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Pumpelly Scores Dramatic ST Win in Canada

 

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Bowmanville, CANADA (July 13, 2015) – Spencer Pumpelly was relieved to take the Rennsport One team back to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge victory lane, not only because the team’s last visit was in January, but because of a grueling late-race battle at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
 
Pumpelly, co-driver Luis Rodriguez Jr. and Rennsport One opened the 2015 Street Touring class (ST) season with a bang; scoring a win in the season opener at Daytona International Raceway. Since then, it’s been a string of near misses, as bad luck and mechanical gremlins have robbed the team of more representative finishes.

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Quick Cars, But No Rewards For Pumpelly at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (June 30, 2015) – The Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen weekend seemed like it would result in a wealth of hardware for Spencer Pumpelly running in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continential Tire SportsCar Challenge. Though Park Place Motorsports and Rennsport One each gave Pumpelly a fast Porsche, overzealous drivers and mechanical gremlins prevented him from stepping onto the podium at Watkins Glen International.
 
The latest round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship was part of the Tequila Patrón Endurance Cup, a special prize that encompasses the four longest races of the season. The six-hour enduro at Watkins Glen is the longest race Park Place and Pumpelly have encountered since the 12 Hours of Sebring last March.

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First TUDOR Victory for Pumpelly and Park Place

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 4, 2015) – Spencer Pumpelly finally captured his elusive first win in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He shared the GTD class victory with Patrick Lindsey and Park Place Motorsports, which claimed its first-ever professional win.
 
The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda weekend showed promise straightaway when Pumpelly’s co-driver Lindsey put the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America on the GTD pole. It was Lindsey’s first professional pole position. It wouldn’t be a flag-to-flag victory, however, as trouble at the start of the two-hour and 40-minute race shuffled Lindsey back.



“At the start of the race, there was a stack up in the GTLM field and Patrick had to take evasive maneuvers to avoid a crash,” Pumpelly explained. “In doing so, he gave up a bunch of positions. He fell back to fourth place. He got up to second, but was stuck behind the No. 007 Aston Martin. When we came down pit road for the first time, the No. 007 came too and our pit crew was able to beat them off pit lane by about a second. That was enough to leap frog ahead of them and from there, Patrick just packed his bags and checked out.” Read more...

Pumpelly Victorious in World Challenge Return

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 30, 2015) – Competing in his first Pirelli World Challenge event since 2009, Spencer Pumpelly collected a dominating win and third-place finish on the streets of St. Petersburg.
 

Driving the No. 87 DWW Motorsports Ford Mustang Boss 302, Pumpelly qualified second for the first of two GTS races. The Mustang was unlike anything Pumpelly had driven in the past year, which includes a Porsche 911 GT America, a Porsche Cayman, an Audi R8 LMS and a Ferrari 458 Italia. Though he had limited track time in the Mustang around the 1.8-mile temporary street circuit, Pumpelly managed to set the fastest practice lap on Thursday. Read more...

Pumpelly Stays in ST Championship Hunt; Exits 12-Hour Early

SEBRING, Fla. (March 23, 2015) – Hopes were high for both the Rennsport One and Park Place Motorsports team as Spencer Pumpelly approached Round Two of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and TUDOR United SportsCar Championship seasons. Both programs experienced problems, however, relugating Pumpelly and team to unrepresentative results at Sebring International Raceway.
 
Coming off a victory for Rennsport One at Daytona, Pumpelly and co-driver Luis Rodriguez Jr. believed a follow up win was in the cards at Sebring, until a mysterious engine issue hampered the team’s progress.
 
“We noticed that during the test day the car started to sputter and didn’t quite have the nice smooth engine response that you’d want,” explained Pumpelly. “We tried to get an idea what it was and changed a few things. The next time on track we had the same issue, so we basically tried everything we could possibly think of. Anything that made sense, we tried. We still had the issue. So we then tried anything that didn’t make sense. We literally tried everything. Those guys worked so hard. It was an incredible effort; an effort worthy of another win. Unfortunately, it was beyond the scope of the tooling we had at the track.” Read more...

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