BGB Motorsports Reflects on 2006 Daytona Opener Strong Drives By Both Porsches Have Team Excited For 2006 (Daytona Beach, FL-January 28, 2006) After the completion of a very successful three days at the Daytona Test Days that showed ...
BGB Motorsports Reflects on 2006 Daytona Opener
Strong Drives By Both Porsches Have Team Excited For 2006
(Daytona Beach, FL-January 28, 2006) After the completion of a very successful three days at the Daytona Test Days that showed #38 and #83 Porsche 996s posting the first and fifth quickest lap times respectively for the entire six session test, the team returned to Daytona for the opening round of the 2006 Grand-Am Cup season.
Thursday evening's qualifying session for the GS class showed again the speed of the team's two Porsches. Mark Plummer driving the #38 RUF Auto Centre Porsche 996 qualified on pole with his teammate Tim Traver in the #83 Simplenet.com Porsche 996 2 rows behind him in 5th. The qualifying celebration was all too short lived though as both cars would be forced to start from the back of the enormous 47 car GS field.
When the green flag fell it was business as usual for the BGB crew. In his typical fashion Mark Plummer drove around nearly every single competitor so that he could pit from 2nd place to hand off the car to his 2006 co-driver Craig Stanton. Quick work in the pits sent the #38 Porsche out in 9th place. Stanton enjoyed a fantastic battle up front with the podium attendees until he took the lead on lap 51. It looked as if the team would be vindicated until a premature fuel stumble mandated a late race splash for fuel.
Meanwhile Tim Traver enjoyed a hard charge of his own as he pitted the #83 Simplenet.com Porsche from 5th place to hand off to his season long co-driver Mikel Miller. Apparently both car and driver were determined to find the front of the field. Miller would continue to drive the car from 27th up to 8th place until he too was forced to go into fuel conservation mode.
The closing laps of the race saw nearly every single Porsche drop from the front as fuel became a much needed commodity. When the dust settled it was the #83 Porsche 996 in 15th place with the #38 Porsche 996 closely behind in 20th.
"I'm really impressed with everyone on the team and how they handled everything this weekend. The team continues to mature and gel and I think that wins for both cars are within our grasp this year. We have a strong driver lineup and a team that will not quit. Unbelievable drives for both cars," added team manager John Tecce.
Be sure to catch the Speed TV broadcast on March 4th at 11:30am EST where the BGB Porsches steal the show.
BGB Motorsports is an ambitious, professional Motorsports business. Last year they established themselves as the team to look out for in the Grand Am Cup's GS class. Based in Daytona Beach, Florida, the team operates as a customer oriented business, running cars under the Grand Am Cup, SCCA and Porsche Club of America sanctioning bodies.