Pumpelly: “This Definitely Was a Bit of Redemption”

by Jake Kilshaw

Park Place MotorsportsSpencer Pumpelly and Patrick Lindsey drove the #73 Porsche 911 GT America to victory in the GT Daytona class in Sunday’s 2015 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix.

This comes one year after Pumpelly took the white flag at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca only to run out of fuel on the final lap. However, this didn’t happen in the 2015 race, and Pumpelly was able to take the white flag and then the chequered flag successfully on Sunday.

“I’d be lying if the thought (of last year’s misfortune) didn’t go through my mind,” said Pumpelly. “This definitely was a bit of redemption.”

After starting from pole, the Park Place drivers both completed fantastic stints and finished the 2h40 race 3.677 seconds ahead of the #48 Audi R8 LMS of Christopher Haase and Dion von Moltke.

In third was Ian James and Mario Farnbacher‘s #23 Porsche 911 GT America, which won the 12 Hours of Sebring this year. Fourth place went to Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell in the #63 Ferrari 458 Italia. Finishing 5th was the #007 Aston Martin Vantage of Christina Nielsen and James Davison. The race saw eight lead changes in the bottom category, among 6 out of 11 cars.

The next round for the Tudor United SportsCar Championship will be the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at The Raceway at Belle Isle, on May 30 in Detroit, MI. This will feature the Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona classes.

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