Trim-Tex 2014 Continental Tire GS Sports Car Championship Celebration!



Fall-Line Motorsports team members were happy to join forces with our sponsor Trim-Tex Dry Wall

Products, on November 15th, to celebrate winning the 2014 Continental Tire GS Sports Car Championship

with drivers Trent Hindman and John Edwards. The celebration took place at Trim-Tex headquarters in

Lincolnwood, IL and was well attended by both Fall-Line and Trim-Tex employees.

After a fascinating tour of the Trim-Tex facility led by owner Joe Koenig, the Fall-Line boys got down to

business doing what they do best – with a pit stop demonstration by the championship winning team.

Afterwards, drivers Trent Hindman and John Edwards presented the Trim-Tex team with their own

Championship trophies to recognize the amazing partnership that they have created with Fall-Line

Motorsports.

With many thanks to Trim-Tex for an awesome year and a fun day. We look forward to the road ahead.


Fall-Line Already in High Gear Planning for 2015


The 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) championship trophy had yet to make it to the Fall-Line Motorsports shop before the Buffalo Grove, Illinois-based team was already working hard on its plans for the 2015 season.
“We rolled out of one season and went straight back into another one,” said team manager Michael Harvey.  “We’re prepping cars again, doing some testing. It never stops. Daytona rolls around way too quick here.”

Fall-Line Motorsports began the 2014 Challenge season with Ashley Freiberg and Shelby Blackstock winning at Daytona in the team’s No. 48 BMW M3, and ended the campaign with Trent Hindman capturing the Grand Sport (GS) title in the No. 46 BMW M3. In between, Hindman and co-driver John Edwards won two races and scored four runner-up finishes to place one-two in the points.
“Both Trent and John did an amazing job this year especially in the last couple of races under pressure,” Harvey said. “We did everything right. Our engineers made a lot of strategic calls the last two races that were absolutely spot on. That in itself is a great way to finish the year, not only on the track, but off the track as well. It was certainly nice.”
The team rolled the dice at Austin’s Circuit of The Americas, waiting several laps before calling in Edwards for his final pit stop as other teams opted to pit for slick tires on the drying track. When rain resumed, Edwards pitted for rain tires. He worked his way through the field to win, allowing Hindman to regain the points lead and take a five-point advantage entering the finale.
While Fall-Line has yet to finalize its driver lineup for 2015, expect to see some big changes.
“There’s nothing we would like more than for Trent to be back next year,” Harvey said. “We’re working hard on it. I’d like to have John and Trent back next year – not together – but in the Fall-Line fold, for sure.”
Hindman – who turned 19 on the eve of his Austin victory – joined Fall-Line for the final five races of 2013. His best finish was fourth in his debut at Indianapolis, and he became the youngest pole winner in series history for the finale at Lime Rock Park.
While Hindman started most of the events this past season, he was the finishing driver in four of them and qualified (winning two poles) and started the remaining races. That will change next season.
“We hope to have Trent as the finishing driver next year,” Harvey said. “We had a plan for him – as we do for all of our drivers – when he joined us in 2013. Regardless of what happed in 2014, we planned to have him step up and be a finishing driver for 2015. All is still on target to achieve the plan. It’s just a bonus that he won two races and the championship, now he’s just got that weight to carry on his shoulders next year.”
Edwards joined Fall-Line in 2014. He started the race at Kansas Speedway but pitted only a few seconds shy of driving the required 45 minutes needed to score points. His second-place finish in the season finale at Road Atlanta enabled him to edge Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R drivers Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell by one point in the championship.
In addition to shuffling its driver lineup, Fall-Line is also hoping to switch cars at some point in the season.
“We’ll start the year with the E92 M3, the current car, and at some point throughout the year we’re hoping to bring a new car online,” Harvey said. “It probably won’t happen until the latter half of the year. We have no rush to do it. Obviously, it needs to be fast and reliable before we put it on public display.”

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We won the Championship!!!!!!


Team work, experience, and dedication has brought the Fall-Line GS Team this far. Every point through the season was fought for with everything they could possibly muster. Set backs and downfalls were used to make the team wiser and more strong. Pit stops had been practiced to perfection. Driver changes were as quick, and unstoppable, as a pyroclastic flow. Fall-Line engineers pushed the boundaries of what was thought to be the end of the line. Management was spot-on in every aspect. In the words of Mark Boden, “What a team effort”. What more could one say when a team’s effort speaks for itself.

Congratulations Team.




Laguna Seca Practice Photos



Fall-Line Motorsports CTSC COTA FIRST PLACE!


Great job Fall-Line!
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Crossing the finish line!

WIINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!

Fall-Line Motorsports Victorious in Texas

Austin, Texas (September 20, 2014) - Fall-Line Motorsports competed in the Lone Star Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series yesterday and captured their third win of the year in the GS category. Trent Hindman and John Edwards started ninth but with Mother Nature on their side, finished on the top step of the podium. Shelby Blackstock and Andrew Longe drove a fantastic race as well, moving up ten spots to finish P11.

It was an early birthday present for Hindman, who turned 19 today as he re-captured the lead in overall driver standings. This race was so important for the Championship and the strategy and driving were executed beautifully. The
race started out dry but the team knew that rain was imminent. The decision on when or if to switch to rain tires was crucial. The call was made with just 45 minutes remaining when the track became wet enough to justify putting on rain tires. The timing of the decision to bring Edwards in for the final pit stop was key and the team’s decision worked out perfectly. In the closing laps, Edwards chased down fellow BMW driver Tom Kimber-Smith in the Turner car who was on slick tires and cleanly drove around him for the win. Hindman now carries a five-point lead heading into the last race. Edwards sits just ten points out of second place.

#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco & Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P1

John Edwards: “My engineer made the call to keep me out as long as possible before we switched to rains and we knew from yesterday the track took awhile to dry. That was the call of the race right there. Trent and the team are now back in the Championship lead after an alternator issue at VIR. We got our momentum back. We started out the season well and then had a couple of bad races there in the middle but we need to keep this momentum rolling into Road Atlanta.”

Trent Hindman: “We were praying for rain. We came into this race figuring we would be strong but there are a lot of other strong cars in the GS class. We knew it was going to be a tough race and all the way through my first stint it definitely was tough. The car was handling well but just didn’t have the horsepower of the muscle cars. We knew we had a chance and when John got in the car. I never thought we would be in contention to win but that just comes down to the great work by the Fall-Line guys, the strategy by the engineers, and the amazing drive by John. During my stint I was trying to keep my nose clean and bring in the car in one piece, which fortunately I was able to do. A big thanks to all of the team and our partners Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors.”

Andrew Longe started the race from P21 but quickly moved up and was fighting in a pack of five cars in close quarters. He drove a long stint while engineers were trying to determine what the weather was going to do. A piece of debris lodged itself in the wheel of the right front which affected the handling of the BMW M3 and Andrew had to work extra hard in the hot temperatures and high humidity to keep the car on-track.  Blackstock got in the car and moved up several spots while trying to stay on the lead lap. Blackstock came in first for rains and quickly realized this was the right move for both cars as the skies opened up. The pair nearly captured a top-ten but improved ten positions as they finished in eleventh.

#48 Starstruck/ Trianon Hotels Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P11

Andrew Longe: “We had a strong run in our Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 here today at Circuit of the Americas. Although it is short of where we would have liked to finish as we always have our sights set on the podium, we are pleased with the result after minimal practice time and tricky conditions throughout the entire race. Shelby drove a great stint bringing it home in P11. We have been building off of our accomplishments each race and we look forward to carrying this momentum into the final race of the season at Road Atlanta. We truly owe our weekend to the entire Fall-Line Motorsports crew, the effort they put into getting the car on track for the second practice session yesterday was unbelievable and I cannot thank them enough for that.”

Shelby Blackstock: “Today was a good day for Fall-Line Motorsports! The #46 car got the win and the #48 car came home in 11th. The race was a lot of fun in the rain and very entertaining for the fans. Always great to race at this amazing track once again.”

