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BGB 996s FINISH STRONG AGAIN IN PHOENIX CARS FINISH 7th, 10th AND 18th RESPECTIVELY DESPITE 120 DEGREE TRACK TEMPS (PHOENIX, AZ-May 14, 2006) Track temperatures soared to 120 Degrees and the track surface offered little or no grip, but BGB ...

BGB 996s FINISH STRONG AGAIN IN PHOENIX
CARS FINISH 7th, 10th AND 18th RESPECTIVELY DESPITE 120 DEGREE TRACK TEMPS

(PHOENIX, AZ-May 14, 2006) Track temperatures soared to 120 Degrees and the track surface offered little or no grip, but BGB Motorsports held on for three very respectable 7th, 10th and 18th place finishes.

Mark Plummer was behind the wheel of the #38 Porsche Carrera after qualifying on the front row, and drove a smart, fast pace to keep himself in that position and in contention during his stint. Tim Traver in the #83 SimpleNet.com 996 started behind Plummer when the #175 Porsche 996 was penalized and moved to the back for illegal suspension modifications. Tim slotted in behind Plummer and ran a comfortable 3rd during his stint before his scheduled pit stop. Ted Ballou started the #84 Rhinestone Roxy /Car Doctor World Porsche in 20th position, and ran a solid stint, on an unfamiliar track to keep himself in touch with the lead pack, and to preserve the brakes and tires for his co-driver, Ryan Pilla.

In a race that saw no full course cautions, all 3 drivers were forced to run as quickly as possible, while making certain that they could get as close to the halfway point of the race for their pit stop. First in was Mark Plummer in the #38 car, handing driving duties over to Craig Stanton, who rejoined in 12th place. Next in was Tim Traver in the #83 car, handing over to Mikel Miller. Miller rejoined in 13th, running laps as fast as the lead cars, but unable to capitalize due to traffic and the relentless heat. Mikel worked his way up to 10th where he finished. Ryan Pilla took over for Ted Ballou and continued his adaptation to the Porsche.

Craig Stanton in the #38 ran hard, keeping in touch with the top 5, as he and Miller circulated at speeds that matched those of the top 5. Ryan Pilla fought with backmarkers and traffic, showing well on an unfamiliar track and extreme heat. The final finishing order was Plummer and Stanton in the #38 car in 7th, Traver and Miller in the #83 finishing 10th and Ballou and Pilla coming home in 18th. At one point, Pilla was one of the fastest cars on the track; as Pilla and Ballou continue to learn the 996, they'll be front runners for sure.

-bgb

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Craig Stanton , Mark Plummer , Ryan Pilla , Tim Traver , Ted Ballou