The Brief

Street Smarts
Aug 14, 2018

Road America Traffic 1920

ROAD AMERICA, ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN — It was all about strategizing on the fly in the action-packed Road America 120 on Saturday, August 4th in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The #81 BimmerWorld BMW 328i sponsored by Legistics, Veristor and Racing to End Alzheimer’s was fast all weekend. Driver Nick Galante won the pole with an average speed of 95.393 mph – and with co-driver Devin Jones led the ST field for 47 laps compared to their closest competitor’s 11. But as anyone who follows the drama-filled IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge knows, it’s not always enough to be fast.

Coping with the variables

Galante, after an exciting early battle, was in the lead when a car in the GS class flipped and caught fire on lap 15. Just like that, the dynamics of the race changed. A long full-course caution – followed by a second caution later in the race – forced every team on the track to reassess carefully plotted strategies in real time.

The stakes were high: The timing and length of the cautions added an unpredictable variable for teams calculating fuel mileage to the last gas fume. The precise moment each car chose to pit for fuel, tires and a driver change would determine whether they’d have to sacrifice precious seconds to pit again for fuel later in the race. For the BimmerWorld team, that was a nagging worry until they crossed the finish line.

Devin Jones: “We had that long caution, and we were able to come out second and stayed right there with the MINI. I knew as the run went on his tires would fade a little bit, so I just kept the pressure on him. He was stronger in some areas of the track, but I was stronger in other places, so I was able to set him up and finally made it stick after a couple of times trying. From there, I played the traffic a little better with the GS cars and we got a little bit more of a gap. But then we knew we were going to be close on fuel. Even from the beginning of the stint, I really had to save a lot, so I couldn’t enjoy those last few laps. I had to really baby it around to save on fuel.”

A winning combination

The strategy – and the street smarts – paid off. Not only did the team win at Road America, but the victory extended their points lead with just three races remaining in the hard-fought ST class championship.

Nick Galante: “I think this was definitely a pivotal point in the season – extending that lead just a little more like we needed to. The Pombo brothers have been really tough, and they’ve been really great. They’re making this season truly fun because they’re making us work really hard for it.”

The Road America 120 race will air on FOX Sports 1 from 9:30 am to 11:30 pm Eastern time on Sunday, August 12. The next race for BimmerWorld Racing will be the Biscuitville Grand Prix on August 18 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. (the team’s home track).



​The hazards of the Bullring
Aug 6, 2018

Bmw Mini Curve Limerock 960Px

LIME ROCK PARK, LAKEVILLE, CT — There are many ways to define a good race. When it comes to the short, tight “bullring” Lime Rock Park circuit (with seven grisly turns over 1.478-miles), just crossing the finish line unscathed can seem like a significant achievement. That was certainly the case on July 21st at the bruising IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series race in Lakeville, Connecticut.

By the time this two-hour brawl of a race was over, multiple teams were loading up mangled cars that had gotten caught up in heavy contact and unintended off-track excursions. Fortunately, the #81 BimmerWorld BMW 328i (sponsored by Legistics, Veristor, YouRulz and Racing to End Alzheimer's) wasn’t one of them. Drivers Nick Galante and Devin Jones managed to maintain impressive speed all weekend while expertly avoiding the hazards and navigating the full-course cautions that were such bad news for other teams.

Galante was the qualifying driver and got the pole with a time of 0:59.543. He led the first 48 laps of the 113-lap race before pitting during the first full-course caution. Jones, who had set a new track record with a time of 0:59.262 in practice, exited the pits in second and battled with the Pombo brothers in a pair of MINIs through his entire stint. Finally, on Lap 86 with 31 minutes left in the race, Jones got past Mark Pombo and was just 2.505 seconds behind the leader, Mat Pombo.

A second full-course caution was thrown on lap 91 with just 25 minutes remaining. The track went green on lap 98 with only 14 minutes to go, and Jones crossed the finish line in second place, just .650 behind class winner Mat Pombo.

Saturday’s second-place finish (the team’s fifth podium in six races) extends their lead in the ST class championship points battle – with the next race of the hard-fought season at the iconic Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.


Shifts of fortune
Jul 10, 2018

81 W 52 Greenflag 1600 X600

BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA —The dramatic first-place finish for the #81 Racing to End Alzheimer’s BMW 328i at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park was a true testament to teamwork, preparation, skill – and the wild shifts of fortune that teams and fans have come to expect over the course of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season.

With just a week to get the Legistics/Veristor/YouRulz-sponsored car race-ready after the grueling run at Watkins Glen, the Bimmerworld crew delivered. “We had speed all weekend and were really fast right off the trailer,” driver Devin Jones said. “It made my job pretty easy. I was able to go out there and get a pretty big gap.”

Jones won the ST class pole, setting a new track record. He also laid down the fastest lap of the two-hour race. By the time he pitted to pass the car over to co-driver Nick Galante, the team had a comfortable 40-second lead.

Then suddenly everything changed.

A full-course caution was called on lap 46, obliterating the lead and relegating Galante to the number two spot behind Mark Pombo in the #52 Mini. With the track heating up and cars starting to slide, both Galante and Pombo had contact with one of the GS cars on turn 2.

With just six laps to go in the race, the #52 Mini succumbed to damage sustained in the dust-up and was forced to stop off course. The race stayed green as the Mini was removed, sealing the victory for the #81 BMW.

“They had some trouble after some contact, which is unfortunate,” Galante said after the race. “I hope those guys recover and can fight us the rest of the season.”

With this win (their second of the season), the Racing to End Alzheimer’s team catapulted to the top of the Street Turner (ST) point standings in the hard-fought series. Their #81 BMW 328i (F30 chassis) also leads the class’s VP Fuels Front Runner Award standings at the season’s halfway point.

The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 will air on Sunday, July 15th on FS1 (check local listings for times). The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge continues with Round 6 on July 20-21 at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut.



New tent debuts to crowds at Watkins Glen
Jul 4, 2018

Watkinsglen Tent Danielle

Our Racing to End Alzheimer's ambassador Danielle Stratton is ready for the fans at Watkins Glen, NY. The tent was updated, and loaded up with caps and wristbands ready to be snatched up by the eager crowds. Danielle appeared alongside drivers Devin Jones and Nick Galante on the paddock as well, to greet attendees and talk up Racing to End Alzheimer's.

See the accompanying story to find out how the race went, and don't forget to donate at r2endalz.org !