Pumpelly Qualifies Fifth in ARCA Debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey (Sept. 12, 2009) - Spencer Pumpelly qualified the TRG Motorsports No. 09 Hybrid Public Transport Chevrolet in fifth for tomorrow's running of the ARCA ...
Pumpelly Qualifies Fifth in ARCA Debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Millville, New Jersey (Sept. 12, 2009) - Spencer Pumpelly qualified the TRG Motorsports No. 09 Hybrid Public Transport Chevrolet in fifth for tomorrow's running of the ARCA RE/MAX Series South Jersey Building Trades 150 to be run at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Pumpelly, making his first ARCA RE/MAX start, qualified the No. 09 on the third row based on his qualifying time of 1:22.619 and a speed of 98 mph. The 2004 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona GT winner is relishing his first stock car start.
"I am having a blast," Pumpelly said. "This is the most enjoyable racing I have done in a real long time. I think KONI Challenge and the Rolex Series is fun, this is a new type of deal. With all of the power and as fast as these cars go it is a really neat experience."
Pumpelly is coming to grips with a heavy stock car.
"It is a heavy car, but it has a lot of tire. It stops well and turns. The biggest difference is that it has a lot of horsepower. You have to drive the car further down the straight-away than you would a sports car. If you just mash the gas you just spin the wheels."
TRG Motorsports has a lot of experience at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
"We were pretty good off of the trailer. We made some changes to get it a little closer to what I felt would be quicker. Some of those changes worked, some of them didn't. We are not bad."
Pumpelly is taking a measured approach to the race.
"We are starting fifth. We are going to stay out of trouble and be there at the end and see what we can get out of it. It is my first stock car race. I have a lot to learn about how the cars behave over a full fuel and tire stint. Getting on and off pit road will be a new experience, as well as running door-to-door with these guys. I think if I can stay out of trouble I can finish toward the front."
Kevin Buckler, TRG Motorsports team principal, has put a good car under Pumpelly.
"Spencer did a great job today in practice and qualifying," Buckler said. "He took a measured approach all day and gave great feedback to the crew. We had a good car here last year with Andy Lally and should have won the race, except they called the race for rain. Spencer has a good opportunity to get the win that got away from us last year, but there is no pressure at all. There are a lot of good teams and good drivers here thinking the same thing."