The Brief

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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.


Saving the best for last
Oct 26, 2018

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ATLANTA, GEORGIA — It was the final race of the season: the grueling Motul Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. Driver Nick Galante set the tone and the pace, grabbing the ST Class pole position — the team’s ninth this season — his BMW proudly sporting its Racing to End Alzheimer’s livery covered with 126 names of Alzheimer’s victims being honored by their friends and family.

From the start, the No.81 led the pack and maintained the lead for most of the race. “It was a good opening stint,” said Galante. “Right at the start, I was getting pressure from Max Faulkner in the Bodymotion car. He put a great outside pass into Turn 1 and blew by me for the lead, but I found a good opportunity a couple laps later on the restart after a caution. We got him going into Turn 10 and repassed him…”


Galante maintained the lead for most of the stint, then pitted for a driver change at Lap 28. Devin Jones strapped in for the second half. Said Jones, “We were in a great position, just like we’ve been in almost every race this year. Nick kept it up front and kept it clean.”

Cautions fell at tricky times for the team, and it was tough spacing for them. Even so, either Galante or Jones held the lead for an incredible 60 of the 71 laps.

Running on empty

Painfully, calculations revealed that the car was about 10 minutes short of fuel. “I can save fuel,” Jones clarified, “but I can’t quite save 10 minutes. We went from saving to just going for it, and hoped some other guys would run out, too.” Holding onto the lead with just over 6 minutes left in the race, Jones had to do a quick fuel stop for a splash-and-go. And, unfortunately, the stop wasn’t quite quick enough. Two other cars managed to sneak ahead.

In third place, back by only 0.686 second, Jones roared to a podium finish. And that was enough to clinch the Season Championship for the No.81 Bimmerworld/Veristor/Legistics/YouRulz BMW 328i.

According to Devin Jones, “This team has come together really well. It’s been a pleasure to drive with Nick and race this car. It’s been just an incredible season.”

He adds, “I have to thank the Racing to End Alzheimer’s campaign. It’s been a big deal. We had the names on the car again at Road Atlanta, with even more added since the Laguna race.”

A championship season

Nick Galante had this to say: “I want to thank Phil Frengs from Legistics who created the Racing to End Alzheimer’s Foundation, the guys at Veristor, who have been with us all season, and everyone at BimmerWorld – James Clay, Tyler Cooke, the whole entire team — Trent Brown, Wayne Yawn, Jason Marks, Dave Simpkins. The entire team is amazing.”

We want to add our own gratitude to the 126 generous donors who honored their loved ones and who helped raise over $100,000 to fund the care and the cure for this terrible disease that affects millions of families.


A race to remember
Sep 17, 2018

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WEATHERTECH RACEWAY LAGUNA SECA, CA — When the BimmerWorld Racing team’s #81 BMW took to the track at the legendary WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this past weekend, it was immediately obvious that something special was going on.

In place of the names of the team’s corporate sponsors, the car was covered with the donor-sponsored names of individuals whose lives have been adversely affected by Alzheimer’s disease. This moving tribute was the culmination of a season-long campaign to raise awareness and funds for the non-profit Racing to End Alzheimer’s foundation. With generous matching funds from the organization’s founders, over $100,000 was raised in 2018, with 100% of the proceeds earmarked for critical Alzheimer’s research and care.

High stakes

The penultimate race of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge had a lot riding on it. In addition to the high-visibility Racing to End Alzheimer’s tribute, the race was also a homecoming of sorts for driver Nick Galante – a return to the track where his racing career began. And with only two races left in the hard-fought season, every team on the track was feeling the pressure to turn in a peak performance.

The day started out auspiciously for the #81 Veristor/Legistics/ Racing to End Alzheimer’s team. Nick Galante qualified at the top of the ST class to start the two-hour race in the enviable pole position. With 36 cars battling for dominance on the iconic 2.238 mile, 11-turn course, Galante’s hold on the lead only lasted until turn 2, when he was forced off track to avoid a pair of TCR class cars that collided in his path. Reentering the race in 5th position, Galante kept a cool head and regained the lead before pitting on lap 27 for tires, fuel and a driver change.


High drama

Having pitted before the hallway point to take advantage of a caution, the team had to balance the need for speed with the threat of running out of fuel before the end of the race. With Devin Jones driving and Trent Brown managing strategy from the pit, the #81 was up to the challenge. Jones battled all comers, finessed his way back into the lead and held on all the way to the checkered flag for a deeply meaningful and memorable BimmerWorld team victory.

Devin Jones: “It was a really wild race. Nick did a great job in the opening stint, keeping our position. I started the stint about four minutes down on fuel, so it was nerve-racking right down to the end. I didn’t know if we were going to make it, but I’m just really happy it worked out, especially for ‘Racing to End Alzheimer’s” and all the names on the car. It’s just really special to win here and especially in Nick’s hometown. This is a big deal for us.”

Team Bimmerworld holds the lead in ST class points with only one race remaining in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The finale for the 2018 season will be the Fox Factory 120 at Road Atlanta on Friday, October 12.

The WeatherTech Laguna Seca 120 race will air on FOX Sports 1 on Sunday, September 16 from 7:00 – 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.