VOLT Racing Ready for a Change of Pace with New Ford Mustang
Friday, July 7, 2017

There’s one team in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge paddock that unloaded a race car this weekend completely unlike what it previously competed with thus far in the season.

Alan Brynjolfsson and Chris Hall, co-drivers for the No. 7 VOLT Racing team, are hopping in the driver’s seat of a Ford Mustang this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, rather than the McLaren GT4 the team has used up to now. The move comes after competing in three races and recording a best finish of eighth in the Grand Sport (GS) class at the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona in January.

“The reason we went with the Ford was we saw how well the Ford performed in the first four races,” said Brynjolfsson, who pulls triple-duty on race weekends as driver, team owner and founder of the car’s sponsor VOLT Lighting. “They did great at Daytona, they won Sebring…they won Watkins Glen, so what can you say? There were only one or two Fords entered and they were championship contenders and we want to be championship contenders, so we thought it gave us the best chance to win.”

Having received the Mustang only yesterday morning, the drivers haven’t gotten much seat time in the Ford, painted with the team’s signature neon yellow livery. However, that hasn’t stopped them from already clocking fast laps in today’s two practice sessions. By the end of the second session, the No. 7 VOLT Racing Ford Mustang sat third on the leaderboard.

“The Mustang is much more of a handful, but as a race car driver it’s kind of more fun for me,” Brynjolfsson said. “The McLaren felt more like a street car- it has air conditioning, power windows, power steering, it was very quiet. But you felt more removed. The Mustang is raw, visceral, loud and as a race car driver, that’s what I want. I enjoy driving the Mustang more.”

The team won’t be flying in the dark though as it embarks on the rest of the season with Ford.

“We’re working with Multimatic,” Brynjolfsson said. “They have been fantastic on delivering the car quickly and perfectly intact. We came here, showed up without ever shaking the car down, which is unheard of, and we jumped right on the track and it’s performed flawlessly. On top of that, they have sent a big team of engineers who have supported us and helped us.”

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 goes green tomorrow at 2:50 p.m. ET following a 20-minute practice session at 8 a.m. and qualifying immediately thereafter.

Continental Tire Challenge Notes

  • The first Continental Tire Challenge practice this morning claimed several cars as victims. After the No. 4 Team TGM Porsche Cayman GT4 suffered mechanical issues on track yesterday, the sister No. 46 was involved in an incident this morning that forced the Team TGM to withdraw from the event as a whole. The No. 59 KohR Motorsports Ford Mustang also experienced mechanical issues during the first practice which severely limited track time for Toronto-native Scott Maxwell and last week’s winner Jack Roush Jr. in the second practice. The hardest hit though both practice sessions was experienced by Ari Balogh in the No. 81 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i in Turn 3 during the morning session. The team will be working through the night to fix significant front-end damage on the car.

 

  • This weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Bodymotion Racing will be giving an opportunity to a Canadian service member to join the team and participate in tomorrow’s race as a crew member through a new charity called Operation Motorsport. The charity is designed to educate disable veterans about motorsports and provide an opportunity for employment in the industry.

“My first reaction is this can’t be a new idea,” said Bodymotion Racing Team Owner Mike Bavaro. “Somebody has to have thought of this because it’s such a good idea… Wouldn’t it be nice to get a disabled vet who has an interest or some knowledge of cars, bring them in, teach them something and actually give the guy a job, part-time or full-time?cI think it’s something we have to do to give back in any way we can.” 

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