Bodymotion Racing Is Going for the Championship In Season Finale Friday at Road Atlanta

Thursday, October 5, 2017

The 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season began with a victory for Bodymotion Racing in the top class, Grand Sport (GS), in January at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. The Ocean Township, N.J.-based team would like nothing better than to end the 10-race season in the same way with a victory in the two-hour season finale this Friday afternoon at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.

After leading the point standings most of the season, Bodymotion's Trent Hindman of Wayside, N.J. and Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada enter the last race of the year second in the GS point standings, trailing by only 16 points, 257 to 241, with their No. 12 Porsche Cayman GT4 sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and Trim Tex.

The team will also have an entry in the Street Tuner (ST) class, the No. 31 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Bodymotion, Veristor, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments. Its drivers, Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C. and Drake Kemper of Thermal, Calif., have a string of top-10 finishes and one top-five so far this year. They'd like to duplicate that top-five finish or post a podium finish for a rousing end to their year.

Practice sessions will be held at 9:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. on Thursday. Race day is crammed with action, as there's a final practice session at 8 a.m. followed by ST qualifying at 8:30 a.m. and GS qualifying at 8:45 a.m. An open-grid fan walk is slated for 12:55 p.m. before the race, which is called the Fox Factory 120, begins at 1:50 p.m.

Live video streaming and live timing and scoring will be available on imsa.com and imsa.tv. The television broadcast will be on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, Oct. 15 from 7 a.m .to 9 a.m. All times are Eastern. 

Pre-race quotes follow:

The championship has come down to this last race. How will you approach it?

Trent Hindman: "This is a must-win situation for us at Road Atlanta, so the sole focus will purely be on our outright speed and scoring maximum possible points. That is all we have in our direct control, so we have to do the best we can with what we have. Bodymotion Racing made some very good improvements to the car while we were at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, so I look forward to seeing our performance at Road Atlanta."

Cameron Cassels: "Our approach for this race is the same for all the races and the championship. We are focused on winning this race. Our race finish ultimately will dictate where we finish in the championship."

Do you think having the season finale at Road Atlanta gives you an advantage or puts you at a disadvantage? Why?

Trent Hindman: "I believe it is quite a big advantage for us because the track seems to suit a Cayman GT4 quite well, and we know how strong we were here last year. The only issue is the car we are directly competing against for the GS championship just so happens to be another Cayman!"

 

 

Cameron Cassels: "It is definitely an advantage! We showed great speed last year for the event with a strong qualifying effort. Unfortunately a track incident during the race dashed our hopes of a strong finish or a win."

What is your favorite part of the Road Atlanta course?

Trent Hindman: "You can't really pick out one area of the track that's better than another. The whole thing strings together so well that it develops this fantastic rhythm after running a few consecutive laps. Not many tracks will give you that feel."

Cameron Cassels: "Road Atlanta is one of my favorite tracks so it's difficult to just pick one section. If I had to pick just one section, I'd say the esses all the way to Turn 6.  The track has a great flow to it, with elevation changes, high-commitment corners and relatively high-speed corners."

Devin Jones: "Road Atlanta is always a great track to end the season. For the most part, it flows very well and it's high speed, which makes for awesome racing no matter what car you're driving. If I had to pick a favorite part of the track it would have to be the esses. It's like a rollercoaster through that section with all the elevation changes. With some new pavement added in certain areas of the track, I'm sure the speeds will be higher and some of the handling characteristics will change from last year."

Drake Kemper: "I love the challenging consistency of Turn 5, and the competitive nature of Turn 1."

Will you come early or stay late to do another activity in the area? If so, what?

Trent Hindman: "I will be in Atlanta on Monday getting some extra preparation for the GS finale as well as the Petit Le Mans! It's all racing all the time over here."

Cameron Cassels: "Traveling from Western Canada usually means I am a bit earlier than the team. I am looking forward to participating in the Motorsports Ministries Petit kart race this year."

Devin Jones: "The track is fairly close to where I live in Mooresville, N.C. I consider Road Atlanta and VIR my home tracks, but I really have the most experience at Road Atlanta. I've spent a lot of time driving and instructing there over the years and I know the area, as well as the track, very well. Our team is planning on doing a charity go-karting event Wednesday evening, which should be fun."