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: “I am extremely proud of the Fall-Line guys. Today we did not have the fastest car but we won this race on great strategy, amazing driving, and slick pit work. As always, the Fall-Line BMWs performed amazingly well as we leap frogged back into the lead heading in to the last race. I am very proud for BMW with a 1-2 finish, extending their lead in the manufacturers championship.”

To watch a replay of today’s race tune in to FOX Sports 1 on September 28 at 12p ET. Next up is the final round of the 2014 season at Road Atlanta on October 1-3.

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com
@FallLineMotors www.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports
Trim Tex Drywall Products’ global headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, is the most modern and efficient in the industry. Trim-Tex also has a satellite facility located in Orange, California. Both facilities feature a Design & Training Center where architects, builders, and contractors can be inspired and educated. With a combined inventory of well over 100,000 boxes of product and a 40-year history of 100% in-stock, Trim-Tex sets the standard for same day shipping. Trim-Tex doesn’t just make decorative products. In fact, Trim-Tex has over 20 patented drywall products designed to improve installation quality and design aesthetics in commercial and residential projects worldwide.  www.trim-tex.com@TrimtexDrywall www.facebook.com/TrimTex

Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp.:

With a reputation spanning over 50 years, Atlas-Acon provides full-service electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, as well ongoing service and maintenance in the commercial and industrial markets in the greater New York area. Atlas-Acon works with some of the largest general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers utilizing its vast expertise to manage project-specific schedules in a cost effective manner. The construction needs of its corporate clients are diverse and unique and Atlas-Acon prides itself on creating and developing innovative solutions.

www.atlasacon.com

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc. is a commercial exterior and interior renovation contractor serving the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cirocco & Ozzimo is recognized as us one of the top concrete firms in the New York City metro area and specializes in masonry, plaster and fireproofing to Building Owners, General Contractors and Consultants for building renovations and new construction.www.ciroccoandozzimo.com

JRZ Suspension Engineering was founded in 1995 by Jan Zuijdijk and specializes in building racing dampers. With experience from Formula One to OE supply, JRZ Suspension Engineering is a leading damper manufacturer. Products range from engineered motorsport solutions to ready to install street performance kits. With wins at The 24 hours of Daytona, LeMans, Sebring, and more along with major championships around the globe, JRZ has a proven track record. For 2014 JRZ Suspension Engineering has entered into a technical partnership with Fall Line motorsports, providing engineering support for the 2014 championship run.www.jrzsuspension.com


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS QUALIFIES AT COTA IN CTSC


Austin, Texas (September 19, 2014) - Fall-Line Motorsports’ Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge team qualified yesterday at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in their pair of BMW M3s in the penultimate round of the 2014 GS Championship. Trent Hindman qualified the #46 car in ninth position while Andrew Longe qualified the #48 in twenty-first. The Fall-Line duo will take the green flag tomorrow in pursuit of the overall championship lead with Hindman who sits just two points out of the lead with two races remaining.

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

Trent Hindman: “P9 isn’t bad but definitely not as good as we wanted.  All the guys worked really hard to get the car set-up throughout the day yesterday and I am bummed I couldn’t get up the grid farther. But we have a good spot to start the race and at least we are on the inside going into turn one. The most important thing in the race will be to keep it clean and stay smart and try to make up as many positions as possible in my stint to get track position. Our awesome pit stops will help get us up there as well. As always, a big thank you to Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, DFL Interiors, and the National Kidney Foundation for all the support.”

#48 Starstruck/ Trianon Hotels Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quote:

Andrew Longe:  “It was a tough qualifying session for us here at Circuit of the Americas. We suffered engine issues in practice one which required us to change the motor before practice two. As always the Fall-Line Motorsports team did a amazing job getting the car back together in time to turn laps in the end of practice two. Having never been to this track before, we headed into qualifying very green with such limited practice time. We have a great racecar for the race and I look forward to moving up and finishing strong here in Texas. Thank you to the entire team for their incredible effort and the hard work they put in to get us back on track!”


Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: “Yesterday was not quite the day we had hoped for in terms of qualifying. The Fall-Line BMWs are strong in race trim so hopefully we can keep our noses clean, execute solid pit stops and move forward. The Fall-Line crew as always have worked extremely hard as we now put all our efforts into finishing 2014 the same way we started it.”

The 2.5-hour race begins at 1:20 ET and can be viewed at www.imsa.com.

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com
@FallLineMotors www.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports
Trim Tex Drywall Products’ global headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, is the most modern and efficient in the industry. Trim-Tex also has a satellite facility located in Orange, California. Both facilities feature a Design & Training Center where architects, builders, and contractors can be inspired and educated. With a combined inventory of well over 100,000 boxes of product and a 40-year history of 100% in-stock, Trim-Tex sets the standard for same day shipping. Trim-Tex doesn’t just make decorative products. In fact, Trim-Tex has over 20 patented drywall products designed to improve installation quality and design aesthetics in commercial and residential projects worldwide.  www.trim-tex.com@TrimtexDrywall www.facebook.com/TrimTex

Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp.:

With a reputation spanning over 50 years, Atlas-Acon provides full-service electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, as well ongoing service and maintenance in the commercial and industrial markets in the greater New York area. Atlas-Acon works with some of the largest general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers utilizing its vast expertise to manage project-specific schedules in a cost effective manner. The construction needs of its corporate clients are diverse and unique and Atlas-Acon prides itself on creating and developing innovative solutions.

www.atlasacon.com

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc. is a commercial exterior and interior renovation contractor serving the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cirocco & Ozzimo is recognized as us one of the top concrete firms in the New York City metro area and specializes in masonry, plaster and fireproofing to Building Owners, General Contractors and Consultants for building renovations and new construction.www.ciroccoandozzimo.com

JRZ Suspension Engineering was founded in 1995 by Jan Zuijdijk and specializes in building racing dampers. With experience from Formula One to OE supply, JRZ Suspension Engineering is a leading damper manufacturer. Products range from engineered motorsport solutions to ready to install street performance kits. With wins at The 24 hours of Daytona, LeMans, Sebring, and more along with major championships around the globe, JRZ has a proven track record. For 2014 JRZ Suspension Engineering has entered into a technical partnership with Fall Line motorsports, providing engineering support for the 2014 championship run.www.jrzsuspension.com


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS MAKES THE BEST OUT OF DIFFICULT SITUATION AT VIR IN CTSC


Danville, Virginia (August 25, 2014) - Fall-Line Motorsports left Virginia International Raceway in second place in GS standings, just two points out of the lead with driver Trent Hindman. The #46 car has led the Championship since race two of the 2014 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series but with just two races remaining, the Fall-Line team is pulling out all the stops. The #46 car had a charging issue during the race that made for two extra pit stops and put the BMW M3 a lap down in P12 to finish out the race. Ashley Freiberg was back in the #48 and drove a great race alongside co-driver Andrew Longe. The pair finished P13 after a late race pit stop took them out of a strong top-10 finishing position.

Hindman started from P6 and very eary in his stint the team realized there was a problem. The issue was obviously electrical and Hindman had to make an un-scheduled pit stop to replace the battery. Conditions were extremely grueling, with the internal temperature of the cars reaching over 135 degrees. The drivers weren’t able to use their helmet blowers and had to turn off all un-necessary devices that would draw electricity. The battery had to be replaced three times, calling for two additional pit stops, and still the team only lost one lap and kept the #46 car running until the end of the race. They finished in twelfth place but in this race to the end for the Championship, every point is crucial.

#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco & Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P12.

John Edwards: “It was a disappointing day for us. We had a pretty decent pace but were fighting an electrical problem that required us to change batteries during every pit stop. Ultimately one of our stops took a long time when the team tried to repair the problem and it cost us a lap. The Championship is tight now going into the last two races so it should be exciting but it’s a little more excitement than we needed after having such a big lead earlier in the season.”

