The Brief

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.

That's the brake
Mar 26, 2019

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Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge
March 13-16, Sebring, FL

There are times in racing when the simple act of crossing the finish line is its own kind of victory. For the Legistics/Racing to End Alzheimer's/FastMD/Speed Syndicate team – plagued by major mechanical issues all weekend – the race at Sebring International Raceway was a master class in sheer grit and shared determination.

The problems for the #23 Audi RS3 started on the first full day of practice. Fuel issues and brake trouble meant that valuable time on the track was sacrificed to troubleshooting the car. Short on practice and grappling with ongoing mechanical problems, the team had to settle for 11th position at qualifying.

A harrowing start
At the start of the race, driver Nick Galante immediately picked off two spots to take 9th position. A rough first lap with lots of collisions resulted in a full course caution to clean up the mess. At the restart, Galante fought his way to 7th position before his brakes started to falter. Easing off on the pressure and braking much earlier than before, Galante thought the brakes had stabilized. Then his foot went all the way to the floor coming out of the 140-mph braking zone of turn 7.

“I was able to scrub off a couple of mph but was heading for the wall straight in. Luckily this was the first racecar I’ve been in that had a hand brake. So to save the motor and radiator, just before hitting the wall, I pulled the hand brake and spun the car around, somehow backing the car in perfectly squarely. The car made it back to the pits, where the skilled guys from Speed Syndicate were able to get the brakes working again. Kinda.”

A heroic finish
Down two laps at this point, many teams would have parked the car and licked their wounds. With valuable season points for finishing the race at stake, the r2endalz team decided to go for it. At the halfway point, James Vance took the wheel and got to work trying to make up for lost time.

With 10 minutes remaining in the race, the brakes failed completely and the car was once again careening toward the wall. Vance managed to avoid impact, but he had to resort to using the hand brake, which quickly overheated. For the final 1.5 laps, Vance struggled to keep the car on the track with no working brakes. None. Under those circumstances, crossing the finish line in 11th place was a triumph for a team that met adversity with a never-give-up attitude.

The next race in the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge is Saturday, May 4th at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

Track Talk: What’s new in 2019
Feb 5, 2019

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It’s a “new year” in more ways than one for the Legistics racing team. New car. New class. New sponsors. New drivers. Not to mention exciting new developments in our Racing to End Alzheimer’s fundraising campaign.

New car: The #23 Speed Syndicate Audi RS3 LMS (TCR class), sponsored by Legistics, Racing to End Alzheimers, FastMD, FEL and Expo Systems. New tactics: For the first time this year, Racing to End Alzheimer’s honorees will be featured on the car’s livery throughout the season.

Race 1: Daytona

Building on the momentum from last year’s winning season, the Legistics/Racing to End Alzheimer’s racing team (with new co-sponsors FastMD, FEL and Expo Systems) was raring to go at the start of the first race of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series on January 25th at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.

A late entry to the field, the #23 Speed Syndicate Audi RS3 LMS was something of a wild card with its freshly assembled drivers and crew. Driver (and orthopedic surgeon) Jay Salinsky – in the first of two races he’ll helm this season – started things off with a clean qualifying run and handed the car off to veteran driver Nick Galante 45 minutes into the race. Tearing out of the pits, Galante put his head down and outmaneuvered the rest of the TCR class to take the lead, battling the #37 Honda of Shelby Blackstock through every scorching turn of the track.

The switch to co-driver James Vance of Toronto, Canada, came at the halfway point in the four-hour race. Exiting the pits in 6th place, Vance worked his way back into the lead with just 14 minutes remaining on the clock. In a race heavy with yellow flag caution periods, the final caution to remove a disabled car proved to be one too many. On the restart, the #23 Audi faced relentless pressure from the #37 and #73 Hondas, ultimately crossing the line in third for a hard-earned podium finish.

New team: Drivers Nick Galante, James Vance and Jay Salinsky earned a spot on the podium in their first race together at Daytona Speedway.

Catch the race on NBCSN Thursday, February 7, 2019 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM EST

And stay tuned for highlights from the team’s 9 remaining races in the action-filled 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.