// Multimatic Motorsports

2014

  • Multimatic Motorsports fielded a two-car Mustang effort for the first time in three years, campaigning the IMSA Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge in blue and white Miller Racing livery. Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell were joined by Billy Johnson and Ian James for a season that netted a pole each for 15 and for 158, double-podium at the team’s home race, and a win at the season finale for Johnson/James. Maxwell/Buford would ultimately finish 3rd in points.

2013

  • Multimatic Motorsports fielded a four-car effort in the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge for the second consecutive season, focusing four Aston Martin Vantage V8s in the GS class. The team proved the value of Multimatic’s leading chassis development expertise with front-running pace, notching a record six pole positions for Jade Buford.
  • The team notched seven top-ten finishes including two podiums, with electronic issues foiling a certain win on multiple occasions.

2012

  • Multimatic Motorsports celebrated its 20th anniversary with the largest racing program in its history, campaigning four cars in two classes of the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.
  • The organization became an official partner to Aston Martin Racing, and debuted the Aston Martin Vantage V8 Grand-Am race car in the GS class. Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster notably finished second at Barber Motorsports Park and third at Lime Rock Park. Tonis Kasemets and Jade Buford earned a third place finish at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. All told, the Aston Martins earned five top ten finishes during the year.
  • Multimatic Motorsports also debuted the turn-key Ford Racing Focus ST-R in the ST class, which is a racing version of the Ford Focus ST road car. The ST-R was under development during the year, and secured a respectable five top-ten finishes.

2011

  • Multimatic Motorsports returned to the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with the 2011 Ford Racing Mustang Boss 302R.
  • Rigorous offseason development carried out by Multimatic Motorsports and Ford Racing made the Boss 302R a winner in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class. The Mustang Boss 302R developed into a pace-setting turnkey race car available for purchase via Ford Racing Performance Parts.
  • Highlights included a win for Joe Foster and Scott Maxwell at Barber and a second place finish at Daytona. The first place finish at Barber was the inaugural win for the Mustang Boss 302R in Grand-Am racing. Maxwell, Foster and Multimatic Motorsports were in the championship hunt for the majority of the season, only to be taken out by a competitor in the eighth race of the year.
  • Multimatic Motorsports finished sixth in driver and team points. Ford Racing finished second in manufacturer points.

2010

  • Multimatic Motorsports continued to operate as the official factory partner to Ford Racing, andwas tasked with designing, engineering and building the brand new Mustang Boss 302R race car.
  • The two car, factory-backed entry in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class with drivers Scott Maxwell, Joe Foster, Gunnar Jeannette and Frank Montecalvo.
  • Highlights of the season included three pole positions; however race results were hampered due to reliability issues.

2008

  • Multimatic Motorsports was enlisted to run Hyper Sport’s (now Dempsey Racing) Mustang FR500C entry in the Grand-AM KONI Challenge Series in 2008. The year proved to be highly successful, as the team won the triple crown of Grand-Am racing (team, manufacturer, and driver championships).
  • Drivers Scott Maxwell and Joe Foster clocked four pole positions and won twice (Mosport and Barber) on route to the Grand-Am driver’s crown.

2006

  • Multimatic Motorsports was enlisted to develop and run the factory Panoz Esperante GTLM race car in the ALMS GT2 class in 2006.
  • Multimatic ran a two-car effort under the Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz banner, and featured some of the best driving talent to ever race for Multimatic Motorsports.
  • Sebastian Bourdais, Bruno Junqueira and Andy Lally joined regulars Scott Maxwell, David Brabham, Gunnar Jeannette and Tom Milner for select races during the year.
  • The highlight of the season was a win from pole at the 12 Hours of Sebring for Maxwell, Brabham and Bourdais.
  • Multimatic Motorsports Team Panoz also competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans that year.

2005

  • Multimatic Motorsports led the factory Ford Mustang FR500C assault on the 2005 Grand Am Cup, winning driver, manufacturer, and team championships.
  • David Empringham clinched the driver’s championship for Multimatic. The team’s three wins were joined by an additional two by privateer teams racing Ford Racing Technology FR500C entries, also built at Multimatic’s Toronto headquarters.
  • Multimatic Motorsports also entered a Ford ‘Team of Champions’ Focus Daytona Prototype at the Rolex Daytona 24. Multimatic regular Scott Maxwell was joined by NASCAR stars Kurt Busch, Greg Biffle, and Matt Kenseth.