Trent Hindman: “Well, overall it was a character building race, we definitely had a car that was capable of finishing on the podium but unfortunately we just got caught out by some electrical gremlins. This #46 Fall-Line team has done an incredible job overcoming the bad luck that we’re having this summer and that’s really what’s keeping us in this championship hunt! A big thank you to our partners Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors for sticking with us and helping us keep this program going. We’re trailing the 6 car by a little bit in points now, but there’s two races to go and plenty of time to make it happen.”

Andrew Longe competed in his third race of the season in the #48 BMW M3 and had a strong race despite the 13th place result. Longe started the race from P17 but had a solid first stint and kept the car clean and improved each and every session he was in the car. It was Ashley’s first race back behind the wheel since Kansas and her first trip to VIR in many years. She also assumed the finishing role for this event as Fall-Line continues to gain as much experience for Ashley while focusing on trying to put together a full program for her in 2015. She got behind the wheel after executing a perfect driver change and excellent pit stops and was looking to finish strongly in the top-ten before having to pit with just two laps remaining in the race for a splash of fuel.

#48 Starstruck/ Trianon Hotels Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P13.

Ashley Freiberg: “It felt absolutely amazing to be back in the #48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW! I was really proud of the job Andrew did, and the crew gave us a great car to bring us up to 10th before we had to pit for a splash of fuel at the end. It was definitely one of the toughest races I ever had to drive in my whole career though, both mentally and physically. For the one hour forty-five minute stint in a 140 degree racecar, I had no helmet air blower and ran out of water quickly due to me trying to keep my body temp down. I definitely am stronger after that one, and I hope I can carry over the lessons I learned to finish out the season.”

Andrew Longe: “It was a great weekend at Virginia International Raceway in our Fall-Line Motorsports/ Trianon Hotels BMW M3! It was a great opportunity to work with Ashley this weekend and I believe we both benefitted from building off of each other’s strengths and we will be able to use the skills we learned to put towards the remainder of the season. A huge thank you to all of the Fall-Line Motorsports team for the perfect car, amazing pit stops and everything they do to ensure we have the best car on grid, we couldn’t do it without them.”


Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: “I am very proud of the Fall-Line Motorsports team, we experienced some challenges today and the team rose to the occasion to minimize the damage. These are the events that win championships and with the “never give up” attitude these guys have extracted the most from the race. Such a pity as the car was very strong. It was great to have Ashley back behind the wheel and she and Andrew did an excellent job, with great pace. As always the Fall-Line BMWs were strong throughout the weekend as we now look to put together two perfect events to bring Fall-Line, BMW and all our great partners the big prize. “

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and an Audi R8 LMS in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com
@FallLineMotors www.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports
Trim Tex Drywall Products’ global headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, is the most modern and efficient in the industry. Trim-Tex also has a satellite facility located in Orange, California. Both facilities feature a Design & Training Center where architects, builders, and contractors can be inspired and educated. With a combined inventory of well over 100,000 boxes of product and a 40-year history of 100% in-stock, Trim-Tex sets the standard for same day shipping. Trim-Tex doesn’t just make decorative products. In fact, Trim-Tex has over 20 patented drywall products designed to improve installation quality and design aesthetics in commercial and residential projects worldwide.  www.trim-tex.com@TrimtexDrywall www.facebook.com/TrimTex

Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp.:

With a reputation spanning over 50 years, Atlas-Acon provides full-service electrical contracting for new construction, renovations, as well ongoing service and maintenance in the commercial and industrial markets in the greater New York area. Atlas-Acon works with some of the largest general contractors, construction managers, architects and engineers utilizing its vast expertise to manage project-specific schedules in a cost effective manner. The construction needs of its corporate clients are diverse and unique and Atlas-Acon prides itself on creating and developing innovative solutions.

www.atlasacon.com

Cirocco & Ozzimo Inc. is a commercial exterior and interior renovation contractor serving the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Cirocco & Ozzimo is recognized as us one of the top concrete firms in the New York City metro area and specializes in masonry, plaster and fireproofing to Building Owners, General Contractors and Consultants for building renovations and new construction.www.ciroccoandozzimo.com

JRZ Suspension Engineering was founded in 1995 by Jan Zuijdijk and specializes in building racing dampers. With experience from Formula One to OE supply, JRZ Suspension Engineering is a leading damper manufacturer. Products range from engineered motorsport solutions to ready to install street performance kits. With wins at The 24 hours of Daytona, LeMans, Sebring, and more along with major championships around the globe, JRZ has a proven track record. For 2014 JRZ Suspension Engineering has entered into a technical partnership with Fall Line motorsports, providing engineering support for the 2014 championship run.www.jrzsuspension.com


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Catch Race Team Manager Michael Harvey On “At The Apex”



FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS FACES ADVERSITY AT DAYTONA


Buffalo Grove, IL (January 28, 2013) - Fall-Line Motorsports entered the Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge season-opener at Daytona International Speedway this past weekend with high expectations for the 2013 Championship. After spending the winter months perfecting their three BMW M3 GS entries, they unloaded at the famed Daytona track with impressive speed and continued that momentum into the early stages of the race. However, this is where the good fortune ended. A series of unfortunate on-track incidents affected all three cars and the team did not capture the results they were looking for. The Fall-Line lineup finished 2-3-4 at last year’s Daytona event so obviously there was disappointment finishing 19-26-29. However, in true Fall-Line fashion, the team moves on to the next race and will focus on the remaining stops on the 2013 season.
The #48 Fall-Line Motorsports/ Beverage Flavors International BMW M3 was driven by Brett Sandberg and Charles Espenlaub. The pair started the race in fifth position and Sandberg drove to the front of the field in the first stint in the car. He made contact with the leader of the race who bunched up the field on a re-start, but Sandberg managed to stay up front. He was holding onto 5th when, entering the ‘bus stop,’ a car directly in front of him shredded a tire and Brett could not avoid the debris. The shrapnel did significant damage to the underside of the car but he managed to hold his position to finish his stint. Charles (Espenlaub) took over and nursed the car to the end of the race without fourth gear. He was running 9th when the damage proved terminal just laps from the end. He finished 19th.
The #45 Fall-Line Motorsports/Eagle Technology /B+ Foundation BMW M3, driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb was the highest qualified car in the Fall-Line camp. Carter started the race in fourth and quickly got to work, taking the lead early in the race. The same incident that involved the #48 on the re-start collected the #45 as the field accordioned and Carter could not avoid the car in front of him. The leader chose not to accelerate when the green flag came out and this caused an unavoidable incident. The damage to the #45 was severe and disabled the car, but the Fall-Line crew with their ‘never quit’ attitude, was able to repair the car and only lost three laps in the pits. The #45 finished the race in 26th position.
The #46 Fall-Line Motorsports/Trim-Tex Drywall Products BMW M3, piloted by team owner Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers, started seventh and Boden was driving an incredible first stint. Early in the race, Boden made contact with the wall on the outside of turn five as he was trying to avoid two ST cars who forced him off the track. The Fall-Line crew did an amazing job to get the car repaired and back out on track. The #46 was eventually classified 29th.
Team Manager, Michael Harvey, commented on his team: “This was clearly not the result we expected or deserved. We had three great racecars out there today but we didn’t get to show our performance. It’s disappointing to work so hard all winter and to come to the first race and be a victim of others’ poor decisions. We were proud to take BMW to the front but as racing goes sometimes incidents beyond your control make for a hard day. All the credit to the Fall-Line crew for rising up never giving up. We will re-group and come back from this, as we always do, and move on and look toward Austin.”
The BMW Performance 200 will be televised on SPEED TV Saturday, February 2 at 4:00 PM ET. Round 2 of the 2013 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge will be held at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, March 2.
Fall-Line Motorsports is a premiere builder and fabricator of racecars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010. In addition to fielding 3 GS BMW M3’s in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSCC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com @FallLineMotors www.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports
ABOUT THE B+ FOUNDATION: The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation honors the memory of Andrew McDonough. Andrew’s mom, dad and sister founded The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. The overall goal of The B+ Foundation is to “Do Good”. During the racing season, Al Carter and Hugh Plumb visit kids with cancer in hospitals before racing events to make a positive difference and keep the “B+” message alive through outreach efforts and talks. The B+ Foundation provides financial assistance to families of children with cancer nationwide. In the last two years, The B+ Foundation awarded over $1,000,000 to families of children with cancer while giving over $500,000 to support research efforts. Information about the Foundation and its activities can be found at www.BePositive.org.
Trim-Tex Drywall Products global headquarters and manufacturing facility, located in Lincolnwood, Illinois, is the most modern and efficient in the industry. Trim-Tex also has a satellite facility located in Orange, California. Both facilities feature a Design & Training Center where architects, builders, and contractors can be inspired and educated. With a combined inventory of well over 100,000 boxes of product and a 40-year history of 100% in-stock, Trim-Tex sets the standard for same day shipping. Trim-Tex doesn’t just make decorative products. In fact, Trim-Tex has over 20 patented drywall products designed to improve installation quality and design aesthetics in commercial and residential projects worldwide.
www.trim-tex.com@TrimtexDrywall www.facebook.com/TrimTex
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FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS ENDS THE SEASON WITH ANOTHER PODIUM!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (October 2, 2012)—- The #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 driven by team owner Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers finished second last Saturday in the GS race of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge during the 2012 Grand-Am Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park Presented by BMW. This was the third podium finish this season and the second 2nd place finish in a row for Boden and Sellers who ended the season on a very high note.
The two BCKSTGR Fall-Line drivers had a very good race and Bryan Sellers led a total of 12 laps. Sellers scored the fastest lap of the race and did everything he could at the end to catch the race leading car. This exciting result helped move the #46 BCKSTGR to 6th in the final 2012 team point standings. The #46 Fall-Line BMW M3 of Boden and Sellers was the highest finishing BMW in the race.

