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Big Points Weekend for Pumpelly in Canada

BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada (July 11, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly and Change Racing earned their best WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finish of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park over the weekend. His efforts with Rennsport One brought home another podium finish and extended its lead in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
 
Pumpelly and teammate Corey Lewis scored a top-five finish in the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix. Driving the No. 16 Pertamina/Monster Energy Lamborghini Huracán GT3, Pumpelly qualified the car third on the GTD grid. He held onto that spot until it was time to hand the car over to Lewis.
 
Pumpelly’s teammate was able to push even further up the order to second, but as the two-hour and 40-minute race played out, the full-course caution periods were not falling in the team’s favor with its reverse-strategy of putting Pumpelly in the car to open and close, and Lewis taking the middle stint.

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Pumpelly Back in Victory Lane at Watkins Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 5, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly returned to the top step of the podium for the first time this year, taking the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) win at Watkins Glen International. His WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSC) race the following day was not as fruitful. He and Co-driver Corey Lewis would end up in ninth position.
 
In a challenging CTSC qualifying session that went from wet to dry, RS1 opted to put slick tires on their Porsche Caymans. The team was unable to capitalize on the drying circuit and qualified near the back of the field.
 
Teammate Nick Galante started the No. 17 Legistics/RS1/RickiFowler.com Porsche Cayman and immediately picked up several positions after a multi-car crash on the opening lap. From there he continued to pick up spots left and right and was able to hand the car over to Pumpelly in a position to win.  

“Despite our qualifying miscue, Nick did a fantastic job,” Pumpelly said. “Before the second yellow, he was holding pace and I got a bit worried, but he kept saying ‘no, it just hasn’t shaken out yet,’ and sure enough, we went green and every lap I looked it was one, sometimes two spots a lap. I think he brought the car to me in fourth and we picked up a spot in the pits with the guys doing a really fast stop. I was able to run down the leaders and get by.” Read more...

Pumpelly Sixth on the Streets of Detroit

 

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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.”

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Pumpelly Notches 2 top 10's in Monterey

MONTEREY, Calif. (May 3, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly had two fast cars to work with at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. He translated that into top-10 finishes for Change Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Rennsport One in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
 
While the WeatherTech series features four different classes that generally race together, at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn Mazda Raceway, the four classes were split into two races, with the Prototypes and GTLM cars racing in the morning and the Prototype Challenge and GTD cars racing in the afternoon.
 
Pumpelly’s co-driver, Corey Lewis started the No. 16 Pertamina/Monster Energy Lamborghini Huracán GT3 sixth on the GTD grid. Pumpelly, Lewis and crew were feeling positive about the pace of the Lamborghini, but traffic made moving forward tricky.
 
“We had a pretty fast Lamborghini,” Pumpelly said. “Although, Corey found it difficult to pass given the current performance regulations that we have. He ended up getting stuck behind a slower car for the majority of his stint. The car was faster than sixth, but we couldn’t move forward.” Read more...

Pumpelly Survives Sebring

SEBRING, Fla. (March 21, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly handled the heat and the rain at Sebring International Raceway, site of rounds two in both the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) and the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSC). Pumpelly came away from the weekend with a top-10 finish for Rennsport One and 11th for Change Racing.
 
Pumpelly and Rennsport One were ready to capitalize on a runner-up finish at Daytona with another strong performance at Sebring. Hopes were high after practice where the No. 17 Legistics/RS1/RickieFowler.com Porsche Cayman seemed to handle the Florida heat better than the other ST entrants.
 
Co-driver Nick Galante qualified the Cayman in seventh and was doing well at the start of the two-hour race when he reported trouble with the handling of the car. The crew determined that a slight bit of contact with another car had broken the Cayman’s sway bar drop link. This resulted in a large amount of oversteer.
 
Galante held on and brought the car in for its scheduled pit stop and driver change to Pumpelly. Not long after taking the reins, Pumpelly was going head-to-head with another Cayman when he suddenly lost the ABS. Read more...

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