The Brief

A sudden turn of fate
Jun 30, 2019

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Watkins Glen International Raceway
Saturday, June 29, 2019
Watkins Glen, NY

Every team participating in the grueling 4-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Watkins Glen International Raceway was obsessed with the subject of tires. Running on slicks all week during dry practice runs, they were all too aware that rain in the forecast for race day could force them to change setup and strategy at a moment’s notice.

To pit or not to pit

When the showers finally hit late in the race, teams were forced to make the dreaded decision about whether to stick with their slick tires – or switch to wets for the remainder of the race.

Initially it looked like those that opted to pit for rain tires had made the right decision as they began to pass cars sliding around on slicks. But fortunes can be fickle, and the rain stopped as suddenly as it had started. As the track began to dry, teams that had stuck with their slick tires were able to reclaim the advantage.

A crashing denouement

Unfortunately for the Legistics/Racing To End Alzheimer's/FastMD/Speed Syndicate team, while tires did indeed prove to be their undoing at Watkin’s Glen, it was not for the anticipated reasons.

Midway through the race – and well before the rain began to fall – the #23 Audi RS3 driven by Nick Galante was battling for the TCR lead with the #54 helmed by Mikey Taylor. Coming into a tricky turn 8, a sudden puncture in the front tire of the #54 had Taylor battling for control of his car.

With split-second reflexes, Galante swerved to an outside line to avoid contact. But Taylor wasn’t able to keep his radius small, veering wide into the path of the #23. Both cars careened off the track in a collision that marked the end of the race for both race leaders.

With major damage to the #23 far from home, the team will have to throw everything they have into readying for their next race the following weekend in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Weathering adversity
May 25, 2019

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Acura Sports Car Challenge
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
May 3-5, 2019

LEXINGTON, OHIO - The perfect storm. That’s what the Legistics/Racing to End Alzheimer's/FastMD/Speed Syndicate team ran up against earlier this month.

A dicey forecast
The most obvious challenge was the actual weather. With intermittent rain in the forecast throughout the weekend, every team on the track was forced to gamble on the timing and impact of the wet/dry conditions. From choosing the appropriate tires to gauging how fast to take the next turn, every decision was complicated by the unpredictable nature of those capricious spring showers.

A major challenge
Coming into qualifying, the #23 team was already on edge. Forced to replace a motor during the practice sessions, the risks and uncertainty of such a major last-minute change were top-of-mind for everyone involved. Driver Nick Galante headed onto the track for the 15-minute qualifying session just as a light rain began to fall. With track conditions already deteriorating, Galante couldn’t afford to hold back. Navigating heavy traffic, he put his head down and his doubts aside to qualify a respectable 4th in a grid of 15 cars.

The final blow
At the start of the race, Galante was shuffled back a couple of spots due to heavy traffic and light contact up ahead. Coming around turn two on the second lap, one of the GS cars hit a puddle and slid, slamming into the #23 and pushing it off the track. Galante was able to avoid hitting the wall, but the car picked up grass and debris, blocking the radiator. The engine temp instantly began to rise, forcing Galante to pit to address the problem. Once back on the track, Galante battled hard to close the big gap left by the unfortunate mishap.

At the halfway point of the race, driver James Vance took over. With fresh tires and a full tank of fuel, Vance set a scorching pace, picking off competitors and running some of the fastest times of the weekend. But as another light shower slicked the track, the motor once again began to show the effects of the rough earlier off. With the temperature rising precipitously, the car went into “limp” mode, and the team had no choice but to pull onto the infield and retire from the race.

Redemption – and crucial points – will be at stake in the next race of the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge on June 27-30 at Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen in Watkins Glen, NY.

For the first time this season, the #23 Audi RS3 took to the track sporting livery honoring those whose lives have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease. For the remainder of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, donors will have the opportunity to add the names of their loved ones to the #23, a moving and unique tribute facilitated by the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation.

Watch the full Mid-Ohio race here.

Legistics calendar wins gold Communicator Award
May 14, 2019

2019 Calendar Cover

Each year, we create a calendar for our customers' employees. Our goal is to make these publications interesting enough that people will enjoy them and keep them on their desks, even though we recognize that most people use digital solutions for their day-to-day scheduling.

For 2019, we focused on "The Face of Justice: Pioneering Women Jurists" and commissioned six talented artists to create portraits of these international legal visionaries. The results are beautiful, intriguing and emotionally resonant.

Congratulations to our design agency FreeAssociates and to the illustrators — Agata Nowicka, Andrea Ventura, Florian Nicolle, Pep Montserrat, Sonia Pullido and Żaneta Antosik — for creating such a powerful piece.

A quarter of a million dollars in a weekend
Apr 10, 2019

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That's how much money we raised for scholarships at the seventh annual COPi Cup Invitational Pro-Am Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach. ($223,785 to be perfectly accurate.)

Conceived and sponsored by Legistics, the fundraiser is named after our firm's forerunner, The COPi Companies.

The COPi Cup is a 2-day event celebrating "Camaraderie, Competition and Charity". It was created to fund scholarships for underserved kids who are often the first members of their families to attend college.

This financial assistance is provided by the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation, but eligibility is not about competitive performance or athletic scholarships. Instead, through their involvement with SCGA Junior, these high schoolers become eligible for aid based on their leadership skills, their academic achievement, their committed participation and their mentorship to younger golfers.

Many of our generous participants and matching sponsors have returned every year since we started The COPi Cup in 2013. To date, we've raised over $860,000 and changed the lives of dozens of kids and their families.

For that, we (and they) are truly grateful.