One race after losing a heartbreaker in the Street Tuner (ST) class on the final lap with fuel feed issues at Road America, Spencer Pumpelly made it through to the checkered flag on Saturday – with enough gasoline remaining to do a victory doughnut.
It was the third ST victory of the season for Pumpelly and Luis Rodriguez Jr. in the No. 17 RS1 Porsche Cayman – and first career triumph for Pumpelly at his home circuit.
“To finally come here and be able to pull off a win was very special,” said Pumpelly, a native of Mason Neck, Va. “Luis did a great opening stint and RS1 had a great pit stop. It was pretty uneventful in my stint – we really didn’t have anyone to fight once we got clear of the No. 34 Mazda.”
Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss finished second, scoring the third consecutive podium finish for the No. 56 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman. Justin Piscitell and Christian Szymczak took third in the No. 34 Alara Racing Mazda MX-5.
The ST point lead again changed hands. Andrew Carbonell regained the lead after placing fourth in the No. 26 Freedom Autosport Mazda/SemperFiFund.org Mazda MX-5 started by Tom Long – who stood in for Liam Dwyer. Long then went to also drive Freedom Autosport’s No. 25 Mazda, joining starting driver Britt Casey Jr. in finishing sixth.
Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer entered the race with a two-point lead, but placed seventh in the No. 5 ModSpace/Mazda Mazda MX-5 for CJ Wilson Racing. They now unofficially trail Carbonell by two points, 211-209.
Round 9 for the Continental Tire Challenge will be at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on Friday, Sept. 18.
June 1, 2016