ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. – It was VOLT Racing’s time to shine at Road America, as the team drove to victory lane for the first time in the No. 7 VOLT Lighting Ford Mustang GT4.
In a race marred by crashes, offs and fuel saving, the ultimate goal quickly became just to last until the end of the two-hour race – and driver Trent Hindman, the closer for the No. 7, did exactly that. Hindman took the last lap on fumes, taking an important checkered flag for the team and co-driver and team owner Alan Brynjolfsson.
“It was one of the more complicated races I’ve ever been a part of,” Hindman said. “It was going to be a tough race for us to win on raw speed, but we just knew we had to save more fuel than everybody else. Those last three or four laps were just constant communication between myself and the guys on the pitbox. Our main goal was to just get the VOLT Mustang GT4 home and that’s ultimately what we did. By a hair, but we made it happen. Hopefully it’s the first of many for this team and for this Ford Mustang GT4.”
Both Hindman and Brynjolfsson gave credit for the win to the team and strategist Mike Johnson.
“It’s our first win in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge,” Brynjolfsson said. “The team put together a great car, but more importantly, Mike had a brilliant strategy that put us in position, then Trent was the guy wonder who just took it home and did a great job. It’s a great morale booster, because we knew we could do it. We should be there, and we’ve had a lot of unfortunate things happen throughout the year that put us out, but this is the first time we’ve given Trent a proper car with a chance and this is what he can do with the right car.”
Before the race, all eyes were on the No. 60 KohR Scudo Wallets/Folds of Honor Ford Mustang GT4 team and their effort to put championship leaders Nate Stacy and Kyle Marcelli on the track after a heavy crash in practice destroyed their primary car. A backup chassis was driven from Michigan to Wisconsin and the team set on an eight-hour effort to install the required elements from the primary car, the drivetrain and as much of the suspension and bodywork as they could salvage.
Incredibly, they made it in time and until the closing minutes of the race were threatening for a second-place finish, at least.
“The guys did a great job getting the car ready for the race and working right,” said team owner Dean Martin. “Kyle and Nate both drove a great race. That caution just came out at the wrong time and we were a little bit short of fuel. We just started running out, then Kyle thought he had a puncture on the right front. We brought it in and it turned out it was a puncture on the left rear, so we had to come in twice, which really hurt us. The guys did a fantastic job. I can’t say enough about them. There’s a lot of heart on this team. We’re still in this championship. We’re not ready to give up.”
The No. 60 car finished 13th. The No. 80 MBRP Performance Exhaust car finished sixth, the No. 8 ModSpace car finished seventh, the No. 59 KohR car finished 11th and the No. 15 Multimatic car of Scott Maxwell and Ty Majeski, of nearby Seymour, Wisc. was 12th.