A variety of Mustang GT4s have earned victories this season in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. At Road America Trent Hindman and Alan Brynjolfsson added their racer to the list, bringing home the first win for the VOLT Racing #7 car.
…This is the first time we’ve given Trent a proper car with a chance and this is what he can do with the right car. — Alan Brynjolfsson, VOLT Racing
“It was one of the more complicated races I’ve ever been a part of,” Trent said. “It was going to be a tough race for us to win on raw speed, but we just knew we had to save more fuel than everybody else. Those last three or four laps were just constant communication between myself and the guys on the pitbox. Our main goal was to just get the VOLT Mustang GT4 home and that’s ultimately what we did. By a hair, but we made it happen. Hopefully it’s the first of many for this team and for this Ford Mustang GT4.”
The win was even more dramatic, as the car had just enough fuel in the tank to cross the finish line first.
“It’s our first win in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,” Alan told Ford Performance. “The team put together a great car, but more importantly, Mike (Johnson) had a brilliant strategy that put us in position, then Trent was the guy wonder who just took it home and did a great job. It’s a great morale booster, because we knew we could do it. We should be there, and we’ve had a lot of unfortunate things happen throughout the year that put us out, but this is the first time we’ve given Trent a proper car with a chance and this is what he can do with the right car.”
The race wasn’t as favorable to the other Mustang GT4 teams. After totaling its primary race car in qualifying, the previously dominant KohR Motorsports team had to truck in a back-up chassis from Michigan and make it race ready in just eight hours. They pulled it off, but the back-up car wasn’t quite as dialed in, as drivers Kyle Marcelli and Nate Stacy finished in the 11th spot in the MGW Scudo-backed #59 Mustang GT4, which meant they dropped out of first place in the driver’s point standings into the third spot with 183 thus far.
“The guys did a great job getting the car ready for the race and working right,” team owner Dean Martin added. “Kyle and Nate both drove a great race. That caution just came out at the wrong time and we were a little bit short of fuel. We just started running out, then Kyle thought he had a puncture on the right front. We brought it in and it turned out it was a puncture on the left rear, so we had to come in twice, which really hurt us. The guys did a fantastic job. I can’t say enough about them. There’s a lot of heart on this team. We’re still in this championship. We’re not ready to give up.”
Despite dropping out of the driver’s points lead, adding another win helped Ford retain the manufacturer’s points lead at 231. The Mustang GT4 teams will look to continue that momentum as the IMSA series races on at Virginia International Raceway on August 17-19, 2018.