The Brief

An all-out effort
Oct 6, 2017

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ROAD ATLANTA, GEORGIA — Second in the standings coming into their final race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly were determined to lay it all on the line in pursuit of the 2017 season championship.

The day started well, with Galante qualifying the #17 Porsche Cayman in 12thposition and working his way steadily up to 9th during the first half of the two-hour race. After another in a season-long string of precision pit stops by the hard-working RS1 crew, Pumpelly exited the pits in 12th position and attacked the track in his signature aggressive style. The #17 was soon back in 9th position and engaged in a pitched battle for advantage in a close-packed field of cars.

Pushing hard in an all-out effort to secure the championship win, Spencer suddenly clipped the exit curbing on turn 5! The unexpected high-speed contact sent the car lurching into the wall, irreparably damaging the front radiator. With a half hour still on the clock, the race was over for the #17.

Even with such a dramatically curtailed finish at Road Atlanta, the Legistics/Racing To End Alzheimer’s/Rickie Fowler/RS1 team still placed a highly respectable 3rd in the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship. In a sport renowned for its unpredictability and sudden turns of fortune, what truly sets the champions apart is not victory or defeat, but dedication and collaboration.

Congratulations to our entire dedicated team for another remarkable season!


​Holding their own
Sep 23, 2017

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LAGUNA SECA, CALIFORNIA — There was a lot riding on the penultimate race of the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for the Legistics/Rickie Fowler/RS1 team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

The race (on driver Nick Galante’s home track in Monterey, California) would be the culminating event of the first-ever Racing to End Alzheimer’s initiative to raise funds for Alzheimer’s research. Instead of its usual team and sponsor logos, the #17 Porsche Cayman would be sporting a dramatic new livery emblazoned with the names of individuals whose lives were forever altered by Alzheimer’s disease. With Legistics CEO Phil Frengs covering all expenses associated with the charity, 100% of the proceeds would be donated to the search for a cure. And awareness of the battle to end the ravages of Alzheimer’s disease would be ratcheted up with every turn around the track. The team was excited to be part of such a meaningful and highly anticipated event.

At the same time, the #17 was under enormous pressure in the standings. In second place with just two races remaining in the season, the team knew that their powerful Porsche would be at a disadvantage on this small track with the kind of tight turns and short straights better suited to more nimble cars. The previous three years, Mazdas had dominated the podium. Adding to the tension was the fact that this would be the first time the race would clock in at four hours – a serious test of endurance and strategy at a juncture when drivers, crews and cars were all feeling the wear and tear of their long, roller-coaster season.

Driver Nick Galante qualified the #17 in the 11th spot despite the nimble field. He had a good start and held his position through the first hour of the race. In a tight battle with a BMW and a Mini Cooper, Galante outmaneuvered the challengers and moved up two crucial positions. After a perfectly executed pit stop at the halfway point, co-driver Spencer Pumpelly sprang into action, working his way from 9th position to 7th by the end of the race. With that solid result, the #17 narrowed the gap on the championship leader, the #56 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman, which finished in 13th place.

But a 16-point gap remained. And the #17 team would need everything to come together perfectly in their final race to defend their 2016 championship title.


Another wild ride
Aug 26, 2017

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ALTON, VA — With the championship title still in their sights, the RS1/Legistics/rickiefowler.com team headed to Alton, Virginia, and the challenging 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course at Virginia International Raceway. The heat was on – both in terms of the fiercely fought Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge battle for points, and the weather forecast for the final weekend of the summer.

Proudly displaying the livery of the nonprofit Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation*, driver Nick Galante started the race in the 8th position on the grid. Heading into turn one, Galante found himself all over the bumper of one of the Mazdas. Lap after lap, he kept the pressure on but couldn’t find a way to get by. About 40 minutes into the race, a GS McLaren shoved past the #17 Porsche Cayman at the apex of turn 12, damaging the passenger door and nearly knocking the car off course. Fighting to maintain control, Galante forged ahead into the fray. It was then that he spotted the #56 of Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss, the team’s chief rivals for the top spot in the season championship.

Focusing on the game at hand, Nick closed the gap with the #56 and made the much-needed pass. But then it was déjá vu all over again as Galante found himself riding the bumper of the same Mazda that had plagued him earlier in the race. Seeing an opportunity to try for the pass heading into turn one, Nick went for it. He was a little late on the brakes and almost collided with one of the Mini Coopers ahead. The #17 wound up in the grass momentarily – and the #56 blazed back by!

At this inauspicious point in the race, a full caution was called and a safety car was deployed for a disabled car on the track. As the minutes ticked by and frustration mounted, the #17 began to stumble. The motor was choking – the car was running out of gas! Galante nursed the car into the pits for an emergency fuel stop, no driver change allowed. Galante would have to go back around again before turning the hot seat over to Spencer Pumpelly.

Galante dove into the pits for a second time and Pumpelly took over. The veteran driver went on the attack, clawing back position after position. He hunted down and passed the #56 in the same spot between turn 11 and 12 where he’d overtaken the rival car the year before. By the time he ran out of time and track, he’d fought his way back to a respectable 7th place – in yet another wild ride in a spectacularly wild season.

* The #17 Porsche Cayman will be emblazoned with the names of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease at the penultimate race of the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in Laguna Seca on September 23rd. The first annual Racing to End Alzheimer’s event will raise much-needed funding for Alzheimer’s research, care and outreach. For more information, visit r2endalz.org.


IMSA.TV highlights Racing to End Alzheimer's
Aug 23, 2017

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We're excited that the IMSA has picked up on our Racing to End Alzheimer's campaign and has posted an article about it on their website. We've also gotten support from PGA golf star Rickie Fowler via Instagram.

Traffic to our website is up and the excitement is building as racing fans look forward to September 23, when the corporate sponsor logos will be removed from our championship #17 Porsche Cayman and replaced with the names of their loved ones who have been victimized by dementia.

Help us fight this terrible disease that affects 5 million Americans and many millions of their family members, friends and caregivers. Show the world that you care on national television when the race is broadcast via Fox Sports on FS1. Go to r2endalz.org and add the name of someone you care about to our car. Thanks!