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Fall-Line Motorsports CTSC Daytona Preview
Posted by: newsla on Jan 22, 2014 - 07:00 AM
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Fall-Line Motorsports CTSC Daytona Preview

The first race of the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Series (CTSC) season commences this weekend at Daytona International Speedway and the Fall-Line Motorsports team is ready to go with three entries for the opening race. The team will field their BMW M3s in the GS category with their fresh lineup of talented drivers and are anxious to hit the track again in 2014.


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As previously announced, John Edwards and Trent Hindman will share driving duties of the #46 car. Shelby Blackstock and Ashley Freiberg will drive the #48, and Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau will pilot the third entry in the #47 car.

Edwards is new to the team this year but not new to CTSC. In his three years competing in the series he has earned five victories and numerous podium finishes. This factory BMW driver brings enormous talent and enthusiasm and is a welcome addition to the team. Edwards joins series sophomore Trent Hindman who drove for Fall-Line the last five races of 2013 and became the youngest driver to sit on the pole in CTSC history at the season-finale at Lime Rock Park.

Sponsors Cirocco Ozzimo, Trim-Tex Drywall Products, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors will return for 2014 on the #46 BMW M3 driven by Edwards and Hindman. Over the next few weeks we will share more about these great partners in our Partner Highlight section.

Trim-Tex Drywall Products is returning as a partner of Fall-Line Motorsports for the second year. Trim-Tex President Joe Koenig is himself a veteran racing driver and motorsport enthusiast. Koenig was the first Pro Stock bike rider to make a run under seven seconds and is known in the drag racing world as "Seven O Joe." He has also won a NHRA Championship as team owner before making the switch from two wheels to four. Koenig's love of sports car racing as a driver and now team partner is evident and the exposure that the newly unified series brings is of great value.

Trim-Tex has manufacturing facilities located in Lincolnwood, Illinois and Orange, California and are the most modern and efficient in the industry. With more than 220,000 square feet of production and warehouse space, Trim-Tex inventories over 60,000 boxes of product at all times for same day shipment. Trim-Tex doesn't just make decorative products. Trim-Tex is the industry leader in creating products designed to solve common drywall finishing problems. Our patented Magic Corner solves cracking problems on inside off angle corners, cathedral and tray ceilings. In fact, Trim-Tex has acquired over 15 patents for their innovations.

#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:

John Edwards: "I'm looking forward to my first race with Fall-Line. I think the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship has one of the shortest off seasons of any race series in the world, but I'm already itching to get back to racing. I've had two tests with Fall-Line and that has given me great confidence for the year ahead. They've won races and even the championship before, and I think we have a real shot at winning the GS championship again this year. I'm also looking forward to driving with Trent (Hindman). I've known him since he started racing in Skip Barber, and he's come a long way and has proven his speed. I think we can definitely be a threat all year."

Trent HIndman: "I'm extremely excited to get the 2014 season underway. There has been a lot of hard work and preparation during the offseason to come out and be contenders right from the beginning. We definitely showed well at the Roar, but you really don't know what is going to happen until it is crunch time. Driving with John (Edwards) has been absolutely awesome so far and hopefully we can be in the fight up at the front! Just a quick thank you to Michael Harvey, Mark Boden, and everyone at Fall-Line for this great opportunity. Also, huge thanks to our partners Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, DFL Interiors, and Trim-Tex for coming together and making this season happen. Now hopefully we can pull together a good result for these guys!"

Driving the #47 car for a one-off at Daytona are series veterans Spencer Pumpelly and Steven Bertheau. This pair has driven together for several years and is re-uniting for this inaugural race under the unified sports car series umbrella. Pumpelly and Bertheau have had great success driving together and have finished on the podium three times including one victory at Daytona.

#47 Sargent & Lundy/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:

Spencer Pumpelly: "I'm really looking forward to running with Steve and Fall Line. Steve and I have had great success in the past winning in both Rolex and GS. Fall-Line has thus far really impressed me with their professionalism and organization. This should be a great start to the season."

Steve Bertheau: "It is great to be driving with Spence (Pumpelly) again in a GS car again since we have had such great success together in GS races in the past. I am really looking forward to the weekend and joining Fall-Line for this exciting event."

Joining Fall-Line for the 2014 season is Shelby Blackstock who has been a fixture in the CTSC paddock for three years. Blackstock has been competing in the series with a different team driving a Ford Mustang but has acclimated to the BMW very quickly and has settled into his new team. Ashley Freiberg will be in the car with Blackstock for Daytona and this will be her first race in the CTSC series. Freiberg competed in the North American GT3 Cup series in 2013 where she became the first female to win a race overall.

#48 Starstruck Entertainment/ TrueCar/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes:

Shelby Blackstock: "I am very excited for the race at Daytona! The Fall-Line BMW is very fast and I've matched really well with the car. There is going to be a lot of good competition as there always is, so it should be a good race. Thanks to Fall-Line for giving me this opportunity and a great car!"

Ashley Freiberg: "I am so thankful that Fall-Line Motorsports has given me such a fantastic opportunity to race for them at Daytona. They have worked tremendously hard to make this happen and I hope I can return the favor by giving them a strong performance! This will be my first endurance race of any kind, but I have been doing my homework by watching in-car videos, looking at data, watching previous race footage and staying in shape so that I can show up as well-prepared as I can for my debut in CTSCC. I am so excited!"

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager:
"I am really excited to kick off 2014 at Daytona. We had a great test here early this month and I feel we really have a very strong driver lineup in all three cars. Our guys have worked really hard over the winter months and I believe we are well prepared for the race. The Fall-Line BMWs have always been strong at Daytona and with the mix of youth and experience behind the wheel we feel optimistic heading into the inaugural IMSA Continental Tire Series Championship."

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