The Brief

Bringing the Heat: The July racing report​​
Jul 31, 2016

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It’s been a scorching hot summer for the RS1/Legistics/ racing team. After their dramatic first-place finish on July 2nd at Watkins Glen International Raceway (see the previous post for the exciting play-by-play), co-drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly headed north to Canadian Tire MotorSport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario for their July 7th race.

The team had a tough qualifying session, struggling to master the exceptionally fast and daunting track; as a result, they started the race from the 13th position out of 27 cars. After a good clean start, Nick maneuvered the No. 17 Porsche Cayman up to the 10th spot before handing the car off to his teammate at the halfway point in the race. Spencer went to work, methodically passing the field over the next dozen laps. With just 40 minutes remaining in the race, the No. 17 had advanced to the 4th position, and Pumpelly had the leaders in his sights.

Aggressive driving pays off

Battling through traffic, the car experienced light contact with one of the Audis in turn 5. Fortunately, damage was minimal, and Pumpelly was able to continue his relentless pursuit of the leaders. Seeing that his competitors’ tires were starting to wear and degrade, Spencer attacked and advanced to the lead with just 10 minutes remaining in the race. With the No. 44 Nissan breathing down his neck, Pumpelly was heading into a turn when his brakes momentarily locked up. The No. 17 took the turn wide and the No. 44 claimed the lead. Pumpelly crossed the finish line in 2nd place, with enough points to retain the teams’ lead in the season standings.

Hanging on tight at Lime Rock

The team would need all of those points as they headed to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut on July 22nd. The short racetrack is notorious for its tight, twisting turns, suiting the lighter cars much better than weightier entries like the No. 17 Porsche Cayman. Nick Galante qualified the car in 14th position and did a great job during the first half of the race steadily advancing towards the front. He handed the car off in 6th place at the half. Spencer Pumpelly had his work cut out for him as the nimble Mazda MX5’s held on to their advantage in the top three spots. Pumpelly drove his heart out trying to catch up with the leaders; due to his heroic efforts, the No. 17 was the top finishing Porsche in the race and 4th overall. It was enough for Team RS1 Legistics to retain its lead in the standings going into the crucial races in August.

Follow Galante and Pumpelly as they tear up the tracks in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Keep an eye on our blog posts for some exciting news from the Road America race on August 6th – as well as updates on the upcoming “March to Atlanta” (VA on 8/27; TX on 9/16 and the exciting FINAL in GA on 9/30).

First place finish!
Jul 7, 2016

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An ecstatic RS1 Legistics/ racing team celebrated a hard-fought victory on July 2nd at Watkins Glen International Raceway. Co-drivers Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly, racing the No. 17 Porsche Cayman, battled from behind to take the top prize in a race rife with crashes, contact and tough calls.

Heading in to qualifying with the threat of rain in the forecast, the team had a decision to make. Race officials had taken a “middle of the road” approach to the uncertain conditions, leaving it up to the racers to decide whether to run on faster dry tires or play it safe with slower rain tires. The RS1 team rolled the dice and took to the track with dry tires; 90% of the cars chose to run the race with rain tires. With parts of the track still wet from a rain-shower, the No. 17 found it tough going and qualified toward the back of the pack.

Nick Galante faced a daunting challenge going into the race. He had 20+ cars to pass in order to give his team a fighting chance at the podium. The race had barely begun when the No. 17 experienced light contact. Galante was still assessing the effects of his close call when all hell broke loose.

A wild ride

On just the second turn of the race, multiple cars crashed and veered off course; in the smoke and chaos that ensued, Galante made a series of split-second maneuvers, put his head down – and proceeded directly into “the zone.”

“Everything just started to click,” Galante said. “I’ve gotten to really know this car, I’ve figured out what it feels like on the ragged edge, so I can push it to its limits with some confidence.”

By the mid-point of the race, Galante had passed 22 cars; he shot into his first and only pit stop near the top of the pack. Galvanized by his performance, the crew performed a perfect pit stop – filling the tank, replacing the tires and changing drivers in lightning-fast succession.

Finishing strong

Now it was driver Spencer Pumpelly’s turn. Entering the race in 6th place, Pumpelly laid down one fast lap after another; he passed the lead car with an hour remaining in the race – and never looked back.

“So much has to go right to even finish a race,” Nick Galante said. “To win takes not just a great driver or a great car, it takes the right moves by every person involved. If a guy puts a $1.50 cap on the tire wrong, it can lose you the race. Our entire crew was amazing – this was definitely a team win.”

Now in first place in the standings in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Galante and Pumpelly will defend their lead at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Saturday, July 9th. Tune in for what promises to be another exciting race!

​Site wins Gold Award of Excellence
Jun 13, 2016

Gold Communicator AwardOnce again, our new website has been recognized by an international design competition. We’ve received a gold Award of Excellence from the 22nd Annual Communicator Awards. Our site was selected from among some 6,000 entries, as one of just four to be honored in the Law and Legal Services category.

“The work entered…serves as a benchmark in gauging the innovative ideas and capabilities of communications and marketing professionals around the world. Each year, our entrants continue to amaze by reinventing the ways we communicate and market in an ever-changing industry.” noted Linda Day, executive director of the AIVA, the organization that sanctions and judges the competition. The Academy of Interactive and Visual Art is an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a "Who's Who" of acclaimed media, advertising, and marketing firms.

Again, congrats to our design and marketing firm, FreeAssociates, and to their talented team: creative director Josh Freeman, designer Anat Rodan, writer Emily Hutta, videographers Joel Lipton & Carlos Gutierrez and developer Stephen Slater. We’re delighted to see their work applauded.

​Race notes: Another dramatic finish
May 12, 2016

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The #17 Rennsport One/Legistics Porsche Cayman continued its dramatic, hard-fought rise through the standings with another top-ten finish in round three of the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship. Despite the damages sustained in round two at Sebring raceway, the car and the team were raring to go at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca April 28-30. During practice sessions before the race, driver Spencer Pumpelly put the car at the top of the sheets with the fastest time of the entire weekend. Co-driver Nick Galante wasn’t far behind, with a series of great top ten times. Galante qualified the car in tenth place and was positioned to start the race strong on Saturday.

On race day, Galante was already in seventh position after three great opening laps when the brakes began to malfunction. The soft brake issue made the car progressively more difficult to handle, and Galante struggled to move closer to the front of the pack. Coming into turn two, Galante was pulling to the inside to pass when the driver in front of him hit the brakes abnormally early and both cars suffered some contact. The #17 held up well despite the hit and Galante maintained control, coming into the scheduled pit stop in 12th place.

The RS1 Team performed a perfect pit stop. With replenished fuel and fresh tires, Spencer Pumpelly took the wheel and flew onto the track. Slightly shocked at the effects of the damaged brakes, Pumpelly adjusted quickly, kept his head down, and drove the compromised car to an amazing sixth place finish in an inspiring display of gutsy, experienced driving. With yet another top ten finish under their belts, the team is now in second place for championship points this season. Round four in this nail-biter of a series will be in Watkins Glen, New York, on June 30th – July 2nd. Stay tuned to see what our remarkable Legistics-sponsored team will do next.