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Pumpelly’s Sebring Race Plagued with Bad Luck

 


SEBRING, Fla. (March 17, 2014)
 – Spencer Pumpelly and the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 team had high hopes coming into Sebring International Raceway after a podium finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January. Unfortunately, four different flat tires hindered the team’s best-laid plans during the infamous 12-hour race.
 
Though the No. 45 started toward the back of the GTD grid, it quickly moved toward the front of the class during the opening hours of the race, which was fraught with full-course cautions. But just as the No 45 was making forward progress, lady luck pulled her back. The car suffered not one, not two, but four seperate flat tires during the endurance race, losing approximately two laps each time the car was forced to pit.

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Pumpelly Finishes Second at Rolex 24 Following Controversial Finish

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 28, 2014) - Spencer Pumpelly finished second in the GTD category at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the opening round of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Flying Lizard Motorsports initially believed their extraordinary efforts over 24 hours of racing had resulted in a victory, but a controversial decision by IMSA officials ended the celebration hours after the race.
 
Starting fifth on the grid, Pumpelly's teammate Tim Pappas started the race and kept the No. 45 Audi R8 LMS out of trouble and on the lead lap before handing over to Pumpelly. During his first stint, Pumpelly moved the car through the GTD field and up to third. Read more...

Pumpelly Tops GTD Testing in Daytona

 


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 6, 2014)
 – Driving the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS, Spencer Pumpelly posted the fastest GTD lap time at Daytona International Speedway during the ‘Roar Before the 24,’ a three-day test to prepare for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
 
Recently announced as a full-season driver for Flying Lizard Motorsports’ 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, Pumpelly and team continue to get acclimated with their new Audi R8 LMS machines. Off-season preparations came to fruition at Daytona International Speedway, as Pumpelly clicked off the quickest GTD lap on day one of a three-day test. Read more...

Pumpelly Wins Petit LeMans

 


BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 20, 2013)
 – Spencer Pumpelly closed the 2013 American Le Mans Series GTC season with a win in the 1,000 mile enduro at Road Atlanta: Petit Le Mans. The victory secured Pumpelly’s team, Flying Lizards Motorsports, the GTC Team Championship.
 
Partnered with co-drivers Nelson Canache Jr. and Madison Snow in the No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Pumpelly faced adverse weather conditions at Road Atlanta through the first half of the race. As intermittent rain came and went over the 2.54-mile circuit, Pumpelly admitted he was relieved his job was to drive the car, not to make the decision on wet versus dry tires.
 
Starting from pole position won by Pumpelly in Friday’s qualifying session, co-driver Canache Jr. held the lead through his first stint and managed the changing track conditions like a veteran. Both he and third driver Snow kept the car out front in their respective stints, putting Pumpelly in a strong position to widen the team’s gap to second place. He set the GTC race lap record at Road Atlanta in his opening stint, a 1:25.098.

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Pumpelly Captures GS Victory in Monterey

 

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 9, 2013) – Spencer Pumpelly took his first Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge victory of the season last weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After starting from the back of the GS grid, BGB Motorsports worked a clever strategy to advance through the field and relied on Pumpelly to hold off a hard charging BMW for the win. Pumpelly followed the GS win with a runner-up finish in the Rolex Series GX class the same day.
 
On Saturday, it appeared as though a GS win for Pumpelly and team was unlikely. Co-driver Dr. Jim Norman had made only one lap in qualifying before an ABS failure ended in a flat-spotted tire. So severe was the vibration, the team opted to abort qualifying to avoid damaging the car. In the ultra competitive GS field, starting from the back of the grid is more than an uphill battle: it’s a mountain. Read more...

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