The Brief

The dream scenario
Oct 28, 2016

Atlanta Out Front 960Px

There’s talent, there’s preparation, there’s determination…and then there’s that most elusive of all factors – luck.

Team RS1/Legistics would need them all in the final race of the 2016 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge in Braselton, Georgia on September 30th. Trailing by 8 points in the championship, the team had to have an absolutely perfect weekend. It was do or die time.

Mathematically the #17 Porsche could still win it all if they came in 1st in the Road Atlanta race – and if the current point leaders in the #25 Mazda finished in 5th place or lower. It was a tall order on both counts, but the RS1/Legistics team had dominated all season long – and they were ready to dance.

Driver Nick Galante headed out for qualifying with the tough task of driving aggressively enough to secure a position towards the front of the pack without risking damage to the car. The crash of another car on the second lap of qualifying meant that all of the cars were only able to complete one flying lap. Nick was able to qualify in 11th position on his single lap, a solid place from which to commence the fight to the season finish.

Obstacle course

After a good start in the race, Nick was working his way toward the front when a car veered off the track and into the wall. As the cars formed up for a restart, a collision up front just before the green flag forced Nick to react to avoid the melee. Keeping the car clean and damage free came at the cost of two positions.

Moments later, yet another car spun off and into the wall, resulting in another full course caution. Team RS1/Legistics decided to use the opportunity for a full pit stop – driver change, new tires and a full tank of fuel. The adrenaline-fueled team handled the crucial pit stop perfectly, and “Hot Shoe” Spencer Pumpelly took to the track with a vengeance.

With the #25 Mazda in the lead, Spencer battled his way to 4th position with 50 minutes remaining in the championship race. At 28 minutes, the #17 Porsche was locked in an epic struggle with its chief rival. During a brilliant run down the back straightaway, Spencer dove to the inside and took the lead! Never backing down, the experienced driver widened the gap over the next couple of laps.

Fate steps in

But even a comfortable spot in front wouldn’t be enough to clinch the championship. The #25’s drivers, Steven McAleer and Chad McCumbee, had fought clean and hard all season; currently in second place in the race, they would have to drop to fifth for Team RS1/Legistics to win the season crown. It was an unlikely scenario.

Then, just like that, the seemingly impossible happened. The #25 Mazda began to slow up. Like a scene from a Hollywood movie, little puffs of smoke poured from the obviously wounded racecar. 18 minutes from the finish of the race, the only car that stood between Team RS1/Legistics and the title was forced to retire with a blown engine. The bad luck that had dogged the #17 in the previous two races had just caught up with their main rivals. Having run a gutsy, never-say-die race, Team RS1/Legistics was perfectly positioned to capitalize on the opportunity.

With a clear view to the finish line, Spencer brought home the win, and with it the championship title! It was a stunning finish to a dramatic season – and an enduring testament to the power of perseverance, positive thinking – and collaboration.

The nightmare scenario
Oct 24, 2016

Austin 960Px

6 points. That’s all the advantage that Team RS1/Legistics had left.

With the #17 Porsche Cayman dried out, cleaned up and ready to go after a serious soaking in Virginia, the team headed to the world-class Formula One Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on September 16th. Anxious to shake off their disappointing finish in the previous race, all hands were on deck, running through every possibility and checking out every nut, bolt and component on the car. With the stakes so high and the season now so short, parts of the car that usually last six races were being replaced every race. The pressure was well and truly on.

Driver Nick Galante headed out for the warm-up lap, poised to start the race from the 18th position. Halfway around the track, he placed an urgent call to the team: The car was stuck in 2nd gear! With only 45 seconds until the start of the actual race, the team scrambled to find a solution. With sinking hearts, they realized that nothing could be done from inside the car. Nick was forced to pit, missing the start of the race. This was a nightmare scenario, as the team watched their hard-won season points dissolving with every passing second.

The expert crew quickly found the problem: the brand new shift cable had popped off the transmission. The team slammed it back on, and Nick hurtled back into the fray. But bad luck was riding with the team. On the same stretch of track, the cable broke again – and this time the #17 was stuck in neutral! As the other cars raced by, Nick was forced to the side of the track. A tow truck had to deliver the car back to the team’s hauler where the shift cables were changed. Nick gamely reentered the race, many laps down, to complete his minimum drive time. Co-driver Spencer Pumpelly took over, giving it everything he had in a desperate bid to finish the race and salvage any points they could. It was a rough ride for the team, which finished 22nd, but they stayed strong and united through the difficulties and disappointments. Down in the standings – and with only one race left – Team RS1/Legistics turned their sights to Atlanta.

Don’t miss the exciting finale to an amazing and action-packed season! Read on.

Legistics wins Silver from Graphis Design Annual
Oct 20, 2016

Design Annual2017 S 960Px

Graphis magazine is one of the most prestigious publications in the graphic design industry. And being accepted into their 2017 Design Annual is truly an honor.

Our re-branding of the COPi Companies as Legistics recently won a Silver award in the very competitive Branding category. We're proud of the award, but prouder still of the work we do. We've moved Legistics into a new mode, leaving behind our 1980's copy-centric identity and creating a brand that speaks to the broader, deeper collaborative relationships we bring to large law firms as Professionals at Practice Support.

Our re-branding included renaming the company, developing a logo, and then redesigning everything from a new website (which has won awards itself) to forms, signage, document boxes (our most visible form of "advertising"), uniforms, delivery trucks and even the race car that competed in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge this season.

Take a look at some of the program elements on the Graphis website. And congratulations to creative director Josh Freeman and his talented FreeAssociates for creating this bold, exciting solution.

A wild ride
Sep 6, 2016

Rainy Porsche

Mother Nature reminded the racing world who’s boss on August 27th in Alton, Virginia. Going into race 8 of the grueling 10-race IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the heat was truly on. Triple digit temperatures sparked extreme concern among the competitors and event organizers. Drivers took extra precautions to stay hydrated, and the cars were allowed additional cooling measures to handle the heat.

Team RS1/Legistics entered the weekend as the season’s point leaders. Nick Galante and Spencer Pumpelly started the #17 Porsche from the 16th spot. After a great start, Nick had passed three cars by turn one. He was settling into hunt mode and moving towards the front when everything changed.

Thundering around the track

The skies suddenly and unexpectedly turned dark; within a matter of moments, a violent downpour dramatically disrupted the course of the race. With deep puddles forming, thunder and lightning overhead, and cars flying off the track on all sides, the team made the decision to pit earlier rather than later for rain tires.

Just as Nick was being sent back out, the race went into a full course caution period. Cars slowly picked their way around the dangerous track, some with limited or no visibility because of fogged windshields and pouring rain. In the fury of the storm, tents from the stands and the paddock were being ripped from the ground. The timing and scoring mechanisms that monitor every car malfunctioned due to power outages. Safety workers and the flag crew were told to stand down for safety reasons. In the chaos, a red flag period was called. All cars were called to the pits to wait out the storm.

Time running out

The rain finally let up about a half hour later, and the race resumed on a wet track. When Nick handed off to Spencer Pumpelly with 58 minutes remaining, Spencer roared out of the pits in 21st place. Relentlessly picking off car after car, the #17 had maneuvered its way to 16th when the adrenaline-fueled team simply ran out of time. Despite the wild antics of Mother Nature, Team RS1/Legistics/ remains in first place with a 6-point lead in the series. The excitement is sure to continue as the team heads to Austin, Texas on September 16th for the penultimate race on a state-of-the-art, Formula-1-designed super-track. Don’t miss it!