A WET WEEKEND BRINGS A DIFFICULT SEASON TO A CLOSE (Daytona Beach, FL-OCTOBER 19, 2005) Every few years Mother Nature catches up with Grand Am at VIR and shows no mercy. BGB Motorsports and the entire Grand Am series managed to escape her ...
A WET WEEKEND BRINGS A DIFFICULT SEASON TO A CLOSE
(Daytona Beach, FL-OCTOBER 19, 2005) Every few years Mother Nature catches up with Grand Am at VIR and shows no mercy. BGB Motorsports and the entire Grand Am series managed to escape her clutches since 2002, but the rains returned...with a vengeance. For a weekend that started out wet and ended with a race with a fair amount of carnage and attrition, BGB Motorsports drivers, crew and principals are happy to put an end to a difficult year and begin preparing immediately for 2006.
At the Grand Am Cup finale, BGB had the usual cast of characters but different cars ran to the finish of the soggy VIR 200. The duo of Mark Plummer and Guy Cosmo piloted the #83 Porsche, while Jim Bosler and Mike Fitzgerald piloted the newest BGB entry, a 2005 Mustang FR500C. Plummer and Cosmo were third fastest in the first wet session on Friday, but their times seemed to increase with the rate of rain that continued to fall throughout the weekend. Qualifying approached with a somewhat dry track, but a steady drizzle continued to fall, making the choice of tires for qualifying a difficult one. The team elected to send the cars out on wet weather tires, and the rain immediately stopped and the track began to dry quickly, leaving the drivers to try to fight the loss of grip yet still achieve respectable times. The #83 Porsche, piloted by Mark Plummer qualified in 25th position, and Jim Bosler put the #08 Mustang FR500C into 33rd in the difficult conditions. This was the debut race weekend for the Mustang with its driver pair of Jim Bosler and Mike Fitzgerald.
The team elected to take a few extra minutes to get Jim Bosler ready in his car before his race in the new Mustang, and to start him from pit road, thus avoiding the heavy traffic and inevitable bumping and swerving going into turn one. Mark Plummer had one of his typical great starts, working his way up to third place at one point in the early laps.
V.I.R's changeable weather once again came into play, though, and the rain started falling again, requiring a change to wet tires. The Mustang was brought in for a splash of fuel and 4 tires, followed by the Porsche. Around mid distance, both cars reported to pit road for the driver change, a full load of fuel and 4 new rain tires to get them to the end. An additional stop for the Mustang was needed to fix a damaged tailpipe. Amid the chaos and torrential rains, the BGB cars showed that they're here to contend for race wins: while the #83 Porsche ran the fast lap of any GS car during the race, Mike Fitzgerald passed 35 or so cars to come from the back of the field and finish 11th.
"Despite a very chaotic race with a lot of yellow flag laps things went fairly well. Our guys showed that we not only can change tires, fuel and drivers quicker than most, but we can do it seven times in one race. I'm glad that we can put 2005 behind us, return to the shop with two undamaged cars and get started on 2006. My thanks to everyone that helped the BGB effort this year. It was all greatly appreciated."
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.