Watkins Glen: Team BGB race report

BGB LEAVES LIME ROCK WITH 2 CARS IN THE TOP TEN IN TEAM POINTS ALL 3 BGB 996s IN THE TOP 3 AT ONE POINT DURING THEIR STINTS (DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JUNE 1, 2006) It was a hot day Monday at Lime Rock, both in the paddock and on track. BGB ...

BGB LEAVES LIME ROCK WITH 2 CARS IN THE TOP TEN IN TEAM POINTS

ALL 3 BGB 996s IN THE TOP 3 AT ONE POINT DURING THEIR STINTS

(DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JUNE 1, 2006) It was a hot day Monday at Lime Rock, both in the paddock and on track. BGB Motorsports succeeded yet again in starting and finishing all 3 cars for the 3rd race in a row, this time with all 3 entries finishing in the top 20. The #38 Porsche, driven by Mark Plummer and Craig Stanton moves into 9th place with 77 points, tied with the Automatic Racing #90 BMW. The #38 car joins the #83 Simplent.com BGB Motorsports Porsche, which sits in 5th place in team points after the 5th round at Lime Rock

Mark Plummer secured a 5th place starting position for himself and the #38 RUF Auto Centre Porsche with a lap time of 59.437 seconds, or 92.67 MPH. Ryan Pilla handled qualifying duties in the #84 Rhinestone Roxy/Car Doctor World Porsche and while completing his lap in 59.738 seconds, he secured himself the 9th spot on the grid. Stewart Tetreault, standing in for Tim Traver this weekend, battled heavy traffic the entire session, but managed a fast lap of 1:01.286 on his second lap, which secured him 31st on the grid. Tetreault, not new to BGB, but news to the 996 had never driven the car before but did just fine for his inaugural outing.

With Sunday a track mandated "Day of Quiet" the team was able to get a well deserved rest after, what for many of them, has been a month on the road.

The team arrived back at the track on Monday morning, ready to go. Due to the early 10:00am race start, everything had to be ready earlier than usual. The BGB Motorsports crew and drivers, as usual were up to the task, with Plummer and Stanton setting 5th fastest time in the 15-minute warm-up 30 minutes before the race.

Race time arrived, with bright, sunny skies, and quickly rising temperatures. The drivers were looking forward to cooler temperatures after Phoenix, but with the humidity at Lime Rock, it would prove to be nearly as uncomfortable. The race got off to a fast start, with Plummer working his way into 2nd place, staying close behind the leader. Ryan Pilla worked his way up to 3rd place by lap 20, and Stew Tetreault got up to 19th before pitting at lap 18 for an early splash of fuel and to hand the car over to co-driver Mikel Miller. Plummer made his stop in the #38 car at lap 55, handing the car over to Craig Stanton. Ryan held on until lap 87, after making an earlier stop for fuel and rear tires on lap 23, handing the car over to Ted Ballou.

The race, now in the hands of the closing drivers, was one of stamina and concentration with the high temperatures and tight, crowded track. Stanton battled his way back up to 8th place, running door to door with the other cars at the top of the running order. Still in need of a fuel stop, Mikel Miller found himself in 1st place on lap 60. Miller would then have to battle back up to 12th position due to a pit stop under green flag conditions caused by unnecessary contact from the #90 Automatic Racing BMW. Ted Ballou brought the 84 car home in 19th as he finished the race that Ryan Pilla started.

John Tecce was optimistic about what the results showed for the second half of the season

"I think that it says a lot about our program when you consider the fact that all 3 BGB cars made it to the top 3 at one point during the race. While the race didn't entirely go our way I'm confident that we can learn from this and be even stronger for the next round. We're very close."

-teambgb.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Craig Stanton , Stewart Tetreault , Mark Plummer , John Tecce , Ryan Pilla , Mikel Miller , Ted Ballou
Teams Automatic Racing