Success Pushes Bodymotion Racing To Work Even Harder for Another Victory

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Bodymotion Racing approaches Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) race at Sebring International Raceway in the extremely enviable position of being both the defending race winner and the winner of the series' most recent race, the season opener at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 27. The team from Ocean Township, N.J. isn't resting on its laurels, however, but working even harder in the face of added challenges in its efforts to take the checkered flag first.

When Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, British Columbia, Canada, and Trent Hindman of Wayside, N.J. drove to victory at Sebring last year, they and the other members of Michael and Margaret Bavaro's team gave the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport its first victory in international racing.

Repeating will be a definite challenge. The No. 12 sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and TrimTex has been saddled with 55 pounds of additional lead weight than it had here last year due to IMSA's latest Balance of Performance (BOP) rulings. The team's fuel flow has also been restricted, thus lengthening its elapsed time on pit stops.

Still, hopes are high for an excellent finish in Friday afternoon's two-hour race on the bumpy and historic 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course in central Florida.

The No. 12 competes in the top class, Grand Sport (GS), for which there are 17 entries. There are also 17 entries in the Street Tuner (ST) class, and one of them comes from under the Bodymotion tent too. It's the No. 31 Porsche Cayman driven by a new pairing this year in returning driver Devin Jones of Mooresville, N.C., and series rookie Drake Kemper of Thermal, Calif.

Jones and Jason Rabe finished fifth in this race last year in ST. Jones and Kemper are hoping for another strong performance from the No. 31, which is sponsored by Bodymotion, Veristor, Kemper's Apex Sports Car Academy, and Delaware Investments.

There are two practice sessions on Thursday at 9:50 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. After 20 minutes for final adjustments at 8 a.m. Friday, ST qualifying will be held at 8:30 a.m. and GS qualifying will follow at 8:45 a.m. The open-grid fan walk is slated for 2:50 p.m., and the cars will make their formation laps at 3:30 p.m. The two-hour race is slated to get the green flag at 3:40 p.m.

Live timing and scoring of each session is planned for imsa.com, while live video streaming of the race will be shown on imsa.tv. The race will also be shown on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, March 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All times are Eastern.

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