Posted (07/25/2014) -
Indianapolis, IN (July 25, 2014) -- Indianapolis Motor Speedway is hallowed ground for race enthusiasts. Randy and his Freedom Autosport No. 26 Mazda MX-5 team were excited to race in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge for Round 8 of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championships, and earn some much needed championship points. Randy qualified well and had a strong start but was hit from behind, causing damage to a hub and forcing them to retire the Mazda.
"Its a darn shame. Everything was going so well. The field in qualifying was very tight with really close times. Our seventh was almost the same as third. We made changes after qualifying and I was very happy with the handling. The start went well and I was planning to stay up front and take care of the car for my co-driver Andrew Carbonell. But then a Honda Civic in front of me had issues and suddenly slowed, causing a knot in traffic. I had been trying to rush into the next corner which was a tight hairpin. The BMW behind me had trouble getting in gear and was distracted and ran into the left rear of my Mazda, breaking the wheel mount. That was the end of the race for us. I tried to drive it but the car was wriggling all over the road because the wheel was falling off. It was too big of a job to fix. The guy apologized and was nice about it. It wasn't a hard hit but hard enough. Just one of those racing things."
"My Freedom Autosport teammates, Mat and Mark Pombo had a good run in the No. 25 Mazda and finished fourth. Mark got the fastest lap of the race. We all need to continue on our main purpose of winning the Manufacturer's Championship for Mazda."
However, Randy's day was not over. After he had arrived at the track, Randy was asked to co-drive the No. 19 Porsche 911 GT America for Muehlner Motorsports with Mark Kvamme, the same team and driver that he raced with at the Rolex 24 Hour. Randy's bad luck continued when the Porsche retired from the race with mechanical problems. Despite retiring early, the team was named the Fastest Driver in the GTD class.
"It was exciting to get a surprise opportunity to rejoin my Rolex 24 Hour team, Muehlner Motorsports. I was thrilled to have the chance to jump back into the Porsche. I did some coaching for the team and gave setup feedback. Mark started the race but had some problems in his stint. The car had to retire early before I got in. Disappointing. I want to thank Mark Kvamme and Bernhard Muehlner for the opportunity. I'm hoping we can run future races together. Thanks also goes to my friend Bill Boye for getting my Muehlner Motorsports driver's suit out to me in time for the race. I want to thank my personal sponsors Blackbox Guard, SafeRacer.com, Motor Trend Magazine and TPC Racing for their continued support. On to Road America which will be challenging."
The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge will be televised Sunday, August 3 at noon ET on FOX Sports 1. The next IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will be at Road America on August 9, 2014.
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