The Lime Rock Park event started with a wet first day of practice. Qualifying was cancelled and changed to a test session for the competitors to test their machines on the wet 1.5 mile Connecticut road course. The starting grid was set by owner points so the three Fall Line Motorsports BMWs started respectively 5th (#45 car of Al Carter), 6th (#48 car of Charlie Putman) and 7th (#46 car of Mark Boden).

Al Carter and Hugh Plumb came to Lime Rock with high ambitions and wanted to use this event to score a result that would have returned the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW to the top four in the championship.  Al Carter did a stellar job in the race and ran in second place right behind the race leader for 24 laps before pitting for fuel, tires and driver change. Hugh Plumb was able to move back from 21st after the pit stop to the top six quickly but a problem with his tires on lap 78 had him pit earlier than expected and lose a lap. When Hugh returned to the track he went back to 18th place but was able to climb back to 6th again and put himself in contention to finish in the top four in the championship. Unfortunately another tire problem slowed the #45 car ten laps before the end of the race and Plumb had to pit again to change tires. He and Carter finished 11th. After ten rounds the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation Fall-Line team finished 5th in the team point standings.

2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Champions Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub were expecting a podium finish at Lime Rock but had a more difficult race than anticipated. Charlie Putman ran in the top five throughout his stint before handing the car to Charles Espenlaub. Espenlaub ran a very competitive stint and looked like a podium contender before getting involved in an involuntary accident for which he received a stop and go penalty. The #48 OMP Safecraft of Putman and Espenlaub finished 8th at the end and despite a total of three podium finishes this season, scored a 7th place in the 2012 CTSCC team point standings.

In retrospect, the 2012 season was a good one for Fall-Line Motorsports. With their three cars they scored a total of eleven top five finishes including seven podium finishes. Satisfactorily, the #45 Fall-Line team finished 1st, amongst all BMW teams racing in the 2012 CTSCC.
The Lime Rock race will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 PM ET.


FALL-LINE ALL OUT AT LIME ROCK FOR THE FINAL BATTLE OF THE SEASON!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (September 24, 2012)—- It’s already time for the final race of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge season. What a year it has been so far for Fall-Line Motorsports who scored six podium finishes and a total of ten top 5 finishes with its three entries and only missed the top step of the podium by a few car lengths several times this season.
Lime Rock Park is one of the shortest road courses in the nation but it is one of the most popular and respected by all the best endurance racers. Top CTSCC qualifiers cover the 1.5 mile track 7-turn road course in less than 58 seconds. The Lime Rock racetrack always creates great exciting racing and unexpected finishes. The BMW M3 has always been a competitive car there, and Fall-Line Motorsports who have proudly represented the BMW brand throughout 2012 in the CSTCC hope to continue that success. They have provided the most top finishes for the brand throughout 2012 in the CTSCC.

After nine rounds of the 2012 CTSCC BMW sits 2nd in the manufacturer championship point standings and it is still possible for them to win that championship. Fall-Line will do everything they can to score maximum points for BMW next Saturday and ultimately the goal will be to put the Fall-Line cars on the podium. For this final round of the season, the GS and the ST classes will be split and will each have their own race.

Before Lime Rock the three Fall-Line Motorsports teams sit 5th (45 car), 6th (48 car), and 7th (46 car) in the CTSCC team point standings. There is still a chance for the #45 Fall-Line team to gain one spot and finish in the top four of the championship.

The drivers of the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation M3, Al Carter and Hugh Plumb are considered locals for this race since they live only 230 miles from the track. Hugh Plumb scored podium finishes there in the past and Carter is excited about a new chance to win their first race of the season.
Following a great race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where they finished 2nd, team owner Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers, drivers of the #46 BCKSTGR are looking forward to racing at the front of the pack again and this time both scoring a deserving victory and decisive points for BMW towards the manufacturer championship.

The last Lime Rock podium finish for Fall-Line was scored in 2010 by the #48 OMP – Safecraft BMW of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub on their way to winning the 2010 CTSSC championship. Putman and Espenlaub are also ready to race hard in this final round.

The Grand-Am championship Weekend at Lime Rock presented by BMW will be held on September 28-29 at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut. The Lime Rock event is the 10th and final round of the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. First practice is set for 10:30 AM ET on Friday and CTSCC GS qualifying for 2:15 PM ET also on Friday. The GS competitors will take the green flag of the 2.5 hour Lime Rock CTSCC race on Saturday, September 29 at 10:30 AM ET.

Car 45 Al Carter: “Heading into the final race of the 2012 season, I could not be more appreciative of all the things going on around this team. The Fall-Line crew, our engineers, the fellow team drivers, and our B+ and Scene-Tap sponsors, have all made for a memorable Continental Tire season. Intense door to door battles have been the norm, but our #45 with Hugh and me has been a podium threat in every race this year. We both like challenging the Lime Rock layout and I’d like to close out this season strong, I led most of the early part of this race last year, and expect our Fall-Line prepared BMW to be stout again.”

Car 45 Hugh Plumb: “Excited to be back at Lime Rock, one of my favorite venues on the schedule. Al Carter is always fast here. With a little luck that we now deserve, we could put the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation BMW back in the top four in the point standings.”

Car 46 Mark Boden: “I am really looking forward to this final round of the season. I like Lime Rock. Fall-Line has had great results here in the past. Bryan and I finished 2nd at Laguna and this time I hope to take the #46 BCKSTGR team to the top step of the podium.”

Car 46 Bryan Sellers: “I am really looking forward to Lime Rock. After such a great result in Laguna Seca we will be rolling a lot of momentum forward and will hopefully be able to take one more step up on the podium.”

Car 48 Charles Putman: “Lime Rock has a well-earned reputation as a “boxing ring.” Even though our GS and the ST classes will be running separately, we can still figure on a fully occupied track and thus lots of action. Considering the aggressive nature the Grand-Am field has shown this year, the tight Lime Rock track is sure to yield lots of thrills. Our main job will be to stay out of the collisions that our BMW has seemed to attract this year, while still attacking to be in position for a strong finish. The team has executed better this year than any of the competition so they deserve some recognition for all of their hard work. Even though we’ve found the podium a few times this year, I’d really like to bring them a win to finish off the year. We will be digging deep to try to make that reality.”

