The Brief

Over the border and through the woods
Jul 18, 2017

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ONTARIO, CANADA — After the dramatic roller-coaster ride of the Watkins Glen race, the [email protected] team shifted their sights north to the fast and fierce Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Third in points for the season, the team needed a good result to stay in the fight with the #56 car of Mosing and Foss.

Despite having had just a week to regroup after the ups and downs of the previous race, drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly – and their #17 Porsche Cayman – were firing on all cylinders. Galante qualified in 9th place, his best showing yet at this notoriously tough track. Pumpelly, one of the fastest drivers in practice, was eager to get back behind the wheel and show what he could do.

Galante had a difficult start to the race as the field bunched up and scrambled the flow. There was contact and a spin ahead on the exit of turn one. Nick was forced to check up, narrowly avoiding the melee. Determined to regain his position and work his way to the front, Galante passed a car in turn 2, and another in turn 3. On the entry into a fast turn 4, he saw an opportunity on the outside and went for it. With the turn 5 right-hander quickly approaching, Galante saw himself running out of road and had to hit the curb in an attempt to avoid contact with the opposing car. Despite his best efforts, the left rear of the #17 struck the car on the outside, causing a flat.

Galante limped back to the pits, where the team quickly replaced the wheel and sent him back onto the track. The #17 had a lot of catching up to do. At the halfway point, during a caution for a car off in turn 3, Galante was given the signal to get into position behind the pace car and the leaders. Unbeknownst to him, the officials determined that he acted too soon and passed a car under caution.

Galante headed to the pits for fuel, tires and a driver change. Spencer Pumpelly hopped in, determined to make up for the very tough first half. It was then that race officials called in the bad news that the #17 would have to take a drive-through penalty for passing a car under caution. This was yet another frustrating setback for the team and its strategy. Despite everything, Pumpelly did a great job clawing for every point, working his way from nearly last place up to 11th. The team did salvage some points for the season but has already set their sights on the next race of this hotly contested series at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut on Saturday, July 22nd. Can't wait!

And to learn how you can help and honor a loved one by Racing to End Alzheimer's, head over to r2endalz.org !


A race to remember
Jul 14, 2017

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WATKINS GLEN — After a 7-week break in the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the [email protected] team was eager to attack the track at Watkins Glen International Raceway in beautiful upstate New York.

Leaders in the point standings – and winners of the Watkins Glen race in 2016 – drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly got off to a blazing start in practice. Not only were the drivers looking fast, the car was looking fast too, with a bold new livery promoting the nonprofit Racing to End Alzheimer’s initiative*.

Rain was in the forecast and on everyone’s mind. Just before Galante headed out for the qualifying session, a light shower soaked the track, but it was drying quickly as Nick aggressively used the curbs to lay down some good laps. Nearing the end of the session, driving all out, Galante set a new qualifying lap record! Beating the record previously set by Marc Miller in 2014 by .17 seconds, this was Nick’s first professional pole position – and a great start to the weekend!

On race day, the #17 and the #56 of Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss battled early for position, slightly gapping the remainder of the field. About 45 minutes into the race, the rain came back with a vengeance. Cars started to slip and slide, struggling to stay on the track. After a couple of cars crashed, race officials brought out the red flag, halting the race until the deteriorating conditions improved.

Within 10 minutes, the race resumed under a standing yellow caution as the cars navigated the track and tested the conditions. At this point, the pits were opened and most of the drivers, including Galante, headed in. The team decided to forego a tire change in a bold attempt to grab the lead from the #56. Spencer Pumpelly was belted in, the car was quickly fueled, and the #17 beat everyone out of the pits and into the top position.

The track was now dry and the restart was underway. Pumpelly was in the lead for the next 8 laps. After a couple of good passes from the #56 and two of the top Mini Coopers, Pumpelly was pushed back to 4th. Running solidly towards the end of the race, with just 3 crucial minutes remaining, the car started to slow. A low fuel pressure alarm came on, and the #17 was unable to continue – a tough end to a promising start.

The team still scored valuable points and was only pushed back to 3rd place in the overall Championship rankings – with many an exciting race still to come!


*Dedicated to raising money and awareness for Alzheimer’s research and care, Racing to End Alzheimer’s was set up by Legistics CEO Phil Frengs, with support from pro golfer (and fellow #17 sponsor) Rickie Fowler. The organization is providing donors with a unique opportunity to honor loved ones who are battling or have battled Alzheimer’s disease.

With a $250 donation on the website r2endalz.org, the name and hometown of each honoree will be emblazoned on the #17 during the penultimate race of the series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on September 23rd.


Racing to End Alzheimer's launches at Watkins Glen
Jul 1, 2017

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Pro golfer Rickie Fowler joins the team as Legistics' latest fundraising campaign gets underway!

A longtime racing enthusiast, Fowler is one of the sponsors of the #17 car that won last year’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. When co-sponsor Phil Frengs, CEO of Legistics, proposed that they dedicate the penultimate race of the season to raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research and support, Fowler was all in.

So now, instead of sponsorship logos blazing around the track on September 23, Fowler and Frengs have cleared the way for a high-visibility tribute to individuals and families affected by Alzheimer’s. To find out more about how you can join this high-powered team visit the brand new site r2endalz.org.



The competition heats up!
May 23, 2017

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CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICAS, AUSTIN, TEXAS — Nothing like a fast, fierce, take-no-prisoners rivalry to bring out the best in a championship team. That dynamic was on full display at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, on May 8th as Legistics/RS1 drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly engaged in an epic battle with their chief rivals for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship, Eric Foss and Jeff Mosing.

Foss and Mosing (an Austin resident on his home turf) had won the Circuit of the Americas race in 2016. Galante and Pumpelly were the defending 2016 season champions. Both teams were primed for a hard-fought rematch. Nick Galante qualified the Legistics/RS1 #17 Porsche Cayman in seventh position, but once the race started, he quickly blazed his way up to third. “Nick found a new gear!” said co-driver Spencer Pumpelly. “He was leaving the rest of the field behind, including guys that we’ve had good battles with in the past.”

Action was heating up at the front of the pack when the lead car caught fire, prompting a full course caution and a strategic pit stop for the #17. Despite an excellent performance by the Rennsport One pit team, Spencer Pumpelly exited the pit lane in third place. When green flag racing resumed, Pumpelly efficiently dispatched the second-place #84 BMW and set his sights on the lead #56 Porsche driven by Eric Foss.

“With about 40 minutes to go, I kept trying move after move after move,” Pumpelly said. “We had a great fight and a lot of fun. We bumped into each other a little bit, which wasn’t intentional, but no one spun. I got by a couple of times, but he came right back around me.”

Pumpelly made a heroic last-ditch effort on the final lap but came up 0.568 seconds short. After a fiercely fought race, Team Legistics/RS1 had to settle for second. Fortunately, during his stint Pumpelly set the fastest lap of the race, which earned the team a bonus point. That single point is what now separates Pumpelly and Galante from Foss and Mosing in the championship standings. (While Pumpelly set the fastest lap of the race, he did not break the lap record at Circuit of the Americas, which he himself set in 2015.)

“I want to thank the RS1 guys for giving us a really fast car that operated flawlessly all weekend,” Pumpelly said. “Nick was on fire this weekend and I’m really proud to see him get faster and improve his race craft. There’s no way we’d be up on the podium today without his massive opening stint.”

With such great collaboration – and great competition – the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season is shaping up to be a wild ride. The next action-packed race is Saturday, July 1, at Watkins Glen International in New York. Stay tuned!