GS Point Leader Bodymotion Racing Looks Forward To Enthusiastic Canadian Fans this Weekend at CTMP

Friday, July 7, 2017

Bodymotion Racing is looking forward to interacting with some of the most knowledgeable and passionate fans in racing as it prepares for Saturday afternoon's IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge (ICTSC) race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP, aka Mosport).

It's the only race on the schedule in the homeland of Cameron Cassels of Coldstream, British Columbia, who shares the points lead in the Grand Sport (GS) class with co-driver Trent Hindman of Wayside, N.J. Their Porsche Cayman GT4, No. 12, is sponsored by Bodymotion, Delaware Investments and Trim Tex, and is prepared at Bodymotion's headquarters in Ocean Township, N.J.

That is also the base for the team's No. 31 Porsche Cayman that Devin Jones and Drake Kemper drive in the Street Tuner (ST) class. Jones is from Mooresville, N.C., while Kemper hails from Thermal, Calif. Bodymotion, VeriStor, the Apex Sports Car Academy and Delaware Investments sponsor their car.

The team will have some additional help in the pits this weekend, as an injured or disabled Canadian veteran will work with the crew in a new program being introduced at CTMP this weekend. The program is the first initiative by a new not-for-profit organization called Operation Motorsport (see operationmotorsport.org), which is based on a similar successful organization in England called Mission Motorsport UK. Operation Motorsport's mission is to engage ill, injured and wounded military service members and disabled veterans affected by military service in order to aid in their retraining, recovery and rehabilitation through opportunities in motorsports. Its plans include participation in races in Canada, the United States and England, and eventually opening a retraining/rehabilitation motorsports shop in the Belleville, Ontario area.

A total of 15 GS and 19 ST cars are on the entry list for Saturday's two-hour race on the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course. Practice will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:50 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday. Qualifying follows at 8:30 a.m. (ST) and 8:45 a.m. (GS) on Saturday morning. A few hours later one of the liveliest open-grid fan walks of the year will begin at 1:55 p.m., and the green flag is scheduled to drop at 2:50 p.m.

A live broadcast will be available on imsa.tv, while live timing and scoring is set for imsa.com. A condensed broadcast will air on Fox Sports 1 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. All times are Eastern.

Trent Hindman, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:Pre-race quotes follow:

Last year the track got very greasy here during this race. Do you think the same will hold true this weekend? How can you prepare for this?

"Yes. Obviously a lot of this depends on the weather. It is looking like we are going to have rain, but if it does stay dry we are expecting the typical greasy track conditions that usually develop at CTMP.

"Our best tool for combating these conditions simply comes down to experience. There's not much you can do to really chase car setup, because the track will constantly be changing. Instead, we adjust our driving to find where the grip actually is on the circuit. Minor changes to the line you are driving make for big gains in long runs, especially at the end of a race stint."

When this race concludes, we'll be halfway through the season. What have been your biggest challenges and your biggest accomplishments so far this year?

"Our biggest challenges have simply come down to minimizing mistakes made on and off track. This is the only way we can really challenge some of the other makes of cars in the field. We have our Cayman GT4 as strung out as it can possibly be. We now are working on ways to win these races on strategy and intelligence, rather than blinding speed that we just do not have at this point. Blinding speed makes things much more straightforward

          "Some may say Daytona is our biggest accomplishment of the year, and I can certainly agree, but my gut feeling tells me that the way we pulled together at Sebring, in the worst of circumstances, is what exactly is keeping our heads just barely above water in the GS driver and team championships."

Not including Cameron, who is your favorite driver of all time from Canada?

"Gilles Villeneuve. He's not just my favorite driver from Canada, but one of my favorites of all time."

The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Can you give us some examples of your interaction with Canadian fans?

"They're awesome. Seriously, these folks are always excited for a race and we drivers and teams can't thank them enough for the enthusiasm but most importantly the respect they show. They appreciate a good race as much as we do. They camp out in the wet, dry, hot, cold, you name it, they're out there watching and enjoying the race as much as we are, and that's pretty cool."

What is the best experience you've ever had at CTMP?

"I was very fortunate to run Formula Ford 1600s with a local legend named Brian Graham early in my car racing career back in 2011. Not only did Brian and I find lots of success together on track, but he also taught me a tremendous amount about CTMP and the history behind it. His lessons still apply today and not just at CTMP, either. I always enjoy coming to CTMP every year to catch up with Brian, Kelly and the BGR crew too!"

Cameron Cassels, co-driver, No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4:

Not including yourself, who is your favorite driver of all time from Canada?

"Without a doubt Canada has been blessed with some incredible driving talent, which makes it difficult to pick a favorite driver of all time. To keep it relevant to sports car racing, I would have to say it would be Ron Fellows. Ron's success in the Corvette program and as a 'ringer' for select NASCAR events was impressive. He still remains active in motorsports with his interest in Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and the Ron Fellows Driving Academy."

You mentioned that your family would attend this race. What do your kids think of your driving race cars? Do they give you any advice? Do they have other favorite drivers too, and if so, who?

"I am very fortunate to have the incredible support from my family to spend so much time away from home doing what I love. My two sons (Kyle and Ryan) currently kart race, and my two daughters (Erin and Sydney) are now asking to kart race as well!"

Will you make time to do something at this event that you can't do anywhere else, like eat at a particular restaurant or something else?