2004

  • Multimatic began development of the new Grand-Am Cup Mustang, which would debut at Daytona in February, 2005 with a 1-2 finish.

2003

  • Multimatic went down in the record books as constructors of the first car to win the new Daytona Prototype Class, in the 41st running of the Rolex Daytona 24. The Multimatic MDP1, branded as the Multimatic Ford Focus Daytona Prototype, was designed and developed completely by Multimatic, starting in 2002.
    Multimatic test driver Scott Maxwell joined fellow Canadian driver David Empringham and Australian David Brabham in taking the prestigious victory. Multimatic Motorsports remained in contention for the outright victory until very late in the event.

2002

  • Multimatic completed an agreement with Ford Racing Technology to be the exclusive constructor of the Multimatic Ford Focus Daytona Prototype, with the Daytona Prototypes class featured as the Rolex Sportscar Series’ flagship class.
  • Running two Porsche GT3 Cup cars for Doncaster Racing, Multimatic Motorsports won the overall Grand AM Cup Series championship. The cars were driven by Scott Maxwell and David Empringham; and by David Lacey and Greg Wilkins.
  • Multimatic was awarded its largest single motorsports contract by MBD Sportscars to re-engineer and campaign two existing Panoz LMP07 prototypes. The project included installation of a new Mugen 4.0L V8 engine, ongoing engineering development, and trackside expertise to run the cars in the ALMS LMP900 class.

2001

  • Multimatic ran the BMS Porsche GT1 entry for the 2001 Daytona 24’s GTS class. This was a two-car, eight-driver effort with significant preparation, engineering, and logistical arrangements completed in a two-month timeframe. Scott Maxwell took the GTS pole from the highly touted factory Corvette team. BMS battled for the GTS lead throughout the first third of the race before falling prey to mechanical issues. Both cars finished strongly, with the 01 entry running an almost flawless race to third-in-class and sixth overall.
  • Multimatic Motorsports also ran a limited Grand-Am SR2 program with its LeMans-winning Lola B2K/40, enjoying strong performances including pole position at Road America, a 3rd place finish at Mid Ohio, and domination of the Trois Rivieres round before succumbing to a fuel problem.
  • The team once again ran Doncaster Racing’s entry in the Grand-Am Cup Street Stock Championship, and continued development of Ford’s Mustang for Grand-Am Super Grand Sport competition.
  • The team engineered and contributed significant technical support to Dick Barbour Racing during the second half of the ALMS season, culminating with a win at Petit Le Mans. Multimatic regulars Scott Maxwell and John Graham were joined for the 1000km event by female driving sensation Milka Duno.

2000

  • Multimatic Motorsports continued development of the Multimatic Lola B98/10 with Nicholson McLaren Twin Turbo Cosworth power, contesting both the grueling Daytona 24h and the Sebring 12h. The Lola B2k/40’s hybrid aluminum honeycomb chassis, designed and built by Multimatic, was proven at the 24h of LeMans, achieving Multimatic Motorsports’ most significant success by winning the LMP675 class. This was the first class win by any Canadian motorsports organization in the 68-year history of the endurance classic.
  • Multimatic ran a limited Grand-Am GTS program on behalf of Doncaster Racing. Though outdated, the team’s Porsche 911 GT2 Turbo won the Mid-Ohio round, and placed third at Phoenix. The team also began development of the Doncaster SVT Mustang for the Super Grand Sport Class of the Motorola Cup Street Stock Championship to compete against Corvette, Viper and Porsche. A limited program with this car was run in preparation for 2001.

1999

  • Debuting Lola’s B98/10 World Sports Car in a partial season, Multimatic contested Road Atlanta, Donington, and Mosport events, qualifying in the top ten against factory supported efforts, with a ninth-place overall finish at Mosport. Ongoing development of the Nicholson McLaren power unit was aimed towards a full SportsCar schedule in 2000.
  • Multimatic Motorsports also campaigned three Ford Mustang Cobras in the Motorola Cup North American Street Stock Championship. Scott Maxwell led the team to its best Grand Sport season ever, setting five new track records at Atlanta, Mosport, Trois Rivieres, Watkins Glen and Daytona. He received the Hoosier award for most pole positions (8 out of 9), and the Speed Stick Award for the greatest number of fastest laps. Teammate Greg Wilkins secured four podium finishes, including three wins. Finishing second in the Team Championship with nine podium finishes, including wins at Sebring, Mosport, and Trois Rivieres, Multimatic Motorsports would ultimately win Ford’s first-ever Manufacturer’s Championship in showroom stock racing, while also receiving the “Motorola High Tech Team” award.

