Posted (06/08/2014) -
Kansas City, Kansas (June 8, 2014) -- Randy and his Freedom Autosport No. 26 Mazda MX-5 team arrived at Kansas Speedway for Round 5 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championships, still stinging from their Lime Rock crash but determined to make the best of this new opportunity. Randy qualified the Mazda in eleventh and was making progress towards the front until the car began to have mechanical problems. After the mandatory driver change, co-driver Andrew Carbonell was able to race on and finished in a respectable sixteenth position.
"We actually were running pretty well and I was enjoying the race when we had a transmission problem. I qualified eleventh and was happy with that effort on this track. Kansas Speedway is not ideal for the MX-5 because it has a long straight that takes us to top speed, but it also has good braking turns and tight hairpins where the Mazdas excel. The combination made for back and forth action. We would pass in a corner and get re-passed on the straightaway. Its too bad its not televised because it was a good show. Early in the race, I had worked up to sixth which was better than expected and a good start to the contest. Then about 45 minutes in, I suddenly lost second gear with no warning and third gear was difficult to select. I decided to stop trying to use third and ran only fourth and fifth. I pitted and handed driving over to Andrew and, to my great surprise, he was able to find third gear with some difficulties and turned some amazingly good lap times for the rest of the race. We finished on the lead lap in sixteenth out of thirty cars, with Andrew picking up several positions near the end. When I got out of the car, I thought our race was going to be over, so this was a really encouraging result. Also in our favor for the championships was that most of the teams ahead of us in points had problems and finished near or behind us."
"I had a lot of fun at the beginning of the race, working the draft and passing in the hairpin and jumping over their draft. It was good racing. Our season teammates, Mat and Mark Pombo had a good run to eleventh place in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5. I also met a young fellow and his father, Britt Casey Jr and Sr, who is going to drive several races with Freedom Autosport later on in the year, including at Road America. We look forward to having them join us. I want to thank my personal sponsors Blackbox Guard, SafeRacer.com, Motor Trend Magazine and TPC Racing for their continuing support."
The next IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will be at Watkins Glen International on June28, 2014.
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