News From Britt Casey, Jr.

Daytona International Speedway Post Race

Going into the weekend, I was more excited to start off a race season than ever before. Not only was the 2016 IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge about to begin with my co-driver Danny Bender, but we also unveiled our new partner, TRUMPF, Inc. TRUMPF is the largest manufacturer of Fabrication Machinery in the United States and a World Market Leader in Lasers used for Industrial Production Technology. TRUMPF's brand aligns perfectly with motorsports and Mazda. 

My first laps on the track were interesting as I adapted to the extreme 31 degree banking on the NASCAR sections of the track. I had never experienced turns that progressively forced me into the seat as I continued to accelerate. The first time I went through NASCAR 1 and 2, I couldn't help but smile and think, "This is pretty awesome." 

During the race, Danny Bender was able to work his way from last position at the start due to a small issue with the car to mid pack before pitting for a driver change, tires, and fuel. Once I got in, I focused on making no mistakes and slowly gaining ground on the cars ahead. On the final restart, I was able to "meet up" at 130 mph with my teammate, Andrew Carbonell and we used the draft to continue to make up lost time. 

  Sideline Sports Photography © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

Sideline Sports Photography © 2016. All Rights Reserved.

All in all, we salvaged a 14th place finish after setting a goal of 15th place or higher for our less powered but more nimble Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5. Danny and I, as well as the team, overcame more than a few obstacles to bring home a very solid finish for TRUMPF, Inc. in their first race as a member of the Mazda Family.

Most importantly, our race was dedicated to the fallen United States Marines who were presumed dead after a helicopter crash off the coast of Oahu on January 14, 2016.

CAPT. BRIAN T. KENNEDY, 31, PHILADELPHIA

CPL. MATTHEW R. DROWN, 23, SPRING, TEXAS.

MAJ. SHAWN M. CAMPBELL, 41, COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS

CPL. THOMAS J. JARDAS, 22, FORT MYERS, FLORIDA

SGT. ADAM C. SCHOELLER, 25, GARDNERS, PENNSYLVANIA

CPL. MATTHEW R. DROWN, 23, SPRING, TEXAS.

CPL. CHRISTOPHER J. ORLANDO, 23, HINGHAM, MASSACHUSETTS

SGT. DILLON J. SEMOLINA, 24, CHASKA, MINNESOTA

LANCE CPL. TY L. HART, 21, AUMSVILLE, OREGON

SGT. WILLIAM J. TURNER, 25, FLORALA, ALABAMA

SGT. JEFFREY A. SEMPLER, 22, WOODRUFF, SOUTH CAROLINA

CAPT. KEVIN T. ROCHE, 20, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI

 

Thank you for your service and sacrifice.