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.
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!
Following a good third place showing at the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge inaugural race at Daytona in late January, the #17 Legistics/RS1/Rickie Fowler team headed to the grueling bumps of the historic Sebring Raceway in central Florida.
Faced with an unusual early morning qualifying slot, driver Nick Galante had his hands full trying to lay down an acceptable time before he and his tires had warmed up to optimum operating temperature. On the last lap, it all came together, and a wide-awake Galante muscled a fully responsive #17 into the 6th spot, their best qualifying position to date.
The green flag for the race flew on a perfectly cool Florida day. After a decent start, Nick had picked up a position by the completion of lap one. He dug in and held off all challengers lap after solid lap. When a car broke down on the track about an hour into the two-hour race, Nick capitalized on the opportunity to pit and switch drivers. He and the team executed a perfect pit stop, picking up another spot in the pit lane.
Spencer Pumpelly roared onto the track, put his foot down and started making his way toward the front of the pack. A good run coming off turn 17 and a great pass heading into turn 1 propelled the #17 Porsche Cayman into the third spot. The battle for dominance was close and fast. The #44 Nissan of Owen Trinkler (& Sarah Cattaneo) and the #56 Porsche of Eric Foss (& Jeff Mosing) were nose to tail in first and second place.
Locked in a fierce battle of wit and speed with only 3.5 minutes left in the race, the leaders headed into the slippery turn 15 side by side. With neither driver backing down, contact was inevitable. The #56 spun to the outside, the #44 slowed slightly to gather back onto the line – and the #17 pounced! With a split-second maneuver that drew gasps from the stands, Spencer took the lead and aggressively defended it against the considerable firepower of #44. With flawless driving over the final lap and a half of the race, Pumpelly clinched a big victory for the revved-up Legistics team.
Don’t miss our team’s next exciting race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on May 5th!
The fifth annual COPi Cup Golf Invitational was held on March 4-6 this year at the iconic Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill golf courses. Competition was fierce but friendly on the links, with 60 dedicated golfers vying for the coveted 2017 COPi Cup title. Off the course, participants banded together to raise a staggering $175,000 ($50,000 over the original goal) to fund higher education scholarships for the SCGA Junior Scholarship Program.
“I believe a great time was had by all, and as it has been in the past, the competition was intense. I am blown away by the generosity of our participants. To realize donations of more than $175,000 is rewarding to all who worked hard to organize and stage this event,” said Phil Frengs, President and CEO of Legistics, the founding COPi Cup sponsor. “But more importantly, it speaks to the willingness of these players to give back to the game, funding collegiate scholarships for the kids we reach through SCGA Junior.”