Successful Season for Ford Performance Customer Program Comes to an End This Week at Road Atlanta

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Ford Performance’s Ford Mustang GT4 customer teams will cap off a successful IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season at Road Atlanta this Friday.
Ford customer teams KohR Motorsports, VOLT Lighting, AWA and Multimatic Motorsports have shared five wins and ten podiums amongst them heading into the final race of the year. Ford and the Ford Mustang brand lead the manufacturers’ win list in the GS category for the third year in a row, thanks to the Ford Mustang GT4 (2017-8) and Ford Shelby GT350R-C (2016).
“Congratulations to all of our customer teams on a very successful season!” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. “Of course, it’s not over yet, and we hope to see a few on the podium at Road Atlanta.”
KohR earned three wins (Sebring/Mid-Ohio/Canadian Tire Motorsport Park-CTMP) and a third-place finish (Watkins Glen) to pace the customer teams. Multimatic made the top of the podium at Watkins Glen, finished second at Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca, and third at Daytona. VOLT earned its first Ford Mustang GT4 win at Road America and AWA finished second at their hometown race, CTMP. In all, Ford Mustang GT4s have won more than half of the races on the schedule.
The 10-race Continental Tire series concludes this weekend with the two-hour Fox Factory 120.
“We’ve seen a lot of growth in interest with the Ford Mustang GT4 this year,” Rushbrook said. “We at Ford Performance had a lot of faith in this car, but it’s gratifying to see that echoed by customers and reflected in results on the track. Our customer program is bigger than its ever been.”
Ford Performance also used the Ford Mustang GT4 program this year to give its young development drivers from NASCAR a chance to drive with, and learn from, IMSA veteran Scott Maxwell – a definitive leg up on competition when it comes to road courses. Chase Briscoe, Ty Majeski, Cole Custer and Austin Cindric all spent time cross-training this year. Briscoe’s work recently paid off with a win at the NASCAR Xfinity Series race on the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Roval” road course.
“With our global racing involvement, we had this unique opportunity to cross-train our young drivers who have less experience, on tracks they don’t usually compete on,” Rushbrook said. “This was new for us this year, but we’ve been able to see massive growth for these drivers.”
The Grand Sport (GS) manufacturers’ title will also be determined at Road Atlanta. Ford holds a 10-point lead and can secure a win by finishing within the top six manufacturers, even if Ford’s nearest rival wins. Ford last won the title in 2016.