Ford Shelby Captures Circuit Of The Americas 150 Win
Friday, September 16, 2016

Billy Johnson and Scott Maxwell scored an impressive victory in Friday’s Circuit of The Americas 150, winning their fifth race of the season in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C. They extended their lead in the quest for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Championship Grand Sport (GS) title in a race run in over 90-degree heat.

It was the 22nd career victory for Johnson – tying him with Matt Plumb atop the all-time list – and 15th for Maxwell, who tied Eric Curran and Terry Borcheller for eighth.

“That’s definitely a very special win today,” Johnson said. “I’ve been in the series a very long time, and to be able to tie Matt Plumb like that is a highlight of my career and being a part of this series. Scott checked out and put some distance between himself and the No. 33. We’ve never had the out-right pace all season, so to go out and pace like that and have perfect stops really helped us win this race. It’s everyone who touches the car, whether they are over the wall, or back in the shop, it takes everyone to come away with results like that.”

The pair led 55 of the 58 laps – including the final 16 – with Johnson taking the checkered flag 34.517 second ahead of Trent Hindman, driving the No. 12 Bodymotion Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport started by Cameron Cassels. Maxwell won his series-leading fifth TOTAL Pole Award on Thursday and led the opening 21 laps before turning the car over to Johnson.

CJ Wilson Racing drivers Danny Burkett and Marc Miller provided the toughest challenge for the lead Ford, running second for much of the event before suffering a broken suspension part with only 21 minutes remaining in the No. 33 ONE Capital Management/MotorOilMatters.org Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport.

Paul Holton and Pierre Kleinubing both led laps and finished third in the No. 76 C360R Ford Shelby GT350R-C.

Entering the season finale at Road Atlanta 150 on Saturday, Sept. 30, Maxwell and Johnson unofficially lead Burkett and Miller by 31 points, 295-264, and can clinch the title by meeting the 45-minute minimum drive time requirement.

View full results via Al Kamel Systems at Results.IMSA.com

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