Posted (10/04/2014) -
Braselton, GA (October 4, 2014) -- Randy didn't have far to travel for this weekend's season finale of the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Championships as Road Atlanta is practically in his backyard. He and his Freedom Autosport No. 26 Mazda MX-5 team, with co-driver Andrew Carbonell, were hoping to finish the season with a good finish...and that they did! Randy qualified the Mazda in 16th position in a session where times were very close. The mid-pack starting position, combined with the tricky track conditions with half the track wet, meant that it would be difficult to move to the front. To make matters even more challenging, Randy discovered that he had no radio communication with his team, and no time to fix it. Ever the professional. Randy went to work and made his way through the ST field until a caution fell almost midway through the race. Knowing it was time, Randy pitted for gas, tires and the mandatory driver's change. Andrew got in and, with the help of smart pit strategy, was able to race up to second position. With a loose hood slowing the car down slightly, Andrew was not able to make the pass for the win, but stayed close behind for an exciting and hard-earned second place!
"I am really happy to finish the season on a high note. It was a big surprise to me because qualifying was very tight and I had to start in 16th. Half a second would have moved me way higher. We started on a slick track and my radio wouldn't work. I believe I damaged it getting in and out while practicing driver changes. I kept checking it every single lap but nothing worked so I just drove. I was stuck behind lots of cars and it is so hard to pass with our Mazda because the other cars are faster on the straightaway. Then awhile later we got a yellow flag. I couldn't strategize with the team but I knew it was the proper time so I just came in with the other ST cars and was relieved to see the team was ready. Freedom Autosport decided to do a quick stop and only put rear tires on because our Mazda tends to oversteer, so new tires on the back can make it faster. Andrew picked up several positions because of the fast stop, and his radio worked. When I came in I was disappointed because I thought I was still way back in the field but I wasn't and we restarted in fifth. There were two more yellows for crashes which didn't help us but Andrew worked his magic and took second which was terrific for our team."
"I had a good run with my 16 year old teammate Britt Casey who was driving the No. 27 Freedom Autosport car. He is showing great potential. It is a shame that my teammates Mark and Mat Pombo weren't able to finish the race after Mark had a crash on a fast corner. They had been running really well. Huge thanks goes to John Doonan, Mazda Motorsports and Derek Whitis and Rhett O'Doski and the entire Freedom Autosport team for the terrific opportunity to race the MX-5 this year with Andrew Carbonell. I also enjoyed having my brother Gary and his son Kamron here to share in our strong finish. Special thanks to my personal sponsors Blackbox Guard, SafeRacer.com, Motor Trend and TPC Racing for their support this season. I look forward to working with them in the future."
It was a double duty weekend for Randy. Before the Continental race, he also did color commentary with Greg Creamer for the Porsche GT3 Cup race. While the pro season is over, Randy will be taking his own racecar to Watkins Glen for the American Endurance Racing series, October 17 - 19. Knowing Randy, there will be more adventures to follow. The Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda will be televised October 12 at 12:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 1. The next IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race will be the 2015 season opener at Daytona International Speedway on January 23, 2015.
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