DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.
Mazda Global MX-5 Cup driver Robby Foley will join Britt Casey, Jr. in the No. 27 Freedom Autosport TRUMPF Mazda MX-5 for Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Foley’s addition rounds out the full Daytona lineup for Freedom, which includes the No. 25 ModSpace Mazda MX-5 of Stevan McAleer and Chad McCumbee and the No. 26 Semper Fi Fund Mazda MX-5 of Andrew Carbonell and Liam Dwyer.
Daytona will be Foley’s debut in the Continental Tire Series, but he is already an accomplished Mazda racer. The 20-year-old was a Mazda Scholarship driver in 2016, and his season in the Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Series included three wins. Foley was also a race winner at the inaugural Mazda Global MX-5 Cup Invitational at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I’m leaning on the people around me,” Foley said of learning both the series and Daytona. “I’m good friends with all of the Freedom drivers already, so I’m asking a lot of questions and trying to take in as much as possible. Mazda does a good job of preparing drivers like me for these kinds of opportunities.”
Casey said, “Robby’s racing background is on the Mazda Ladder, and he has quite the resume when it comes to MX-5 racing, so it’s great to have him as a part of Freedom. He’s where I was a couple years ago, being new to the team and series, so I’m looking forward to helping him get adjusted.”
Foley hails from Randolph, N.J., and he is currently studying mechanical engineering at Auburn University in Alabama. Foley was a football and baseball player in high school, but a severe leg injury in 2010 that included torn muscles, broken bones and nerve damage turned his goals back to his childhood passion: motorsports. Now, Foley races with the help of an Ossur brace that helps stabilize his ankle.
Fans can follow Foley on Twitter and Instagram at @FoleyRacingRFR. Casey, who is beginning his second full season with Freedom Autosport, is on Twitter at @BrittCaseyJr.
Freedom Autosport’s 2017 season begins with the four-hour opener at Daytona on Friday, January 27, at 12:15p.m. EST.
ABOUT FREEDOM AUTOSPORT
Since 2008, Freedom Autosport has been a major force in the ST class of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series, proving the might of the Mazda MX-5s. Between their inaugural season in 2008 and 2016, Freedom Autosport earned 15 wins. Freedom Autosport is named in honor of the men and women of the U.S. military who defend our freedom, and the team is a proud supporter of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Keep up with the team on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT MAZDA MOTORSPORTS
Mazda Motorsports boasts the most comprehensive auto racing development ladder system of any auto manufacturer in the world. The Mazda Road to 24 program offers a number of scholarships to advance drivers up the sports car racing ladder, beginning with the Global MX-5 Cup series and culminating with the Mazda Prototype team. The Mazda Road to Indy is a similar program that includes Mazda-powered categories of USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights. In grassroots road racing, more Mazdas race on any given weekend in North America than any other manufacturer. Mazda is also the title sponsor of the renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Follow all of the latest news at MazdaMotorsports.com, @MazdaRacing on Twitter, and MazdaMotorsports on Instagram and Facebook.
ABOUT THE SEMPER FI FUND
The Semper Fi Fund provides urgently needed resources and lifetime support for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Case managers from the Semper Fi Fund work one-on-one with service members and veterans in order to understand and support their individual needs right now and throughout their lifetime. We keep our overhead low so our impact on the lives of service members and veterans is greater. The Semper Fi Fund is one of only three veteran charities to receive an “A+” rating from The American Institute of Philanthropy and a four-star rating from Charity Navigator. For more information visit www.semperfifund.org.
TRUMPF Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the TRUMPF Group. Dedicated to serving the manufacturing needs of the American, Canadian and Mexican markets, TRUMPF is currently the largest manufacturer of fabricating equipment and industrial lasers in North America. We offer our customers innovative, high-quality products and solutions in the areas of sheet metal processing, laser-based production processes and electronic applications. Find TRUMPF online at www.us.trumpf.com and on Twitter as @TRUMPFInc.
Modular Space Corporation (ModSpace), based in Berwyn, Pa., is the largest U.S.-owned provider of office trailers, portable storage units and modular buildings for temporary or permanent space needs. Building on 50 years of experience, ModSpace serves a diverse set of customers and markets—including commercial, construction, education, government, healthcare, industrial, energy, disaster relief, franchise and special events—through an extensive branch network across the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.ModSpace.com or http://Blog.ModSpace.com.
ABOUT PREMIER BUILDINGS SYSTEMS
Premier Building Systems is one of the largest and fastest growing distributors of steel buildings in the United States. Since 1995, our premium quality steel buildings have been in use for a wide range of industrial, commercial, residential and agricultural applications. http://premierbuildings.com/
ABOUT SPARTAN CARGO TRAILERS
Spartan Cargo Trailers, LLC is located in Alma, Ga., and is a wholesale manufacturer of cargo and utility trailers. Manufacturing the industry’s very-best-quality trailers, Spartan Cargo Trailers provides the widest range of products in the industry including common utility/work trailer, a race car hauler, concession stands, restroom units with options like observations decks, hydraulic lifts, audio/visual equipment or something new and straight out of the box. Simply put, if you can imagine it, we can build it. Spartan Cargo Trailers offers as a standard: fifteen exterior colors, with single and tandem axles, radial tires, screw-less exteriors and awnings just to name a few. With the finest customization department in the industry, Spartan Cargo Trailers has designers that engineer trailers to suit customer wants and needs. https://www.facebook.com/Spartan-Cargo-Trailers-LLC-1686537238299528/