"Last season my brother flew out to attend the race and ended up taking all of our family to our first MLB game. Our plan is to do a repeat of that and enjoy another great game cheering on the Blue Jays. Oh, and I think we will have to introduce the Bodymotion team to some Canadian poutine this time!"

The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Can you give us some examples of your interaction with Canadian fans?

"Of all the track walks we do, the Mosport track walk is definitely the most interactive with racing enthusiasts. It is pretty cool to see all the fans camp out along the track regardless of weather."

What is the best experience you've ever had at Mosport?

"Having a lot of family visit this particular race really makes it an incredible event for me. Mosport is one of the most intimidating tracks that I have competed on so far. The high-commitment corners and overall high speed of the track demand your constant attention. I was fortunate to be able to visit Mosport again earlier this season with the Pirelli World Challenge series. Although I was not able to make it onto the podium, I became very comfortable with the track and was able to move up to a top-five finishing position and receive the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award for Race 1."

Devin Jones, co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

How tough has the ST class competition been so far this year?

"The ST class has been extremely competitive this season. The Minis have shown a lot of speed over the course of the year and the field of drivers in every make of car this year is top notch. We just have to keep improving our car because everyone else in the field will be doing the same throughout the second half of the season."

What is the best experience you've ever had at Mosport?

"In 2015 I made my second start in the ICTSC at Mosport. We were fast all weekend and ended up winning the pole and setting a new track record that still stands today. That was a big moment for me and really helped set the groundwork for my future opportunities in the series. This track always holds a special meaning to me because of that weekend."

When this race concludes, we'll be halfway through the season. What have been your biggest challenges and your biggest accomplishments so far this year?

"This year has been tough for a few reasons. We've had some small mechanical problems that have affected our finishes early in the year. Plus the fire at COTA that sidelined us for the race was a big disappointment. But the positives to take away are we have rebounded from these setbacks and have showed speed throughout the year. Hopefully the stars will align this weekend at Mosport for a great result."

The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Can you give us some examples of your interaction with Canadian fans?

"I love the Canadian fans! The best story I have was from two years ago. My brother and I brought bikes to the track and were doing laps around the track in the evening. We would get cheers and yells from people having a great time in the infield each lap we passed. The fans here love being at the track."

Will you make time to do something at this event that you can't do anywhere else, like eat at a particular restaurant or something else? If so, what?

"My family will be at Mosport. We are going to be staying in the infield during the races. This is something we have done for the past few seasons and it's always a lot of fun to spend time with them at the track."

Drake Kemper, co-driver, No. 31 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman:

What is the best experience you've ever had at Mosport? 

"My first professional win was at Mosport; it's always been my favorite track. I've had a great relationship with CTMP; the track and I just get along really well. It's insanely fun and fast to drive alone, and incredibly challenging and strategic to share with other cars. Hopefully I can add a seventh Mosport podium to my resume this weekend."

How tough has the ST class competition been so far this year?

"The competition in ST has been incredible. Everyone has been fair for the most part and we've kept our noses clean. This year the level of talent is through the roof. We've had the pace to lead nearly every race this year, and once we have the right setup and a touch of luck, we'll be in Victory Circle."

Not including Cameron, who is your favorite driver of all time from Canada?

"There are so many! Allan Moffat, anyone with the last name Villeneuve, James Hinchcliffe, Paul Tracy; the list goes on and on."

Will you make time to do something at this event that you can't do anywhere else, like eat at a particular restaurant or something else? If so, what?

"I'm on a super-strict diet and workout regimen during my day-to-day life, but I will 100 percent head into Jack Astor's for a humongous Molson Canadian and an order of poutine while I'm here."

The Canadian fans are very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. Can you give us some examples of your interaction with Canadian fans?

"The fans at CTMP are the absolutely best, most enthusiastic fans on the calendar. I've signed foreheads, and had my dinner paid for on a few accounts! They love racing, and we love this track."

Mike Bavaro, team owner:

What are some of the biggest challenges that a team faces: 1.) when it has races back to back, and 2.) when it races outside of the country? What do you do differently to prepare for this race?

"Back-to-back races are difficult due to time and travel constraints. Our crew is all fly in; only two crewmembers are from our shop in New Jersey, so there is a lot of all-night driving. Last year it took us over two hours to clear the border crossing due to a mistake on the Canadian side, so that adds a bit of uncertainty all the time.

            "This weekend we look forward to participating in a new program where we employ a disabled Canadian veteran to work on our crew. Hopes are that this program is accepted and applied to veterans on the USA side of the border too. It sounds like a very worthwhile program and gives us a chance to give something back. We encourage other teams to accept the challenge and support this effort being introduced for the first time at the Mosport event."

When this race concludes, we'll be halfway through the season. What have been your biggest challenges and your biggest accomplishments so far this year?

"Our biggest challenge is dealing with the Balance of Performance (BoP) that has us running 205 pounds of lead. The changes to braking ability and balance have not been factored in correctly, as we are melting our brakes. We cannot accelerate as fast as some of the other cars and our top speed is three miles per hour less than last year and 10 miles per hour less than the McLarens at the Glen.

            "Our pit crew is one of the fastest on pit road, and without mistakes. Our drivers are changed and ready in under 30 seconds. Our tire changes are under 35 seconds, but the car drops off the jacks and waits another 15 seconds to finish fueling. We basically got a BoP smaller fuel fill restrictor because our crew was too fast on our pit stops. Now we are among the slowest."

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