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Pumpelly is ST Champion

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2016) – With a commanding victory at Road Atlanta on Friday, Spencer Pumpelly, teammate Nick Galante and Rennsport One were named Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST Champions. It is the first championship for Pumpelly in his 15-year racing career.
 
Coming into the season finale second-place in the points, Rennsport One had a difficult mission to accomplish in order to secure the ST Championship. Even if the No. 17 Legistics/RS1/RickiFowler.com Porsche Cayman Pumpelly shares with Galante won the race, the championship-leading No. 25 Freedom Autosport Mazda MX-5 only needed to finish fourth or better to take the title.
 
“We struggled a bit from the outset,” Pumpelly said. “The track had changed a lot from last year and the asphalt seemed to be wearing out at an accelerated rate. The grip was really low and we were having a hard time getting the car to handle well. The good news was it looked like everyone else was having the same problem, so we didn’t have to setup the perfect car, just one that was better than everyone else’s. I can’t thank those guys enough on how much they worked getting the setup right.” Read more...

Pumpelly Takes Commanding Road America Win

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (Aug. 9, 2016) – Spencer Pumpelly earned his second win of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) season in dominant fashion at Road America. His race in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (WTSCC), sadly, was not as fruitful.
 
Rennsport One teammate Nick Galante qualified the No. 17 Legistics/RS1/RickiFowler.com Porsche Cayman eighth on the ST grid for Saturday’s CTSCC race. Galante was hit and spun early in the race, but kept a cool head and got the Cayman back on track quickly.
 
The contact had the No. 17 nearly half a lap behind the ST pack when Galante accrued his minimum drive time and the team elected to pit and put Pumpelly in.
 
“We made the decision, since we were already in the back, to come down pit road, do the driver change, get some fuel and do right-side tires only and went back out at the tail end of the field,” Pumpelly explained. “The beauty of that was, when the pit window opened for everybody, we only had to do left-side tires and a little bit of fuel, everyone else had to do full fuel, full tires and a driver change.” Read more...

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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