The Brief

Another wild ride
Aug 26, 2017

Car Hood 960Px Lm5 0347 35819126513 O

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

R2Endalz Car Concept 1200X628

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!


Riding out the storm
Aug 9, 2017


ELKHART LAKE, WI — Rain was in the forecast (again!) for the weekend of August 4-6 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Having won on the world famous Road America course the previous season, team RS1/Legistics/rickiefowler.com was looking forward to a repeat performance on a track normally well suited to the powerful capabilities of their #17 Porsche Cayman. But unpredictable weather can lead to unpredictable results.

The first practice session of the weekend was canceled due to torrential downpours. The remaining two practice sessions commenced under soaking conditions, with teams only able to get in four laps in dry conditions to set up their cars for what was predicted to be a dry race.

Driver Nick Galante, proudly displaying the r2endalz.org livery to promote the nonprofit Racing to End Alzheimer’s initiative*, laid down some decent laps in the first ten minutes. On his best and final lap, Galante was set to jump from 10th to 7th when power suddenly cut out to his car as the checkered flag was flying. A fuel pump delay bled seconds from his time, costing the team a couple of spots on the starting grid.

Slipping and sliding

At the start of the race, all teams were on dry slick tires, relying on predictions that the still-wet track would dry out quickly after the light rain. It was a mismatched start, as many cars slipped and struggled to keep up with the pace car. Galante quickly found his pace and was able to hold his ground in the challenging conditions.

Just as the track was starting to dry, another brief shower re-soaked the course. The RS1 team opted to stick with their initial strategy and stay out on dry tires. It was a great call – as the track dried, Galante pressed his advantage and moved up from 8th to 6th position.

A little more than halfway through the race, an eager Spencer Pumpelly was readying to take over the wheel and claw back some points in the championship fight. Galante, now up to 4th place, headed toward the pits for a driver change and full service. Just 200 feet before Galante hit the pit lane, the track went into a full course caution for two cars disabled on the track. With the pits closed, all cars on the track did caution laps behind the pace car as black clouds loomed overhead.

Racing to End Alzheimer's #17 gets checked out during practiceSuddenly the race officials called all cars to the pit lane, placing the track under a red flag due to lightning in the area. Just as the cars reported to the pits, the skies opened up with a heavy downpour. Thunder clapped and lightning flashed as the stranded drivers rode out the storm in the parc fermé area, unable to receive assistance from their crews.

After 30 minutes in their hot and oppressively humid cars, the drivers were informed that the race was officially being declared over. The RS1 team would have to settle for a 4th place finish in this dramatic and unusual “lightning round” of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Up next: Virginia International Raceway on August 26th.

* There’s still time to honor the people in your life who have suffered from Alzheimer’s disease with a unique remembrance sponsored by the non-profit Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation. For a donation of $250, their names will be featured on the #17 RS1/Legistics/RickieFowler.com racecar during the penultimate race of the 2017 season. For more information, visit r2endalz.org.


Up against the odds
Jul 30, 2017

2017 Limerock Pitcrew 960Px

LAKEVILLE, CT — Every racetrack has its own distinct “personality” and unique quirks. Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, is the shortest course (just 1.53 miles) of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. It’s also the only track where all but one of the seven turns are right hand turns. That makes the track unusually tough on the left side tires of all of the cars. It also means that the track tends to favor the nimble and lighter cars, relegating horsepower to secondary importance.

Team RS1/Legistics/RickieFowler.com arrived at Lime Rock Park on July 22nd knowing they had their work cut out for them. With only a week to prepare for the race, teams were all feeling the pressure of being on the road so often in the heart of this busy season. But the #17 team had the added pressure of knowing that their powerful Porsche Cayman would be at a disadvantage right from the start.

Driver Nick Galante headed out for qualifying with an extra measure of determination, knowing that every tenth of a second would affect crucial grid position. Galante laid down a great lap to secure the 8th starting position next to the rival #56 Porsche of Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss, which qualified at 7th. All of the cars that qualified in front of these two Porsches were lighter cars, primarily the nimble Mazda MX5 Miatas.

Nick started the race well and was able to pick up a spot before turn one, moving up to 7th. The #56 had some first lap contact and went down for repairs. Meanwhile, Galante was being hounded by fellow racer Liam Dwyer in the #26 Mazda. The two ran nose to tail for almost an hour, with Dwyer trying every trick in his repertoire to get by. About halfway through the race, Galante made his move up to the 6th spot.

With the Mazdas running strong in the 1,2,3 positions, Team Legistics decided to go with a strategic roll of the dice. They opted to pit, do a driver change, fill fuel and replace only the left side tires to save precious time. Hot shoe Spencer Pumpelly exploded out of the pits, eager to give the Mazdas a run for their money. Moving through the field, from 6th to 4th, Spencer was closing in on the 3rd and 2nd place cars when time simply ran out.

The #17 would have to settle for being the fastest Porsche on a day when the odds were truly stacked against them. The team was well satisfied with the result – they were able to claw back some valuable points and move back into 2nd position for the season championship.


In a striking contrast, the next race will be August 4-6 in Elkhart Lake, WI at Road America, the longest track of the season. Team Legistics, sporting their Racing to End Alzheimer’s* livery, will be looking good in more ways than one.

* The non-profit Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation is dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the cutting edge research, treatment and support services that will end the scourge Alzheimer’s disease once and for all. For a donation of $250, the name and hometown of a person you want to honor — a current sufferer or someone you’d like to remember — will be featured on the #17 RS1/Legistics/RickieFowler.com racecar during the penultimate race of the 2017 season. For more information, visit r2endalz.org.