SEBRING, FLORIDA — Sebring International Raceway has a reputation as a rough ride. The historic track in the heart of Florida is 3.74 miles of jarring bumps and unpredictable turns. There’s not another track like it, and the two-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series race in mid-March posed unique challenges for even the most experienced cars, drivers and crews.
The track was already hot when the #81 Legistics/Veristor/YouRulz/r2endalz.org BMW 328i driven by Nick Galante started the race from third position and quickly took the lead. The run up front was short-lived, however, as the 2nd place Mini made contact in an effort to pass – and both cars spun out.
“I had some pressure from the No. 37 Mini and out of nowhere, I got hit,” Galante said. “It seemed like it came from very far back, so I didn’t see it coming. Luckily, our car wasn’t that damaged. It went from 100 percent to about 95 percent. The contact knocked some toe out of the rear, which may have actually helped it turn better in some of the turns. I hunted down the other ST cars and regained the lead again four laps later.”
Overall, the #81 led a total of 14 laps through the race. But fate had other plans for the BimmerWorld BMW. The team was forced to pit for emergency fuel under a yellow flag while the pits were closed. That drew a 60-second penalty. A few laps later, the car made its only scheduled pit stop, and co-driver Devin Jones took the controls. Hoping for another yellow to give them a fighting chance after the costly drive-through penalty, the team discovered that they had a sensor issue and were running low on power. They finished the race in 5th place.
“It was just one of those days,” Jones said. “The BimmerWorld guys did a great job getting the car prepared, and we’ll get back up there for Mid-Ohio. The car has the speed; we just have to work some of the kinks out of it and we’ll be good.”
Despite the disappointing finish at Sebring, the team is still in second place in the championship standings going in to the next event May 4-6 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Stay tuned – the season is just getting started!
March came in like a lion this year at the 6th Annual COPi Cup Invitational Pro-Am golf tournament sponsored by Legistics. While the weather was sunny and clear, it was the blizzard of giving that distinguished this bracing weekend of “Competition, Camaraderie and Charity.”
Held on the legendary links at Pebble Beach and Spyglass Hill from March 3-5, the interclub COPi Cup event attracted 21 teams vying for the trophy and its attendant bragging rights. Amid fierce rivalries and friendly ribbing, the quartet of Ron Skayhan, PGA pro and members Marc Myers, Buddy Pepp and Arnold Rosenstein from Hillcrest CC emerged victorious. Separately, John McMullen, Director of Golf at Hillcrest CC, was the low professional.
But the competition on the links was only one part of the story.
Through sponsorships by Legistics, and with support from clothier Matte Grey; donations from COPi Cup alumni and friends; tournament entry fees and on-site scholarship pledges (matched again this year by SCGA Foundation President Phil Frengs and several other SCGA Foundation board members: Scott Chernoff, Matt Lyons, Pat Baxter, Suzanne Kelley, Keenan Barber and John Kobara), the 2018 COPi Cup raised a record $213,650 for the Junior Scholarship Fund of the Southern California Golf Association (SCGA Junior).
Funds raised through events like the COPi Cup have enabled the Foundation to award over $1 million in scholarships over the past ten years to deserving Southern California students.
"We're thrilled about the growth of the event and the wonderful generosity of our donors and players in their support of the SCGA Junior Scholarship fund," said Phil Frengs. "The bottom line is that more kids will have the opportunity to complete their educations and achieve their loftiest goals. That’s a big win for all of us.”
DAYTONA BEACH — The action-packed season opener for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series – the 2018 BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway – took place on January 26th in Daytona Beach, Florida. For four hours, competitors in the Street Tuner (ST) class battled for strategic and power advantages on one of the racing world’s most iconic tracks. In the end, it all came down to teamwork.
For the No. 81 Legistics/Veristor/YouRulz/r2endalz.org BMW, the day started well. Driver Devin Jones won a prolonged shoot-out in the final seconds of qualifying to grab the pole and qualify for the race in first position. Taking full advantage of that prime positioning, Jones got a clean start and led the field for the first quarter of the race. After a couple of pit stops, Jones found himself in third, but he soon hunted down the pack and reclaimed the lead.
With an hour and forty minutes left in the race, Jones pulled into the pits for a full stop – fuel, tires and a driver change. The BimmerWorld crew executed the stop flawlessly, and co-driver Nick Galante roared back onto the track to take up the charge. Galante went on the defensive, aggressively protecting the lead as the other cars kept up relentless pressure, turning the track into a virtual obstacle course. Never surrendering its dominant position up front, the No. 81 flew across the finish line in first place for the win. A great start to a brand new season with a brand new team!
The next race in the high-stakes IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series will be on March 17th at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.
2018 is shaping up to be a landmark year for Legistics, the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation and veteran racecar driver Nick Galante. Taking on the manifold twists and turns of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series with a new car, new team and new co-driver, Galante is looking to keep the winning streak (which includes the 2016 series title) going. His longtime sponsor, Legistics CEO and Racing to End Alzheimer’s founder Phil Frengs, is committed to providing crucial support every fiercely contested mile of the way.
This season, the Legistics/r2endalz.org livery will be proudly displayed on the No. 81 BMW 328i fielded by BimmerWorld Racing in the ST (Street Tuner) class of the series. For co-drivers Nick Galante and Devin Jones, there were quite a few unknowns entering the new year. How hard would it be to switch from racing the normally-aspirated Porsche Caymans they had been driving to a turbocharged F30 328i in-line four BMW? How quickly could they get a feel for their new car and crew? How would these two drivers, formerly competitors, mesh as collaborators?
In search of answers, the entire BimmerWorld team headed in early January to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida for the “Roar Before the 24” test days, a prequel to the season opener on the same track later in the month. The outing was a resounding success. The drivers, crew and car (consummate professionals all) turned out to be well matched. The No. 81 consistently posted the fastest times of the weekend. And the team built invaluable rapport and momentum heading into a grueling season. The only question left: How far (and how fast) will this high-performance team go? Stay tuned.