The Brief

​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.

Handling the heat
Apr 19, 2016

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IT WASN’T JUST THE SWELTERING FLORIDA WEATHER that ratcheted up the heat for the Legistics-sponsored No. 17 Porsche Cayman during the second round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge on March 21 in Sebring, Florida.

Teammates Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly, coming off their strong finish at Daytona, had high hopes for another decisive performance at Sebring. During practice, the No. 17 seemed to handle the Florida heat better than many other ST entrants. Galante qualified in seventh place and was doing well at the start of the two-hour race. And then everything changed.

Galante began to experience trouble with the handling of the car. The crew determined that a moment of contact with another racecar had broken the Cayman’s front sway bar drop link, resulting in a significant amount of oversteer. Galante managed to keep his cool, maintain control, and bring the car in for a scheduled pit stop and driver change. Now it was Pumpelly’s turn to face the heat, the pressure and the crazy uncertainty of driving a compromised car.

Pumpelly roared onto the track. Going head-to-head with another Cayman, he suddenly lost the Automatic Braking System (ABS).

“As a driver, when you assume you have ABS, you’re hitting the brake pedal pretty hard,” Pumpelly said. “In the Cayman, without ABS, all the brake bias goes to the rear. As I was trying to recycle the ignition and the master to get the ABS back, the car shut off.”

Adjusting quickly, Pumpelly got the No. 17 back into the race. Without ABS, he had to push the brake pedal right up to the moment of lock up every time without overstepping; otherwise the wheels would freeze and wreak havoc on the tires.

Despite the extraordinary challenges, Pumpelly and Galante still managed to pull out a top-10 finish for Rennsport One, Legistics and new sponsor (pro golfer) Rickie Fowler. The team took home valuable championship points from Sebring to bank with their dominating Daytona performance – and proved once again that they can handle whatever heat comes their way.

The next race for the No. 17 is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on April 30. We’d love to see you there!

Dramatic second place finish at Daytona season opener​
Feb 5, 2016

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Left to right: Spencer Pumpelly, Phil Frengs and Nick Galante celebrate at Daytona. Sponsorship from Legistics and team support from Rennsport One.

The 2016 racing season got off to a fantastic start on January 29th as Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly charged to a thrilling second place finish in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway. In their inaugural appearance as co-drivers of the Legistics-sponsored No. 17 Porsche Cayman, the veteran Pumpelly and the up-and-coming Galante demonstrated the transformative power of great collaboration.

The day didn’t start out particularly well. Driving a new car under rainy conditions, Galante qualified a disappointing 14th out of 29 cars in the ST class. But like all great athletes, he quickly mastered the learning curve. By race time, the track was dry and Nick was raring to go. With every passing lap, he became more comfortable with the car and more aggressive in his approach. Galante had advanced to 6th place by the time he handed the warmed-up Porsche over to Pumpelly at a pit stop halfway through the caution. After a nerve-wracking delay due to a broken fuel light, Pumpelly roared onto the track.

Pumpelly drew on his considerable experience, talent and skill to capitalize on Galante’s solid showing. Driving strategically throughout the second half, Spencer pounced with only minutes left in the race. In a heart-pounding finish, Team R1’s No. 17 raced past the third and second place drivers to claim second place – and a coveted spot on the podium. Not a bad beginning for a brand new team.

​Gearing up for an exciting 2016 racing season​​
Jan 25, 2016

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New car. New co-driver. New team.

The 2016 racing season is shaping up to be the most exciting ever for Legistics. This year, veteran driver Spencer Pumpelly will join Nick Galante in a Legistics-sponsored Porsche Cayman for the RS1 team. “It’s really an exciting collaboration,” said Legistics CEO, Phil Frengs. “I can’t wait for the season to start so we can see where all of this new energy leads.”Pumpelly is an inspiring addition to the team. The only driver to win in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire Challenge in 2015, he has 93 career races in the Continental Tire Challenge, with nine victories, 23 podiums, three poles and 49 top 10 finishes.

Pumpelly and Galante will be driving the RS1 team’s No. 17 Porsche, which will be all new for 2016. The previous No. 17 took a major hit in a 2015 race, and although the team patched it up and went on to win more races, the car was never the same. For the 2016 season, the RS1 team took the opportunity to make a great car even better, building a new version from the ground up and dedicating significant time to testing.

The result: The Legistics-sponsored No. 17 Porsche Cayman will be a racecar worth watching.

Catch No. 17’s first race of the season on Friday, January 29, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.