrate; I just enjoyed spending time with Jason and our crew."

"It definitely was not the way we wanted to win one, but at the end of the day a win is a win," Rabe said. "It's kind of bittersweet since we weren't able to properly celebrate on the podium with the team, family and friends. It just makes us want to win another one even more on track!"

Live video coverage and live timing and scoring of the race will be offered on imsa.tv and imsa.com. The race will air on FOX Sports 1 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. EDT on Sunday, Sept. 16.Two practice sessions are on Friday's schedule at 9:35 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. local time, while a third is slated for 9:50 a.m. on Saturday. Bodymotion's qualifying session follows at 10:15 a.m., and then everyone will focus on the race itself. An open-grid fan walk is slated for 2:05 p.m. The race, which is the next-to-the-last one on the 2018 schedule, will get the green flag at 3:15 p.m. Those times are local.

More pre-race quotes follow:

How excited are you to race at one of the most iconic North American road courses, Laguna Seca?

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:"Super excited! I love Laguna Seca! It was one of the first tracks I ever put laps in at, and it continues to rank in my all-time favorite tracks!"

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:"The history, scenery, and layout of the track are amazing. It's a bucket-list track for most people. IMSA has the best schedule in North American road racing!"

How many times have you raced at Laguna Seca before, and what were you racing?

Max Falkner: "I've been there three times before. I actually completed my Skip Barber race school there, and since then I have raced there twice with the Global Mazda MX-5 Cup series. It will be a very different track in this car, but I am looking forward to the challenge."

Jason Rabe: "I raced there twice in a Bodymotion Porsche Cayman in the IMSA CTSCC ST class."

What do you think your Porsche's strengths will be here? In what ways do you think your Porsche can be better here than the BMW and the MINIs? 

Max Faulkner: "The Porsche has been strong on the brakes all year, and there are a couple of key braking moments here so we will look to capitalize on that. I think with all of the medium-speed corners here we will be able to stay with the MINIs and BMW, and in the lower-speed stuff hopefully have a slight advantage."

Jason Rabe: "Entries and braking have been our strengths lately. It's going to be interesting to see how our tire degradation will be.  I hope we can match the turbo cars up the hills!"

If you had to pick the top three keys to doing well in this race, what would you choose?

Max Faulkner: "My first goal is and always will be being as consistent as I possibly can be during the race. Goal number two is to get a setup on the car that makes both Jason and myself comfortable, which is something that can make or break a race. The final goal is to have a flawless pit stop, as this is free time from my point of view."

Jason Rabe: "Tire management, strategy, and better BoP [balance of performance]."

Laguna is in a beautiful area of the country. Will you do anything in the area before or after the races? If so, what?

Max Faulkner: "I have no immediate plans for before the race, but after the race I plan on traveling to San Francisco and spend a night there, as it is a city I've heard many great things about but have never actually visited. Monterey is one of my favorite towns in the country, and I have many fond memories of it in the past."

Jason Rabe: "Maybe some of the usual - walking downtown and on Cannery Row, watch the sea lions on the rocks by the beach, team dinners at Baja Cantina, and cruising the mountain roads in a rental car, of course!"

As we approach the end of the season, how do you feel the year has gone for Bodymotion Racing?

Mike Bavaro, team owner:"Up and down, but slightly more down than up."

What do you think the Porsche's strengths will be here? In what ways do you think your Porsche can be better here than the BMW and the MINIs?

Mike Bavaro: "We have four years of experience with this car on this same slippery track. We have more time under our belt, and if we don't get taken out by a back-marker GS car we will have good results."

How do you like the Laguna Seca circuit, and what are the three most important things to get right at this race?

Mike Bavaro: "This track surface is so smooth and so polished it's like racing in the rain; there is very little grip. Then when the wind blows the sand onto the surface it's like racing on marbles, so handling is number one. Number two is for Max and Jason to be aggressive but patient; no dive bombing, especially here in Laguna, as there is no room for recovery. And finally we need pit stops to be the same under 30-second ones that we have had at almost every race this year."

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