Francis’ streak lives on with Trans Am win number four at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
June 17, 2017
Mark Boden and Andrew Entwistle grab production spoils in TA3, TA4
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. [June 17, 2017] – Ernie Francis Jr.’s winning streak stretched to four in a row today at Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), as Francis capitalized fully on the moment, capturing the TA class win in the first appearance by the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli on the hallowed Indiana track. Mark Boden, in TA3, and Andrew Entwistle, in TA4, also made their own respective history with class wins in the 35-car multi-class filed.
For Francis, bringing the No. 98 Buoniconti Fund Ford Mustang into the victory circle marks the 27th win of his Trans Am career, across all classes, and continues his climb atop the all-time win list—now holding fourth overall. Still, the feat of capturing a win at IMS stood as the highlight for Francis.
“It’s really incredible to be here,” said Francis. “We’ve been breaking past records in Trans Am; it’s nice to be able to set the first record here—winning the first Trans Am race here at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It’s just incredible. The guys did a great job on the car all weekend; the car was on rails. JRi Shocks set up the car perfectly. The EMCO gearbox was flawless all race, and our Katech Engine gave us the power we needed. I can’t thank our partner, the Buoniconti Fund, enough. They did a great job pushing us to this race and throughout the whole season; we’re looking forward to the next race, trying to continue the streak.”
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milestone behind-the-scenes success story
for EMCO Gears at 52nd rolex 24 At Daytona
by Action Express Racing
February 13, 2014
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 13, 2014) – A high-profile and historic victory last month in the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona by Action Express Racing was also a milestone behind-the-scenes success story for EMCO Gears that supported and supplied both the overall race-winning No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype of drivers Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais, and the team’s third-place No. 9 sister entry, with top personnel and four different key technical components and assemblies.
EMCO Gears has been a fixture in North American sports car racing for more than 30 years with its competition-proven gearboxes but the all-American manufacturer offers much more than race and championship-winning transmissions. A Rolex 24 that marked the first event of the inaugural IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was also a breakout race for EMCO as the Chicago-based company supplied a full-time technician and variety of technology for Action’s podium-placing prototypes.
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