1998

  • Multimatic Motorsports campaigned four Ford Mustang Cobras in the Motorola Cup North American Street Stock Championship. The dominant Ford team, Multimatic finished third in the championship with convincing wins at Montreal and Mid-Ohio, with a host of podium finishes. Multimatic’s lead driver Scott Maxwell would finish third in the Motorola Cup driver’s championship, with a total of 7 podium finishes in 13 races. Jason Priestley placed 10th in the driver’s championship, earning his first career race win at the June Mid-Ohio event.
  • Multimatic’s in-house developed GTS1 Mustang was campaigned in select events including the Daytona 24, where a top-ten run in the race’s first half was thwarted by mechanical problems that dropped the team to 38th at the finish. The car also ran two Canada GT Challenge Cup races, winning outright despite strong competition from Porsche 911-GT1s prepared beyond FIA specification.

1997

  • Multimatic Motorsports campaigned four cars in three North American professional championships with six drivers.
  • Finished fourth in SportsCar’s GTS1 Team Championship, despite having missed both Daytona and Sebring rounds, and despite the arrival of FIA GT1 cars from Lotus, Porsche, Panoz, and others. Jason Priestley won SportsCar’s most improved driver award ipower GTs, finishing sixth in driver’s points. Co-driver Scott Maxwell finished fifth in driver standings. Continued development of the Multimatic GTS1 car included evolutions of Multimatic’s proprietary Suspension module on all four corners.
  • Multimatic also campaigned both 4.6 litre SVT Cobra and 5.8 litre Cobra R Mustangs in Canadian and US national championships, finishing as high as sixth in the Enduroseries. Numerous pole positions and podium finishes maintained Multimatic’s reputation as a front-running showroom stock competitor.

1996

  • Premiered Ford’s new SVT Cobra Mustang, with its 4.6 litre, 4-valve ‘Modular’ V8 engine in its only racing appearances world wide. A strong season of front-row starts (including the car’s debut event) also saw podium finishes and a major race win, culminating in a third-place championship finish.
  • Development continued on the Multimatic GTS1 car over three race events. A third-place finish in Dallas and two DNFs while leading (one engine failure and one crash) proved that the GTS1 car was a strong contender despite budget limitations.

1995

  • Multimatic Motorsports amassed more pole positions and fastest laps than any other team in the Canadian National Enduroseries. A dominant championship performance was hampered by engine durability issues.
  • Multimatic’s innovative IMSA GTS-1 car was designed, built, and developed completely in-house, would go on to finish third in its first race, and would become the first privateer entry to seriously compete with factory-supported efforts by Oldsmobile and Nissan.
  • Winning its class in Car & Driver’s One Lap Of America, the Multimatic-prepared Ford Aluminum Intensive Vehicle (AIV) won every event in its class, and finished among GT1-class cars to rank roughly twenty places ahead of the next car in its own class.

1994

  • Multimatic finished second in the Michelin Enduroseries, completing the season with 2 firsts, 2 seconds, 1 third, 2 fourths, and an eleventh place, setting the Grand Sports lap record at Mosport. Multimatic Motorsports campaigned the field’s sole Mustang entry, running against as many as 14 GM Camaro/Firebirds. Extensive development compensated for the Mustang’s relative power disadvantage.

1993

  • Multimatic Motorsports won the Canadian Endurance Road Racing Championship’s Sports Class, with a second consecutive national drivers’ championship for Scott Maxwell. The team completed the season with 5 first-place finishes, 1 second, 2 thirds, and a fifth. Continued development of the Taurus SHO saw a reduction of almost three seconds a lap at Mosport, and wins at all the large-venue events: Montreal, Vancouver, and Halifax. A limited Ontario regional effort was highlighted by a 1-2 finish.

1992

  • Mutimatic Motorsports won the Firestone Firehawk national endurance Sports class championship by 570 points, finishing the season with 6 firsts, 3 seconds, and a sixth place. Scott Maxwell captured the drivers championship by 600 points. A high level of preparation limited racing failures to a single, non-terminal gearbox problem. This resulted in aplaced Honda. Mhouse for Ford’s Taurus SHO.
  • The team won Ontario and Quebec provincial championships, and the Firehawk series’ team marketing award.