CTSCC: Freedom Autosport Planning Three-Pronged Attack at COTA

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AUSTIN, Texas — official release — The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series made its Circuit of the Americas debut last year, and Freedom Autosport put on a show worthy of an inaugural race at the world-class facility.

Derek Whitis and Tom Long finished second in the No. 25 Mazda MX-5 after a thrilling last-lap pass by Long. Freedom Autosport plans to be at the front again this weekend when the series visits Circuit of the Americas for the 11th round of the 2014 season. The team will be fielding a triple effort for the occasion.

After driving in different cars during the last round, Andrew Carbonell and Randy Pobst are together again in the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5. Brothers Mat and Mark Pombo will be in the No. 25 Mazda, while co-drivers Britt Casey Jr. and Matt Fassnacht will pilot the No. 27 Mazda.

Casey made his team and series debut at Road America in August. The 16-year-old talent qualified 16th and led the race during his stint. It was an outstanding first outing for Casey, and now he is ready for his first visit to Circuit of the Americas. He has driven the track on a simulator and studied notes, but next weekend will be his first time on the 3.4-mile circuit.

“I’m looking forward to learning Circuit of the Americas,” said Casey. “This year is all about learning the tracks and getting acclimated to the series. I’m looking forward to making no mistakes and getting a lot of education.”

Fassnacht has also driven with Freedom Autosport this season: he and Tom Long teamed up in June for round six at Watkins Glen. Fassnacht and Casey got the chance to drive together during a test earlier this year.

“He’s got great maturity and is very serious. I’m really looking forward to running with him,” said Fassnacht of his co-driver. Fassnacht had the chance to race his Mazda Miata at the first SCCA Majors held at Circuit of the Americas, and it has made him especially optimistic about racing there in the Freedom Autosport MX-5. “I think it will be a great track for the MX-5. That car will be great around the corners, especially in turns three through six. I’m also excited to go to this track because the layout and facility are incredible, and it’s an F1 track.”

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