Car 48 Charles Espenlaub: “Going into the last round at Lime Rock Park is exciting. Fall-Line Motorsports always gives us the best BMW possible and this should be a favorable track for us…more good results should follow.”

Fall-Line Team Manager Michael Harvey: “Fall-Line Motorsports is proud to be representing BMW this weekend at Lime Rock Park for the finale of the 2012 Grand Am season. Having finished 2nd at the last two events we are hoping to go one better at BMW’s home event. The tight and twisty course always represents a unique challenge and provides great racing.”

The race will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 PM ET.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS FINISH SECOND AT LAGUNA SECA!


Buffalo Grove, IL (September 11, 2012)—- Following an epic race full of surprises, the #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line BMW of team owner Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers finished second last Saturday in the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, ninth round of the 2012 CTSCC. This new podium finish for the #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line drivers allows the team to move from 8th to 7th place in the 2012 team point standings. The #45 SceneTap – B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb was on a path to a podium finish too until Plumb was hit in the back bumper and sent to the gravel trap by another competitor, ruining all chances for the #45 car to score a top finish and reclaim a top three spot in the team championship. The #45 car finished 16th. The #48 OMP - Safecraft Fall-Line BMW of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub had its dose of problems too and after only 26 laps, Charles Espenlaub was involved in an accident that ended his race. The #48 team finished 25th.

Fall-Line Motorsports finished second last year at Laguna Seca with their #48 team and traveled to California this year with winning ambitions. Once again the Fall-Line team scored the highest result of all BMW teams entered in this year’s MRLS race and precious points for the manufacturer’s championship that BMW can still grab in three weeks at Lime Rock.

Mark Boden qualified 21st on Saturday morning. Like his co-driver Sellers, Boden was hoping for his first win of the season at Laguna Seca. Mark Boden took a good start and had a problem free stint. Bryan Sellers took over from Boden right after the first full course caution. The #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line team had a good pit stop. Sellers joined the race in 31st place. In less than 14 laps Sellers, on a mission, took the command of the race. He would hold the lead for 6 laps until being penalized for passing the pace car on a restart with 75 minutes to go, dropping him to 14th. With just over 30 minutes remaining, he had worked his way back into the top four. Sellers took advantage of the last-lap melee to come home second. Sellers rebounded to finish on the podium after losing the lead earlier for jumping a restart.

Hugh Plumb and Al Carter were also hoping for a podium finish and like at Indianapolis earlier this summer, the #45 was involved in a very avoidable collision caused by another competitor. Carter qualified 11th and had another perfect stint. Hugh Plumb took over on lap 14 and started his charge to the front of the pack. He went from 29th to 3rd in only 15 laps. After the second pit stop for fuel and tires, Plumb was running in the top five well on target with the podium finish objective when he got hit in the back by the #14 Nissan of Mike Skeen. This unnecessary move by the #14 car sent Plumb to the gravel trap and ruined all chances of finishing on the podium for the #45 car as well as a chance to rejoin the top three in the team championship. Instead, the #45 SceneTap - B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW finished 16th in class and lost one position in the points. The team is now ranked 5th in the 2012 team point standings after nine races.

Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub were very enthusiastic about their chances to score a win at MRLS. Charlie Putman qualified 16th on Saturday morning. After a problem free stint, Putman gave the wheel to co-driver Charles Espenlaub. He too was in contention for a top finish before he got involved in a multiple car collision during one of the restarts. The impact was violent and the #48 OMP - Safecraft Fall-Line BMW suffered heavy damage to the front of the M3 and had to retire. The #48 team is now ranked 6th in the 2012 team point standings.

The three Fall-Line Motorsports teams will now get ready for the final round of the 2012 CTSCC, September 28-29 at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, a track that has favored the BMWs in the past.

The Laguna Seca race will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, September 16 at 1:30 p.m. ET.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS SCORE ANOTHER PODIUM AT THE BRICKYARD


Buffalo Grove, IL, (July 30, 2012)—- The inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge, eighth round of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge saw Fall-Line Motorsports score its fifth podium finishes of the season. The #48 OMP – SafeCraft Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driven by Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub finished third last Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway after leading the race. The #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line Motorsports BMW of team principle Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers finished 6th and the #45 SceneTap - B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb, 27th after a difficult race.

The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge was a one day event that was on paper supposed to be a good event to score great results for the Fall-Line Motorsports 45, 46 and 48 teams. The Fall-Line team once again was the strongest of all BMW teams entered in the race and despite trying hard to be the first drivers to kiss the bricks of an endurance racing event at the Brickyard, two of the Fall-Line drivers visited the famed Indy podium but fell a little short of their winning objective.

After eight races in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, two of the Fall-Line teams are now ranked in the top five of the team point standings. The #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation team is now 4th and still in contention for a podium finish. The #48 OMP SafeCraft team moved up two spots in the rankings and went from 7th to 5th. The #46 BCKSTGR team moved up from 9th to 8th in the team point standings after the Indianapolis race.

Al Carter and Hugh Plumb announced a new sponsor, SceneTap for their racing program and with their new vibrant colors, the #45 SceneTap B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW driven by Al Carter qualified 4th on Friday morning. This was the fastest qualifying performance of all BMW cars entered in the GS class. In the race Carter who had the ambition and determination to bring a podium finish to its new sponsor encountered some problems early. He took a fantastic start and went from 4th to 2nd in only two laps but on lap 6 while running 3rd, the #45 car got hit by an ST car forcing Al to spin. Due to the toe link damage on the front left he had to stop in the pits to repair. Al was able to restart after losing three laps but the #45 car was forced to retire a little later after a driveline failure. Hugh Plumb did not get to drive and was not able to score points. He is now 5th in the driver point standings. Al Carter is now 4th in the driver point standings after Indianapolis.

Mark Boden qualified his #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line BMW in 8th spot on Friday morning. Like his teammate Al Carter, Mark Boden was hit early by another car early in the race and lost many track positions. Boden did a good job before Bryan Sellers took over the wheel of the #46 BCKSTGR BMW. Sellers had a rough race too but thanks to his excellent driving talent, he was able to pass two cars in the final laps to finish 6th, a positive result that helped the #46 car to be ranked 8th after 8 races.

The #48 OMP – SafeCraft Fall-Line BMW of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub was the best of the three Fall-Line cars at Indianapolis. Putman qualified 13th on Friday morning but the drivers of the #48 car had a very consistent race. Before the red flag race interruption due to heavy rain, Charles Espenlaub was able to lead the Brickyard Challenge race for 3 laps but had to pit to put a new set of Continental slicks on before the re-start. At the restart after the rain delay, Espenlaub raced with the goal of winning the race. He went from 13th to 3rd in only 5 laps. His anticipated winning ride was cut short by a final full course caution that forced the race to finish under yellow. Without this last caution, the chances are that Espenlaub would have given Fall-Line their first race victory of the season. Charlie Putman is now ranked 6th in the 2012 driver point standings and Charles Espenlaub is 9th.

The inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, August 5 at noon ET. The next race, round 9 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is scheduled for September 7-8 at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in California.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS READY FOR THE BRICKYARD CHALLENGE


Buffalo Grove, IL, (July 20, 2012)—- The upcoming Brickyard Sports Car Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is an important event for Fall-Line Motorsports. A good result for their #45 SceneTap – B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb will mean that the team remains in contention to win the 2012 team and driver championships. They are currently 3rd in the point standings. It is also vital for the #48 OMP SafeCraft team of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub to score a good result to preserve a chance to finish in the top five in the season championship. They are currently 7th in the team point standings. A win at Indianapolis will mean everything for the #46 BCKSTGR team and Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers who have had a tough season so far, filled with unexpected incidents. The 46 BCKSTGR team is now ranked 9th in the point standings.

The upcoming Indianapolis event is a one day event that will combine free practice, qualifying and the race in less than 8 hours. Needless to say, if you are not ready your team is going to have a difficult day. Fall-Line Motorsports BMW team ran the two-day test days earlier this month and had a very successful test. On paper, it looks like the team and its drivers are ready for this inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway but in this very competitive Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series where the best endurance drivers and teams are competing for the ultimate championship trophy, you never know until the last lap what car and driver will win at the end.

