Redemption For Pumpelly In RS1 Porsche, Joins Galante In Extending ST Lead
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Coming two turns short of victory at Road America in 2015, Spencer Pumpelly was not to be denied on Saturday at Road America. Pumpelly led the final 18 laps after taking over from Nick Galante in the No. 17 RS1 Legistics/RickieFowler.com Porsche Cayman, passing the No. 73 MINI JCW of Mat Pombo with 41 minutes remaining.

It was the second victory of the season for Pumpelly and Galante. They unofficially extended their lead in the standings to 14 points (208-194) over Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer, who finished fourth in the No. 25 Freedom Autosport ModSpace Mazda MX-5.

“This is redemption from last year, when we ran out of gas on the last lap in this same position,” Pumpelly said. “I wanted to make sure we got this thing home. I had a really good car today. It was easy to drive, it was easy to keep it underneath me and keep putting down good, solid laps. I know the 25 car finished well to so the battle continues, but we needed a win and we got it.” 

Defending Road America winners Chad Gilsinger and Ryan Eversley finished second in the No. 93 HART Honda Civic Si, 10.693 seconds in arrears, after starting at the back of the field. Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss rebounded from an accident on the first lap of Friday’s opening practice to finish third in the rebuilt No. 56 Murillo Racing/Mosing Motorcars Porsche Cayman.

Similar to the GS battle, an ST contender ran short of fuel just before the finish. Pombo led six laps after taking over from Derek Jones in the No. 73 MINI USA MINI JCW and then ran second down the stretch, before slowing to seventh on the final lap.

NOTEBOOK

  • Making a series-record 124th start, Owen Trinkler seemed headed to a podium finish in the No. 44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima Coupe. He was running second with 40 minutes remaining when he slowed and retired with mechanical problems. Earlier in the race, starting driver Sarah Cattaneo passed Chad Gilsinger to take the ST lead prior to the fourth caution period, when she pitted to turn the car over to Trinkler.
  • It was the 11th career victory for Pumpelly and second for Galante.

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