The Brief

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 !



A mid-season sizzler
Jun 30, 2018

Watkinsglen Champagne 960Px

WATKINS GLEN, NY — The final weekend in June was a scorcher in upstate New York. With temps in the mid-90s on race day at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in Watkins Glen, every team in attendance knew they were in for a mind-frying, tire-melting, four-hour test of sheer human and mechanical endurance.

For the #81 BimmerWorld Legistics/Veristor/YouRulz Racing to End Alzheimer’s team, things were heating up in more ways than one. At the top of the timing sheets in practice sessions, the team had a blazing fast qualifying run, with driver Devin Jones setting a new track record (previously set by teammate Nick Galante the year before). Meanwhile, the Racing to End Alzheimer’s tent was a hive of activity, with dedicated team members working full throttle to get the word out about this year’s revved up campaign to fund efforts to stop Alzheimer’s in its tracks.

A smokin' start

With the mercury soaring as the green flag came down, Devin Jones got off to a great start to take the lead into turn one. A crash up ahead in another class threw the field into chaos, forcing Jones to navigate around the mess, narrowly avoiding a potentially debilitating collision to maintain his lead in the ST class. By lap 15, Jones had extended his lead by over 8 seconds. Still holding the #1 position, he pitted for a full stop at the halfway point in the race.

Nick Galante tore onto the track for the remaining two-hour stint. Maintaining the lead, he pulled into the pit for a final fuel stop and fresh tires with an hour remaining on the clock. But something wasn’t right. A slight fuel leak tipped the crew to a rip in the fuel hose. The team made a strategic decision to send Galante back onto the track while repairs were made. He pitted again to receive the necessary fix and fuel to finish the race. Despite the lost time, the #81 quickly caught up with the field. Now in 4th place, Galante began his charge toward the front. With 20 minutes remaining, he was in 3rd and closing in on the points-leading car of Matt Pombo. After a five-lap battle, Galante executed a pass heading into the tight downhill turn #6 to claim the 2nd spot.

Keeping the heat on

With only 10 minutes left in the race, it looked like the team was going to cruise its way to at least a 2nd place finish. But this sizzler of a race wasn’t over yet. A car attempting a late pass failed to hold his line, slamming into the side of the #81. When Galante recovered from the subsequent spin, he was back in 3rd place. Keeping his head down and gunning it to close the gap, Galante was in position to capitalize when the points-leading car broke its drive shaft on the penultimate lap of the grueling four-hour race. The #81 claimed the 2nd spot after all – and rose to 2nd in the season points standings. All in all, a great result in a true pot boiler of a race.

Next up: The team heads over the border to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville Ontario. Watch the race live at imsa.com on Saturday July 7th at 2:55 ET.


May madness in mid-Ohio
May 14, 2018

Nick Interview Seq 960

LEXINGTON, OHIO — Unpredictable traffic on an unfamiliar track made for a wild ride at the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on May 5th.

With five years since the last series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, some of the drivers had never raced on the highly technical 2.258-mile track – and many others were feeling the pressure of getting reacquainted with the quirks of the course after such a long hiatus. Intermittent rain over the weekend meant that conditions were changeable, adding another level of uncertainty to the mix.

Despite the challenges, the BimmerWorld #81 BMW 328i sponsored by Legistics, Veristor and Racing to End Alzheimer’s (r2endalz.org), had an impressive run. Driver Nick Galante was blazing fast all weekend, setting a new ST track record with a time of 1:34.309 to earn the class pole.

On race day, Galante led for the first 15 laps before pitting for fuel on lap 17. In fifth place after the pit stop, he battled back to third by lap 30 – and reclaimed the lead on lap 36. Five laps later, Galante pitted to turn the wheel over to co-driver Devin Jones.

Starting his stint in fourth place, Jones soon found himself in heavy traffic, with some cars violating yellow flag procedures, causing confusion and congestion on the track. Even though he was a novice on the tricky Mid-Ohio course and dealing with adverse conditions, Jones set a solid pace and kept the car out of trouble, earning the BimmerWorld team another trip to the podium with a third place finish – and more points in the hard-fought battle for the ST season championship.

The next race for the Legistics/Veristor/r2endalz.org team will be over the June 28–July 1 weekend in Watkins Glen, New York.