The Fall-Line Motorsports team which is based only 3 ½ hours from the track has worked hard to prepare for this key race and everyone is excited about the opportunity to showcase their cars and put on the best show possible for the fans who are expected to attend this inaugural Grand-Am endurance event in great numbers.
The inaugural Brickyard Sports Car Challenge is the 8th round of the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. First practice is set for 8:00 AM on Friday and CTSCC GS qualifying for 9:15 AM ET. The start of the 2.5 hour Brickyard Sports Car Challenge is set for Friday, July 27 at 1:00 PM ET.

Car 45 Al Carter: “I’m calling this race weekend the ‘Big Deal’ race weekend. First, we’re racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and it doesn’t get any bigger than that! Second, we’re proud to announce our new sponsor and partner “SceneTap”. Lastly, our Fall-Line BMW is still right there in the championship hunt, but it’s time! Growing up, my Grandfather would take me to the Indy 500 annually. Knowing the uncountable times I told my grandfather I’d be a race car driver, it was an ultra-cool moment blasting down the Brickyard front straight and glancing up into the stands at our old seats earlier this month during the test days.”

Car 45 Hugh Plumb: “I’m looking forward to Indy for a lot of reasons. First it’s a great venue, with lots of history. Had a great test at Indy a few weeks ago and I am looking forward to a great race. I am very excited to introduce SceneTap, a new partner to our partnership with the B+ Foundation, an amazing application that everyone should have. I am looking forward to introducing it to the racing community.”

Car 46 Mark Boden: “The Indy race is a huge stage for Grand-Am to compete on. This is definitely going to be one of the highlights of my season. Our two days of testing proved to be very successful. I feel the Fall-Line Motorsports 45, 46 and 48 teams will run very strong here.”

Car 46 Bryan Sellers: “Indy is without question the most famous race track in the country and every driver dreams of winning here and crossing the bricks, finally we will have the chance to do that.  The Fall-Line Motorsports cars were extremely strong in testing there and the track should suit the BMW well.”

Car 48 Charles Putman: “We are going for it all at Indy. We had a great test and are hungry to get back in the winner’s circle so you will see the #48 OMP SafeCraft working hard from green flag to checkered.”

Car 48 Charles Espenlaub: “After a great test at Indy with Fall-line Motorsports earlier this month, I am very excited to race across those famous bricks, hopefully it will be a bit cooler and we can get the top result our #48 OMP SafeCraft team is looking for.”

Fall-Line Team Manager Michael Harvey: “After an encouraging test at Indy two weeks ago we are excited to return with the Fall-Line Motorsports BMW’s. With an interesting one day format we feel we are well prepared to maximize our potential with the limited track time available.”

The race will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, August 5 at noon ET.


FALL-LINE KEEP CHAMPIONSHIP IN SIGHT WITH 3 RACES TO GO!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (July 3, 2012)—- Fall-Line Motorsports went to Watkins Glen International Raceway for the Continental Tire 150 at the Glen with great ambitions. Team Manager Michael Harvey and his six Fall-Line Motorsports drivers wanted to do well after the difficult Road America race but despite their wish to reach the podium, the #46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line BMW of Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers finished 5th and the #45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb, 6th. This result feels like a win for Fall-Line Motorsports and its drivers since the current rules make it impossible for the M3 to compete for the win. The #48 OMP Safecraft of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub finished 19th after another unlucky tough race.

The first day of practice started well for the Fall-Line Motorsports teams. Bryan Sellers scored the fastest time in the first session just ahead of his #45 car teammate Hugh Plumb. Sellers was also the fastest driver in the second session.

In qualifying, the fastest of the three Fall-Line BMWs was Al Carter but he could not do better than 11th after brushing the wall at the end of his first qualifying lap. Mark Boden qualified in 17th position and Charles Putman 18th.

On race day, Fall-Line Motorsports was hoping to add another podium finish to their collection started in 2010 when the #48 Fall-Line team of Charlie Putman and Charles Espenlaub was victorious at the Glen on their way to claiming the 2010 team and driver Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championships.

The 2012 Continental Tire 150 was anything but easy for the team from Buffalo Grove. After an epic battle to maintain their positions all race long, the drivers of the #45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine Al Carter and Hugh Plumb had to fight hard to finish 6th. The #46 BCKSTGR of Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers scored a top-five finish, the best result for Fall-Line at the Glen but like the drivers of the #45 car, they had to use their best driving skills to keep up with the competition.

Thanks to the Fall-Line Motorsports crew that worked non-stop to prepare their car for the Glen, Putman and Espenlaub used a different machine at the Glen since their 48 BMW was damaged beyond repair at the previous event. The “new” #48 OMP Safecraft Fall-Line BMW encountered some tough times last Saturday. Charlie Putman took a great start and was in contention to join his teammates in the top ten but the #48 car was bumped several times in the race causing its drivers to make unscheduled pit stops for repair, losing several laps in the process. The 48 car finished the race in 19th.

With three races to go in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the #45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb remains in 3rd position in the 2012 team point standings. The Fall-Line #45 car is still leading all BMW teams in the 2012 series after 7 rounds. The #48 car is now ranked 7th in the championship and the #46 is now 9th. Carter and Plumb strongly remain in the championship chase to win the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge driver championship for Fall-Line.

Fall-Line Motorsports will participate in the test days this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The team and its drivers will work hard to find the best set-up since when they come back on Friday, July 27 for the 8th round of the series, it will be a one-day affair and the team and drivers won’t have time to think but only to practice and race as hard as they can to become the first team and drivers to win an endurance race at the mythical speedway.

The Continental Tire 150 race will be televised on SPEED TV Saturday, July 14 at 1:00 PM ET. The next round of the Continental Tire series is scheduled for Friday, July 27 at Indianapolis.


TOUGH HOME RACE FOR FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS AT ROAD AMERICA


Buffalo Grove, IL, (June 25, 2012)—- The Road America 200 was a very tough race for the three Fall-Line Motorsports cars. The 45 BMW B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb was able to save a third place ranking in the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge with a 8th place finish in the race but after a very difficult run.

The 45 and the 48 Fall-Line Motorsports cars came to Road America to their home race in second and third place in the team point standings. After last Friday’s race the 45 car and its drivers are now third, 8 points behind the championship leading drivers John Farano and David Empringham and the 48 car is now 6th in the team championship point standings. The 46 car of Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers is now 13th in the standings. Nevertheless the Fall-Line Motorsports team did a great job at Road America and had the best finish of all the BMW racing teams entered in the race.

Fall-Line Motorsports knew that Road America would be a tough race since the parity between the top car manufacturers in the series is currently a big concern but Fall-Line continues to focus on being the most competitive BMW team in the field.

Al Carter driving the 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW qualified 9th, the best qualifying of the three Fall-Line cars. The main goal of Al Carter and Hugh Plumb who came to Road America in second place of the team point standings, only one point behind the championship leader, was to score maximum points. Carter took a good start but was quickly victim of an oil line leak that forced him to stop for repair. The crew was able to fix the problem right away and Carter did not lose a lap. Hugh Plumb took over after the problem was fixed. He ran as high as 5th and did everything he could to keep up with the top cars but was not able to finish higher than 8th despite his motivation and determination.

Mark Boden driving the 46 Fall-Line BCKSTGR BMW was looking for a top result at his home track. He qualified 10th. After a good stint, Boden handed the 46 car to Bryan Sellers who had an ABS failure on lap 20. Sellers had to stop and the crew deactivated the ABS for the rest of the race. Despite a great racing effort, Bryan was not able to finish higher than 15th.

Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub driving the 48 OMP – SafeCraft Fall-Line M3 were looking for redemption after their tough Mid-Ohio race. Charles Putman qualified 11th on Friday morning. After a decent start Putman ran into a serious problem on lap 10. He was in the process of slowing down due to the yellow that just happened because of the engine blow up of the 35 car but got hit from behind and turned into the wall. The accident was violent and the 48 OMP SafeCraft Fall-Line BMW was severely damaged in the crash. Because of this incident, Charles Espenlaub was not able to drive in the race and did not score points for the drivers’ championship.

The next round at Watkins Glen this week will be a very important rendez-vous for Fall-Line Motorsports team that will come back to a track where they were victorious in 2010. The three Fall-Line teams and drivers will be looking for redemption at the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen and will try everything they can to score the highest possible finish with their BMW M3s.

The Road America 200 will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, July 8 at noon ET. The next race, the Continental Tire 150 at The Glen, round 7 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is scheduled for Saturday, June 30 at Watkins Glen International Raceway, New York.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS 2ND AND 3RD IN CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS AFTER OHIO!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (June 13, 2012)—- The EMCO Gears Classic last Saturday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the fifth round of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Fall Line Motorsports had great expectations for this event after an encouraging test a week prior where its three teams felt like they were ready to score their first win of the season.

In racing nothing is really written in stone and the Mid-Ohio event was not an easy one for Fall Line Motorsports BMW, although once again Fall-Line proved to be the fastest BMW’s in the field.

The 46 BCKSTGR BMW had the best finish of the three Fall-Line Motorsports cars at Mid-Ohio. Mark Boden qualified an excellent 5th and scored his best qualifying of the season so far. After a great start, Boden pitted early and handed the 46 BCKSTGR BMW to Bryan Sellers in 7th place.  Bryan Sellers led a total of 10 laps, had a decent race and finished 6th.

The 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb finished 7th. Carter qualified 12th due to a transmission problem that forced him to stop after one lap during the qualifying session. Carter took a good start and had a nice stint. Hugh Plumb was running in the top-five but was the victim of a collision with a lapped car at mid-race and had to battle hard to come back to the top ten.

The 48 OMP – SafeCraft BMW driven by Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub did not finish the race at Mid-Ohio. Charles Putman had a good session and qualified 7th on Friday. After a good start, Charles Putman pitted right behind Mark Boden. Charles Espenlaub took over and was ready to have a great run to maintain the championship lead but he was not able to finish the race. A motor issue due to contact forced the car to retire early. The 48 car finished 23rd in the GS class.

Despite a difficult race for the 45 and 48 Fall-Line Motorsports teams, their drivers managed to save a top three championship ranking after Mid-Ohio. The 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine team is tied for second in points with Rum Bum Racing after five races, only one point behind the championship leader. Because of that unfortunate result, the 48 OMP – SafeCraft team slid from 1st to 3rd in the team point standings. The 46 BCKSTGR team is now ranked 11th in the team point standings.

Once again Fall-Line Motorsports was the highest ranked BMW racing team and the team from Buffalo Grove contributed to score a nice handful of points to keep BMW as the leader of the 2012 manufacturer championship.
The EMCO Gears Classic will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, June 17 at noon ET. The next race, round 6 of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, is scheduled for next week on June 21-22 at Road America in Wisconsin.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS HOPING FOR FIRST WIN AT MID-OHIO!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (June 4, 2012)—- As the leading BMW team, Fall-Line Motorsports team has scored a total of 4 podium finishes with its three cars in the first four races of 2012. The team from Buffalo Grove is heading to Mid-Ohio as the championship leader and hoping for their first win of 2012 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this Saturday afternoon in Ohio.

Each of the Fall-Line Motorsports teams has scored a podium finish so far in 2012. The 48 OMP SafeCraft has scored two second place finishes including one at the season opener in Daytona and one three weeks ago in New Jersey. The 48 team of Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub scored a podium finish at Mid-Ohio in 2010 and 2011 and on paper they look like the most serious candidate to score the first Fall-Line Motorsports win this season.

Fall-Line Motorsports finished 3rd, 4th and 5th last year at the EMCO Gears Classic in Ohio, and after completing a test at Mid-Ohio last week where the #45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine team was one of the fastest cars entered, the entire team is confident with its drivers and the performance of its BMW M3 even if some of the cars entered in the series still seem to have an advantage over the cars from Munich. Bryan Sellers returns to the #46 BCKSTGR BMW to co-drive with Fall-Line team principal Mark Boden and they are looking to get their racing luck back and score a top finish in Ohio.

The EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course event is the 5th round of the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the event starts with a promoter test day scheduled for Thursday. First official practice is set for 8:40 AM on Friday and CTSCC GS qualifying is set for Friday at 3:35 PM.

Car 45 Al Carter: “Given some of the racing luck our B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW has encountered through the first part of the season, its hard to believe we and our #48 Fall-Line teammates are 1-2 in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge point standings. Hugh Plumb has also been driving his butt off coming from behind to garner our #45 BMW some decent results in the late stages of the last couple of races. But, our positioning in the points is really a testament the strength of Fall-Line Motorsports as a team. We’ll all head to Mid-Ohio and continue to focus on consistency.”

Car 45 Hugh Plumb: “I am looking forward to Mid Ohio. I feel our entire Fall-Line Motorsports team is operating at full potential to score maximum points. Al Carter and I are looking to score maximum points in Ohio to stay in the top three in the championship.”

Car 46 Mark Boden: “Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite tracks and I am looking forward to a strong performance for the #46 BCKSTGR BMW M3. The entire Fall-Line Motorsports team has performed very well this season, a continued team effort will be required to maintain our 1-2 points championship lead.”

Car 46 Bryan Sellers: “Mid-Ohio is a great race, and results from Mid-Ohio rely hugely on a team’s performance. It is very difficult to pass which puts a premium on pit stop speed. Fall-Line Motorsports is leading the championship at the moment and the operation of our team is a huge reason why we should be very strong in Ohio this week.”

Car 48 Charles Putman: “We are really, really happy to be leading the championship points at this point! I can only credit that to the superb performance of the entire team, and a bit to the grace of the racing gods. We are challenged to compete against the cars that are carrying 300-400 pounds less penalty weight, and are also running with less engine restriction than our BMWs. This will make the demanding Mid-Ohio track even more demanding for us than our competitors; but our testing there has allowed our fantastic engineers to squeeze every possible ounce of performance out of our beautiful BMWs. Mid-Ohio is one of the favorite tracks for us drivers. As always, from drivers to engineers to pit crews, the Fall-Line Motorsports team will bring a top effort and put on a great show.”

Car 48 Charles Espenlaub: “Leading the points going to Mid-Ohio just shows the excellent job everyone at Fall-Line Motorsports is doing. We continue to get results above what the current rules package offers. So, I am excited headed to Mid-Ohio, one of the best tracks on the schedule.”

Fall-Line Team Manager Michael Harvey: “We are looking forward to bringing the Fall-Line Motorsports BMW’s back to Mid Ohio. We have been working extremely hard as a team to make sure our total package can maintain our championship charge.”

The start of the 2.5 hour EMCO Gears Classic race is set for Saturday, June 9 at 11:00 AM ET. The race will be televised on SPEED TV Sunday, June 17 at noon ET.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS TAKES CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD AFTER THE B+ HEROES 200 PRESENTED BY BCKSTGR!


Buffalo Grove, IL, (May 14, 2012)—- Before the start of The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR, the six Fall-Line Motorsports drivers were excited about their podium finish chances since they knew that their team worked hard after Homestead to give them cars capable of fighting with the best Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competitors in New Jersey. This 4th round of the 2012 Continental Tire championship almost saw the three Fall-Line Motorsports cars finish in the top five. The 48 Safecraft - OMP Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub scored a 2nd place finish and the 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb finished 5th. The 46 BCKSTGR Fall-Line BMW M3 co-driven by team principle Mark Boden and Mark Donohue finished 17th after a final lap incident while running in 4th place.

After this strong result at The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR, the team from Buffalo Grove is now 1st and 2nd in the team and driver championships and leads all of the BMW racing teams entered in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series. Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub are leading the championship with 115 points after 4 races and their Fall-Line teammates Al Carter and Hugh Plumb are ranked second with 107 points.