 

 

Drake Kemper: "I will arrive on time for testing, and then show up for the Motorsports Ministries go-kart race. And after the weekend I will be attending the awards banquet where I hope Cameron and Trent win the GS championship."

Is there any area where you think you improved as a driver this year, or was it just a case of gaining additional general racing experience?

Trent Hindman: "Any amount of seat time is good and will help improve your abilities as a driver as long as you make the most of it, so having lots of drive time this year is certainly not a bad thing. I'd say being in contention for the GS championship this year is much different than it was for me back in 2014. I was much younger, less experienced, and was the guy who was constantly anxious about being in a championship position. This year is the exact opposite of 2014. I am playing a much different role at Bodymotion Racing and I find I am much more calm when the pressure is on."

Cameron Cassels: "I think it is really a case of overall experience that has helped me improve this season. Being with the Bodymotion guys and Trent for a second year really helped with my development."

 

 

Devin Jones: "I feel I have improved a lot as a driver over this season. Although the results don't show it, I have seen improvement in different areas of my driving, as I have gotten more tuned in with the car. We have been in a lot of different situations this year, some not ideal, but those different experiences grow your knowledge and make you a more well-rounded driver. This is a tough sport and things don't always go your way during a season. Many things are out of your control, but the one thing I can control is pushing myself to get the most out of the car. I am always working at continuously improving, because there is always room to get better."

Drake Kemper: "Honestly the luck hasn't been on our side, so if anything it's just been trying to remain positive throughout the season."

What do you think was your best event of 2017, and why?

Trent Hindman: "I'd say this last four-hour endurance event at Mazda Raceway was our best event of the year! We didn't quite have the outright speed but we did have a great strategy and very, very strong work on the pit lane that propelled us up the order. From there it was simply all about getting the elbows out and defending/attacking every piece of real estate that was available on the racetrack, and that's exactly what we did. Seeing Cameron lead laps was also very special and shows how far he's come along as a driver."

Cameron Cassels: "Each event felt like a new best event this season as we returned to most of the tracks that were new to me last season. However, Lime Rock was definitely a highlight, as I was the finishing driver."

Devin Jones: "There were a few races where I feel we were strong and in contention. Sebring and Mosport come to mind. We were in podium contention for both events until bad luck put us out. Mosport was a really tough one to get over, since we were leading the race and had a pit penalty that cost us. We had speed in the early and mid-part of the season but we have lost some of that as of late. Hopefully we can find some time at Road Atlanta to make that our best race of 2017."

Drake Kemper: "Statistically Lime Rock was our best finish, but I truly think if it weren't for the mechanical failure we would've won Sebring. However, here's to hoping Road Atlanta is our best!"

Will you add anything to your workout routine over the winter to compensate for not driving as much in the off-season?

Trent Hindman: "The goal is to not have any off-season at all! Things certainly slow down a bit, but testing and organizing a drive for next year is a full-time job I very much enjoy and look forward to."

Cameron Cassels: "I hope to stay fairly active in the off-season with driving. Saying that though, I plan to continue with the physical training and possibly add martial arts to mix it up a bit."

Devin Jones: "Outside of school and my day job, I do a lot of cycling, anywhere from 150 to 200 miles a week. I am pretty addicted to it, and love trying to improve my fitness. Besides that, I try to find anything to drive during the off-season from go-karts to a Spec Miata. I have to do that in order to not go crazy!"

Drake Kemper: "I will actually be driving more than ever! I am launching a racing academy out of The Thermal Club with GT4s, TCRs, MX-5s and more! For more information, see its Web site at ApexSportsCar.com.

What is your most treasured piece of motorsports memorabilia or racing photo?

Trent Hindman: "Aside from helmets and other personal racing gear, I'd say it's the poster made by Porsche Motorsport North America following Bodymotion Racing's first GS win at Sebring last year. It was created to commend us on bringing home the first-ever win for the Porsche Cayman GT4 in global competition, and that was pretty cool."

Devin Jones: "I haven't collected much recently but as a kid I had a ton of diecast cars. They are probably in boxes somewhere at my parents' house."

Drake Kemper: "It is definitely a photo from my old team SickSideways when we became the first team in history to triple podium a MX-5 Cup race. That was at Road Atlanta! I love that track."

What's on your Christmas list?

Devin Jones: "A ride for 2018!"

Drake Kemper: "Better luck for 2018! Ha ha! Just health and happiness for those in need."

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