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Ford NASCAR Drivers Team Up for Daytona CTSC Season Opener

Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski to team with Scott Maxwell in a two-car Mustang GT4 effort at Daytona…

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Ford Performance NASCAR drivers Chase Briscoe, Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will team up with road racing veteran Scott Maxwell in a two-car Mustang GT4 effort for next month’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season-opener at Daytona.

The pair of GS class entries, expected to be entered by Multimatic Motorsports for Daytona-only, will mark Briscoe, Custer and Majeski’s IMSA debuts.

Cindric, meanwhile, has extensive sports car racing experience, both in the Ford Shelby GT350R-C, as well as GT3 machinery.

It was recently announced that Briscoe, Cindric and Majeski will share the No. 60 Roush Fenway-prepared Mustang in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018, in collaboration with Team Penske and Ford Performance.

Custer, meanwhile, is coming off a standout rookie season in Xfinity Series competition, having claimed his first series victory in the season-ending Ford 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Driver pairings for the four-hour endurance race will be announced at a later date, although all five drivers will take part in the Roar Before the 24 early next month.

“We have an outstanding group of young drivers coming up and we feel putting them in this kind of environment with Scott Maxwell will benefit them for the rest of their careers,” said Ford Performance Motorsports Global Director Mark Rushbrook.

“You have to be good on all types of tracks to compete for a NASCAR championship and this will give each of them valuable road course experience in our exciting Mustang GT4 with Multimatic Motorsports.”

Maxwell, the 2016 GS class champion, will serve as a mentor to the four young guns, as they come to grips with the Multimatic-built car and multi-class road racing.

“The Ford Mustang GT4 has been a great project from the start, and I’m glad to get back in the seat in Daytona,” Maxwell said.

“It’s just a fun car to drive. I’m happy to work with the young NASCAR drivers Ford has signed up, too, to help these drivers get acclimated.”

Briscoe was previously confirmed to be taking part in selected Continental Tire Challenge events this year, as part of his diverse 2018 schedule as a member of the Ford Performance Driver Development Program that will also include outings in Trans-Am.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

14 Comments

14 Comments

  1. Max

    December 14, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Pretty smart given the increase in road racing in NASCAR.

  2. Pierre

    December 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    The American gt4 cars aren’t very popular teams. Any insight as to why John?

    • Justin Porter

      December 14, 2017 at 1:58 pm

      A large part of it comes down to that the Camaro and Mustang GT4’s are very expensive compared to their European counterparts.

      The Mclaren 570S, for instance, is about $215k, and the Cayman GT4 Clubsport a paltry $165k. The Camaro comes in at $259k and the Mustang $195k.

      And that’s if you’re just looking at running Conti. If you choose to run anywhere that allows the full variety of GT4 machinery rather than just the “name brand” vehicles, then you have to deal with the significantly cheaper Ginettas and KTM’s.

      • Pierre

        December 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm

        That’s only the starting price for the Cayman gt4. Porsche forces you to buy the spares package and you will also need the MR package.

        When it’s all said and done the gt4 car prices are relatively the same, within a negligible difference between each other.

        • goodgrief

          December 14, 2017 at 7:28 pm

          So, do the spares come with the Mustang and Camaro at that price or they extra also?

          Seems that you asked a question just so you could refute the answer.

          • Pierre

            December 14, 2017 at 8:28 pm

            My initial question was not focused on the price point of these machines. I was simply wondering if there was some industry insight as to why we see so few American gt4 cars in series. While the price may be one of points, I don’t see why it would be the only one. Manufacturers are capped at how much they can charge for the cars. Maybe the teams don’t feel as if they perform well enough against the competition, who knows.

          • Justin Porter

            December 15, 2017 at 12:26 pm

            Okay, so if we are going to leave price off the table, let’s get into something not as easily quantifiable but easy to point out.

            Whereas Audi, Porsche, Mercedes, and McLaren all have dedicated departments whose job is customer support and selling the cars to prospective teams, Chevrolet and Pratt & Miller have a history of being effectively hostile to customer teams (Pacific Coast Motorsports C5R, if you’d like an example of how far back it goes) which is not encouraging if you’re interested in running a car that does not have an established pattern of success outside of factory backed teams (Blackdog and Stevenson).

            With Ford, they’re a bit better off. Multimatic and the FR500C program built up a lot of goodwill and if the car proves to be a bit more successful in the coming year it might be able to pick up more sales in Conti.

    • Sol Shine

      December 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Biggest reason is that the BOP gods keep them well choked down. Did anyone watch the Road Atlanta finale? The Mustang being left behind on the straights by the Porsches was pretty damned apparent. It is rumoured the GT4 car is making substantially less than a stock Mustang GT, somewhere around 400HP. The handling of the car is superb and that was obvious at RA as well. Too much politics in racing now, too much BOP, too much idiocy about car classing. Exotics like McLaren should not be racing with mass produced cars like Mustangs. That’s just stupid.

  3. J.C.

    December 14, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Good move by Ford to give the youngsters more road course experience. As I believe the series (Nascar) is moving more to road courses.

  4. NASCAR/DPs Suck

    December 14, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Now I know who I won’t be rooting for in the Conti race.

  5. WBrowning

    December 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    Anything that involves more Mustangs on the track is good with me.

  6. Zone

    December 15, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    In the past two years the series almost died. Hope to see more involvement from BMW , camaro and Nissan.

    • thomas

      December 16, 2017 at 12:23 am

      Really? GS is back with a vengeance. TCR looks to have a strong field in its first year.

  7. Zone

    December 15, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I could care less about the drivers and more about the actual cars . More info on the cars please. This isn’t NASCAR.

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