On Saturday the 45 was the fastest of the three Fall-line Motorsports BMW in qualifying. Al Carter driving the 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine M3 qualified 5th and started from the third row on Saturday afternoon. The 45 car of Carter and Plumb almost won the race last year and wanted to win this year since their B+ Foundation partner invited over 100 guests at their own home race, The B+ Foundation Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR.

Unfortunately Al Carter who really wanted to do well in New Jersey at his home race received two stop and go penalties during the race. The first penalty was on lap 17 while running in 3rd place. Hugh Plumb had to use his outstanding talent to return the 45 B+ Foundation BMW M3 to the top five to score the needed points to stay in the championship hunt. The 45 car finished 5th.

Charles Putman qualified the 48 Safecraft - OMP Fall-Line Motorsports BMW in 7th place. In the race, Putman did a very good job handing the car to his teammate in the top five. The two Charles’ had almost the perfect race. Charles Espenlaub led 18 laps but had to give up the lead only 9 laps before the end after an epic battle to keep up with the winning Subaru that was the car to beat in New Jersey. The 48 car finished 2nd.

The 46 BCKSTGR BMW had a different driver’s line up for the B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona champion David Donohue, son of 1972 Indy 500 winner Mark Donohue, joined the team for this one race to replace Bryan Sellers who had a previous racing engagement. Donohue who also ran in the Rolex Series in New Jersey had the goal to take Mark Boden to the podium with him, and he almost accomplished it. Boden qualified the 46 BCKSTGR BMW in 10th place. Mark took a great start and ran as high as 7th in his stint. David Donohue took over after a great pit stop from the 46 Fall-Line crew and went from 40th after the pit stop to 2nd place on lap 46. After their second pit stop Donohue returned to the track with high hopes and ran in the top two behind Fall-Line teammate Charles Espenlaub between lap 57 and 66. On the last lap while running in 4th place, Donohue ran over the rumble strips as he overtook the 97 car. When he hit the brakes to negotiate turn 1 in the final lap, the brake pedal went down and David had to run wide. He lost 14 spots because of this unfortunate incident. The 46 car finished 17th.

The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR demonstrated that the Fall-Line Motorsports team is a very serious contender to win the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. The crews of the three cars are making progress race after race. They had great pit stops all day. The team strategy was perfect and even if a BMW of the Fall-Line team did not win in New Jersey, they are now leading the championship after 4 races which was the primary goal of the team going in.

The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR will be televised on SPEED TV Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 PM ET. The next race is the EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio on Saturday, June 9.


FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS SET FOR THE B+ HEROES 200 PRESENTED BY BCKSTGR


Buffalo Grove, IL, (May 7, 2012)—- The Homestead Miami Speedway race was not the best race of the season so far for the three Fall-Line Motorsports BMW teams. The 48 OMP BMW co-driven by Charles Espenlaub and Charles Putman finished 6th and the 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine co-driven by Al Carter and Hugh Plumb 8th. The 46 BCKSTGR BMW co-driven by Mark Boden and Bryan Sellers was not able to finish due to multiple incidents caused by competitors on track.

Looking ahead, the Fall-Line BMW team does not forget its championship goal and has already regrouped after Homestead and is eager to start testing on Thursday in New Jersey. Last year’s B+ Foundation Heroes 200 was a great event overall for Fall-Line. The 45 B+ Foundation BMW led the race for many laps and at the end, Mark Boden’s 46 car finished 2nd and Charles Putman and Charles Espenlaub driving the 48 BMW, 4th.

The Fall-Line Motorsports team heads to New Jersey 2nd and 3rd in the 2012 team point standings. This week will be very special for the team from Buffalo Grove. The B+ Foundation and BCKSTGR respectively sponsors of the 45 and 46 cars, have partnered to sponsor The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. Needless to say that Michael Harvey’s managed team has high hopes and podium finish in mind.

The 46 BCKSTGR team looks forward to come back to championship form in New Jersey this week. Mark Boden’s season co-driver Bryan Sellers will not be at New Jersey because of a prior racing engagement. He will be replaced for this race only by a New Jersey born driver, David Donohue. David Donohue is one of the most recognized drivers in Grand-Am Road Racing. He is the son of racing legend Mark Donohue who won the 1972 Indianapolis 500 and the 1969 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Like his dad, David also won the Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2009. Currently racing for Action Express Racing in the Rolex Series, Donohue will also race in The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR race with Fall-Line Motorsports in New Jersey and hopes to take team principle and co-driver Mark Boden to the podium with him.

The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR at New Jersey Motorsports park event is the 4th round of the 2012 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the event starts with a promoter test day scheduled for Thursday. First official practice is set for 9:20 AM on Friday and CTSCC GS qualifying is set for Saturday at 10:30 AM.

Car 45 Al Carter: “In 2011 our B+ racing team was destined for the perfect race weekend despite it being a sweltering 105 degrees. We had enjoyed a great week of B+ Foundation events and interactions with so many of the Heroes and their families. Then with 30 minutes left in the race we found ourselves with a 5-second lead and on our way to the perfect made for TV movie scenario ending. Unfortunately the intense heat and an overloaded and overworked alternator stole our storybook finish that day.  All the more reason our 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW will be ready to roll at our home race at New Jersey Motorsports Park this year.”

Car 45 Hugh Plumb: “It is a absolute honor to drive the 45 B+ Foundation – Jetset Magazine BMW at The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. But to have the race called what you have been fighting for is an even bigger honor. I think this just goes to prove how committed the people are within The B+ Foundation family to come back here for the second year in a row, and continue to help spread the awareness of childhood cancer. Al Carter and I were close to having this race won last year so obviously our goal this year is to make that happen.”

Car 46 Mark Boden: “Although Bryan Sellers will be missed on this conflict event I am very excited for this opportunity to drive with David Donohue. His experience and talent will bring a lot to the team. This is a very important event to the Fall-Line Motorsports team, with two of our team sponsors joining forces to fight childhood cancer while bringing this event together. The team is working very hard to insure our BMW M3 will remain competitive front runners, my hopes are very high for this event.”

Car 46 David Donohue: “I am really looking forward to running with Mark Boden in Fall Line’s BMW M3. I have enjoyed the brief time I’ve spent with the car and the team so far. Certainly Bryan will be missed, but it’s just one race and he’ll be back to do his normal stellar job for the rest of the season. I have many BMW friends dating back to my early club days when I started driving just for fun, and later won my first championship in IMSA’s Supercar Championship in an M5 before becoming part of the fledgling M3 GT program. I later won the CART SuperTouring Championship when Fall-Line’s team manager, Michael Harvey, was my crew chief. As the Grand-Am commercial says, life can be a full circle sometimes. I hope to find the podium on Saturday as well as Sunday’s DP race.”

Car 48 Charles Putman: “We are happy to be going back to New Jersey at a better time of year, as last year’s heat created some of the hottest racing conditions in anyone’s memory. Though it has been well documented that our BMWs now have been restricted and had so much weight added to them by the sanctioning body that we are at a serious competitive disadvantage. We have decided that we are going to keep bearing down, working, and showing that the Fall-Line Motorsports machines and drivers are the class of the show.”

Car 48 Charles Espenlaub: “I am really looking forward to New Jersey and The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR. Everyone at Fall-Line Motorsports has gone above and beyond to keep us in the championship and I know we as a team will dig even deeper to find success this week.”

Fall-Line Team Manager Michael Harvey: “We are very much looking forward to The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR race at New Jersey. We have some unfinished business after coming so close to victory in 2011 with the 45 B+ Foundation BMW. With the added motivation of having our partners sponsoring the event the Fall-Line BMW’s are looking to continue their fast and consistent 2012 season.”

The B+ Heroes 200 presented by BCKSTGR, round 4 of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is set for Saturday, May 12. The start of the 2.5 hour race is set for 3:15 PM ET. The race will be televised on SPEED TV Saturday, May 26 at 2:00 PM ET.


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