DETROIT, Mich. (June 6, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly and Change Racing switched up their driver rotation at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Detroit’s Belle Isle and came away with a sixth-place finish in the latest WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.
For the 100-minute race on the 2.3-mile, 14-turn temporary street circuit, Change Racing knew that track position would be key. In hopes of gaining an advantage, the team opted to have Pumpelly start the race and co-driver Corey Lewis finish.
“In past races, we’ve observed that it’s really hard to pass,” Pumpelly explained. “Now that we’re running GT3 cars that have a lot of downforce, it’s almost impossible. When you get near another car, you get into an aero cushion, where the lead car’s diffuser blows air up, which takes air off your nose. We figured track position would be everything, so we elected to qualify with me, assuming that the silver drivers would start the other GTD cars.”