Pumpelly Maintains ST Point Lead with Podium at COTA

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AUSTIN, Texas (May 8, 2017) – Spencer Pumpelly and teammate Nick Galante continue to lead the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST points after a runner-up finish at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.
 
Pumpelly wasn’t shy in praising his teammate for his work in getting the No. 17 RS1 Porsche 911 Cayman to the front of the ST field.
 
“Nick’s best qualifying has been sixth and he usually runs in the top 10 at the start of the race,” Pumpelly said. “This weekend he qualified seventh, which wasn’t his best, but when the race started, he found a new gear and drove all the way up to third! He was leaving the rest of the field, including guys that we’ve had good battles with in the past.”
 
While running third, the lead ST car caught on fire, which not only brought out the first full-course caution, but promoted Galante to second when he brought the car onto pit lane.
 
Despite an excellent stop from the Rennsport One team, Pumpelly exited pit lane in third. When green flag racing resumed, Pumpelly was able to dispatch the second-place No. 84 BMW and chase down the new leader, Eric Foss in the No. 56 Porsche Cayman. Foss and teammate Jeff Mosing are currently RS1’s chief rivals for the ST Championship.
 
“With about 40 minutes to go, I kept trying move after move after move and there was no way to get around the No. 56,” Pumpelly explained. “I got by him a couple times, but he came right back around me. We had a great fight and a lot of fun. We bumped into each other a little bit, which wasn’t intentional, but no one spun. When I got into him and got ahead of him, I actually gave him the spot back.”
 
Pumpelly made one more last ditch effort on the final lap, but still could not get past the No. 56. He would have to settle for second at the checkered flag.
 
Luckily, during his stint, Pumpelly set the fastest lap of the race, which earned he and Galante a bonus point. The single point is what now separates Pumpelly and Galante from Foss and Mosing in the championship.
 
Pumpelly did set the fastest lap of the race, but he did not break the ST lap record at COTA, which, coincidentally, he set in 2015.
 
“I want to thank the RS1 guys for giving us a really fast car that operated flawlessly all weekend,” Pumpelly said. “Nick was on fire this weekend and I’m really proud to see him get faster and improve his race craft. There’s no way we’d be up on the podium today without his massive opening stint.”

You can watch the Circuit of the Americas 120, Saturday, May 13 at 12:30pm ET on FS1.
 
Up next for Pumpelly is a return to the Pirelli World Challenge, where he rejoins Magnus Racing in the No. 4 Audi RS 8 LMS. He and teammate Pierre Kaffer will take on rounds three and four of the Sprint-X Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, May 19 – 21.

 

 photos by Sideline Sports Photography