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Buffalo Grove, IL (April 30, 2014) – Fall-Line Motorsports is off to a great start in the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) series with their fleet of BMW M3s. John Edwards and Trent Hindman have a commanding lead in the overall driver standings in the GS classification after scoring a pair of second-place finishes at Daytona and Sebring. Teammates Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg sit 6th in standings after they each captured their first career victory at Daytona but suffered a mechanical issue at Sebring which left them several laps down. Both driver duos are looking for the top step of the podium at Laguna, which has historically been a strong track for the BMWs. All four Fall-Line drivers have been itching to return to their workspace behind the wheel of their beloved race cars after a long break since Race #2.
#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco & Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:
John Edwards: “We’ve started off the year with two second places, so I’m ready to finally stand on the top step! The good news is that our car was competitive and I felt like we could have won both of the first two races. Although Laguna wasn’t the best track for the M3’s last year, I think we’ve addressed some of the car’s issues and should be able to fight up front again this weekend.”
Trent Hindman: “I am so happy the break is finally over as I’ve been dying to drive again! I’m really looking forward to going back to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna (Seca). Last year’s CTSC race was definitely a difficult one for me, but I was lucky that Charles (Espenlaub) was on his game and brought us home a podium finish. This time around I’m confident that John (Edwards) and I will be able to continue right where we left off in Sebring. We’re still looking for that elusive win, but it’s inspiring to see that we’re so close. All the guys at Fall-Line have been busting their you know what’s to keep giving us a great car, and I have no doubts that it’ll be the same this weekend.”
#48 Starstruck/ TrueCar/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:
Shelby Blackstock: “I am very excited to go back to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca this year because it is one of my favorite tracks and I have a lot of laps there.
This year I will be in the BMW rather than the Mustang and I am excited to see how they will compare to each other. There has been a super long break from the last race at Sebring so I am extremely excited to get back in the car.”
Ashley Freiberg: “I think it is safe to say that I am very thankful for everything Fall-Line is doing for me. Finding funds has been very tough this year, both the team and myself have been working hard to put a deal together and we hope to get something solid in place soon. I was notified only recently that I would be driving at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and I am definitely very excited. Last year I finished second in GT3 Cup Challenge, so I am definitely hungry for that win. Coming off of our mechanical issue at Sebring, I think both Shelby (Blackstock) and I feel the same way! Let’s go racing!”
Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: “It’s great to get back to racing, Mazda Raceway has historically been a great track for the Fall -Line BMWs. We have had a strong start to the season and have been working extremely hard since Sebring. I know my drivers are really excited to hit the track on Thursday and continue where we left off last time out. A huge thank you to Trim-Tex, Starstruck, and BMW for making this all possible, they are unbelievable partners and we look forward to bringing them a great result.”
The race weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off on Friday, May 2 at 12:35p ET with Qualifying at 7:40p ET the same day. The green flag of the 2.5-hour Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda race falls on Friday, at 7:35p ET. The entire race will be streamed live on IMSA.com and the delayed broadcast will air May 11 at 10a ET on FOX Sports 1.
Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of racecars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSCC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles.www.fall-linemotorsports.com
Trim Tex Drywall Products’ global headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, is the most modern and efficient in the industry. Trim-Tex also has a satellite facility located in Orange, California. Both facilities feature a Design & Training Center where architects, builders, and contractors can be inspired and educated. With a combined inventory of well over 100,000 boxes of product and a 40-year history of 100% in-stock, Trim-Tex sets the standard for same day shipping. Trim-Tex doesn’t just make decorative products. In fact, Trim-Tex has over 20 patented drywall products designed to improve installation quality and design aesthetics in commercial and residential projects worldwide. www.trim-tex.com@TrimtexDrywall www.facebook.com/TrimTex
Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp.:
With a reputation spanning over 50 years, Atlas-Acon provides full-service electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, as well ongoing service and maintenance in the commercial and industrial markets in the greater New York area. Atlas-Acon works with some of the largest general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers utilizing its vast expertise to manage project-specific schedules in a cost effective manner. The construction needs of its corporate clients are diverse and unique and Atlas-Acon prides itself on creating and developing innovative solutions.
Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc. is a commercial exterior and interior renovation contractor serving the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cirocco & Ozzimo is recognized as us one of the top concrete firms in the New York City metro area and specializes in masonry, plaster and fireproofing to Building Owners, General Contractors and Consultants for building renovations and new construction.www.ciroccoandozzimo.com
JRZ Suspension Engineering was founded in 1995 by Jan Zuijdijk and specializes in building racing dampers. With experience from Formula One to OE supply, JRZ Suspension Engineering is a leading damper manufacturer. Products range from engineered motorsport solutions to ready to install street performance kits. With wins at The 24 hours of Daytona, LeMans, Sebring, and more along with major championships around the globe, JRZ has a proven track record. For 2014 JRZ Suspension Engineering has entered into a technical partnership with Fall Line motorsports, providing engineering support for the 2014 championship run.www.jrzsuspension.com
Photos: Wes Duenkel / Fall-line Motorsports