One year ago, Spencer Pumpelly took the white flag at Mazda Raceway in the lead, only to have his Audi run out of fuel on the final lap. Sunday, Pumpelly had more than enough VP Racing Fuel in the tank to go the distance, winning the GT Daytona (GTD) class in the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America.
It was the first victory for the team and starting driver Patrick Lindsey, who captured his first career TOTAL Pole Award on Saturday. Pumpelly took the checkered flag 3.677 seconds ahead of Christopher Haase, driving the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Castrol Edge Audi R8 LMS started by Dion von Moltke. Haase’s chances of victory went away in the closing laps after contact with the overall race-winning Prototype of Richard Westbrook.
Ian James and Mario Farnbacher, who won last time out at Sebring, finished third in the No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Porsche 911 GT America, followed by Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Robert Graham/Royal Purple Ferrari 458 Italia. Christina Nielsen and James Davison finished fifth in the No. 007 TRG-AMR Royal Purple/Orion Energy/LaSalle Solutions/PassTime USA Aston Martin Vantage. The competitive class saw eight lead changes among six cars.
NEWS AND NOTES
· Haase and von Moltke used their second-place finish to leapfrog from fifth to first in the GTD standings. They have 87 points, one better than Bell and Sweedler. Cooper McNeil and Leh Keen – who placed seventh in the No. 22 Alex Job Racing/WeatherTech Porsche 911 GT America – are third with 83.
· Marc Miller made a splash in his TUDOR Championship debut, leading the opening 14 laps in the late-entered No. 93 Riley Motorsports/Mosing Motorcars Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R. Miller and fellow Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge regular Jeff Mosing went on to finish eighth. Miller will race with the team in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June as part of a lineup that includes TUDOR Championship regulars Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen.
· The next event for the TUDOR Championship will be the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, featuring the Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GTD classes at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park on Saturday, May 30.
Spencer Pumpelly, Driver – No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America
“I’d be lying if the thought [about last year’s last-lap misfortune] didn’t go through my mind. This definitely was a bit of redemption.”