Bodymotion Racing's Faulkner and Rabe Want to End 2018 Season on the Podium at Road Atlanta

Friday, October 5, 2018

The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season and the 16-year era of the Street Tuner (ST) class will both conclude when the checkered flag drops on the Fox Factory 120 Friday, Oct. 12 at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Bodymotion Racing hopes that when that flag does fall, its No. 21 Porsche Cayman sponsored by Competition Motorsports and Delaware Funds will be at the head of the ST field, and its drivers, Max Faulkner of Rumson, N.J. and Jason Rabe of Monticello, N.Y., will have their second victory and seventh podium finish of the 10-race season that stretched from coast to coast.

Faulkner and Rabe have gained valuable experience this year, and they'll try to put that to good use in the two-hour race on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course. Both consider the track to be one of their favorites. They look forward to saving their tires, staying out of trouble, hydrating to handle the heat of a Georgia afternoon, having a quick pit stop and running consistent lap times in order to get the job done.

The series has three practice sessions on Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8:55 a.m., 1:05 p.m. and 4:35 p.m. Qualifying for the ST and TCR (touring car) classes will follow at 5 p.m., with Grand Sport qualifying 20 minutes later.

The schedule shows a pre-race grid walk at 12:30 p.m. on race day, Friday, Oct. 12 before the green flag drops at 1:25 p.m.

Live video coverage and live timing and scoring of the race, which supports the following day's 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans, will be offered on imsa.tv and imsa.com. The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale will air on FOX Sports 1 from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Oct. 21. All times are Eastern.

Pre-race quotes follow:

What do you like best about Road Atlanta?

Max Faulkner, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:"The esses as you come out of Turn 3 are amazing. I love the flow of the corners and how precise they require you to be. It's a very easy section of track to lose time on, and a place I plan on focusing on at this event."

Jason Rabe, co-driver, No. 21 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:"Everything! It's one of my all-time favorite tracks!"

Tire degradation always seems to be a very important issue at Road Atlanta. Do you feel it will be important in this race, and what can you do to save your tires?

Max Falkner:"Tire degradation has been something we have been working on all season, and is often important to us at the end of the race. The most important thing for us is that we aren't sliding the car around too much, as this will degrade the rear tires at a rapid rate."

Jason Rabe: "We probably have the worst tire degradation of all the cars in the ST class, so managing the tires during each stint will be important. Being smooth and don't push too hard too soon will be key!"

Last year's Conti race at Road Atlanta was very hot; one Bodymotion driver called it "a two-hour sauna." How do you train for the heat, how do you prepare for the heat, and how do you deal with the heat?

Max Faulkner:"Being prepared to run in the heat is all part of the gig. We have had a few very hot races this year. Watkins Glen and VIR stand out in my memory. For me I try to start hydrating multiple days before an event, and really focus on drinking lots of fluids throughout the weekend." 

Jason Rabe: "We've already had a lot of hot races this year, so that definitely helps. But like Bobby and Davey Allison used to do - just drive around in my car with the heat on!"

Since it's the last race of the year, it's natural to reflect on how things have gone. Overall, how would you characterize your season?

Max Faulkner: "It's been a good season for us overall, but right in the middle of the season we had a bit of a down time. Lime Rock and Road America were tough races to swallow, but I was proud of how the whole team bounced back at VIR for us to claim the win there!"

Jason Rabe: "There have been a lot of ups and downs. The second half of the season has been stronger, so we're heading into Atlanta swinging! Overall the most disappointing thing has to be the lack of Balance of Performance in the ST class."

All athletes continually strive to improve their game. In what ways do you think your race craft or your driving improved the most this year?

Max Faulkner: "The thing that I think I've been able to improve the most is my feel of the car and understanding what is happening with it and why. That has helped me with setting up the car as well as managing the car as it falls off towards the end of the race."

Jason Rabe:"In every race you learn so much, so competing in full seasons to gain that experience has helped me a lot. It's all about the seat time. Driving a ST Porsche Cayman isn't that easy, so the car control gets better!"

Max Faulkner: "My crew chief, Doug, and the main mechanic on the car, Morgan, have both been stellar this season. They were on top of the car at every moment of every weekend and I don't think we would have been able to do it this season without them. Geoff Abel and the entire Bodymotion crew have been amazing this season, so big thanks to all of them." Do you have anyone you'd like to thank for his or her efforts this season?

Jason Rabe:"As always, major thank you to Delaware Funds by Macquarie for supporting the dream and the Bodymotion crew for all of their hard work.  Also huge thanks to the entire Monticello Motor Club team, Competition Motorsports, and Stable Energies for the support!"

This marks the end of the Street Tuner class in IMSA. What's next for Bodymotion? Will you run in TCR next year, along with GS? What is the goal for 2019?

Mike Bavaro, team owner:"We like our business model to run one GS and one TCR for 2019. However there has been an overwhelming request for information from many sources about the TCR series for 2019 from drivers and supporters, so who knows? It could be two TCR cars."

What do you plan to do with the Porsche Cayman that you have been running in ST this season? Would you please share your thoughts on the end of the ST era, and maybe a favorite memory or two of competing in this class?

Mike Bavaro: "That car has been tested and proven; it has the best of everything and almost enough spares to build another car. It will make a great club race car. Our favorite memories are those with double podiums. Our GS Porsche won at Watkins Glen in 2015 and our ST car posted a second place in the same race. Now that was a great day!"

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