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Pombo Brothers Ready For Freedom Autosport Teamwork At Kansas
Posted by: newsla on May 29, 2014 - 03:16 PM
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Pombo Brothers Ready For Freedom Autosport Teamwork At Kansas


For Freedom Autosport, success at Kansas Speedway is going to take teamwork. The team will compete with its two Mazda MX-5s when IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge visits the track from June 6-7. Brothers Mat and Mark Pombo, who drive the No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5, will be aiming for more of the success they found in Kansas last year.

 

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Mark qualified on the ST class pole at Kansas in 2013, and he and Mat ran in the top three before contact bumped their Mazdaspeed3 out of contention for the podium. Returning to the track in a Mazda MX-5 will require a strategy similar to the one the team employs at Daytona, where the long stretches of banking tend to favor horsepower over handling.

“It’s going to require some teamwork, like bump drafting on the banking,” Mark says. “At Kansas, all of the MX-5 drivers would be happy with a top ten. It’s about managing your season’s goals – you can’t win the championship at Kansas, but you can hurt your standing there.”

Mat echoes Mark’s sentiment about teamwork, adding, “Kansas is an awesome facility. They’ve done a really good job there. Last year was a pleasant surprise. The fans were fantastic.”

Mat and Mark hope to give those fans something to cheer about during the 2.5-hour race. The duo finished 11th at Lime Rock last week, but they ran in fourth during the course of the race. After qualifying was rained out, Mat was gridded 23rd and worked his way up to fourth during his stint. Mark had to make a similar charge for the front, when transmission problems dropped him back to 20th before he rallied for the eventual 11th-place finish.

“Through all that adversity, we were happy with 11th,” says Mat. “We’re on the brink of something special. We gained a lot of confidence in the car and a lot of good feedback that will allow us to drive the car like it should be driven.”

Although the Pombos had a setback, Freedom Autosport won at Lime Rock with U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer and Tom Long in the No. 27 Mazda MX-5. “I couldn’t have picked it any better than to have Liam on the podium,” Mat said of the Memorial Day Weekend victory. “Now that he’s won, we’re ready to get one for ourselves!”

Mat and Mark Pombo, along with Andrew Carbonell and Randy Pobst in the No. 26 Mazda MX-5, will take the green flag for Freedom Autosport at Kansas Speedway at 7:15p.m. ET on Saturday, June 7.

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