Birmingham: G&W Motorsports race report

G&W Motorsports Picks Up GT Podium Finish in Porsche 250 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 10, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports garnered its second GT podium finish of the Rolex Sports Car Series season on Sunday in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant...

G&W Motorsports Picks Up GT Podium Finish in Porsche 250

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (October 10, 2004) -- G&W Motorsports garnered its second GT podium finish of the Rolex Sports Car Series season on Sunday in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant at Barber Motorsports Park. Mark Greenberg (Boston, Mass.) started the No. 77 Porsche GT3 RS, sponsored by NETTS and Louis Boston, in the seventh GT position and Spencer Pumpelly (Mason Neck, Va.) brought it to the checkered flag in third.

"This is our second podium in four races, and it's definitely thanks to a great effort from everyone at G&W Motorsports," said Pumpelly, who picked up a second-place GT finish with Greenberg at Mid-Ohio earlier this season.

A light rain fell for most of the time-restricted race, brining out several extended full-course cautions and causing teams to gamble on which tires to run.

"It was right in the in-between point where if you had gone to wet (tires), you would have had a hard time keeping them cooled off," Pumpelly explained. "But staying on dry (tires) meant the tires had a hard time gripping the road. It was tough. You had to concentrate the entire time. But having a good car helps, and that's what we had today."

Rx.com G&W Motorsports driver Cort Wagner (Los Angeles, Calif.) agreed the conditions made for a tricky race.

"For our car the conditions were very sketchy," said Wagner, who drove the opening and closing stints in the Rx.com No. 81 BMW Doran JE4, while Brent Martini (Laguna Beach, Calif.) took the reins during the middle stint.

The Rx.com BMW had a rough start to the weekend after the team hustled to get the Daytona Prototype repaired from last weekend's crash in the VIR 400. After missing Friday's practice sessions, the Rx.com car had a disappointing qualifying session taking the 12th place on the grid.

But the team put in extra hours on the car to fix the trouble experienced by Wagner during qualifying before taking the green flag in Sunday's race.

"It's just a testament to our incredible team that put (the Rx.com car) back together," Wagner said. "We got the car running pretty well again after qualifying. We figured out our problems."

However the rainy conditions put a damper on Wagner and Martini's race.

"It was a good race overall," Wagner explained. "We had an eighth- or ninth-place car in the rain. That's all we had in the rain. In the dry, the car was an honest fifth or sixth place. In the wet it just wasn't a great car."

G&W Motorsports picked up the SunTrust Improve Your Position Award in the SGS class for the second-straight race. Mae Van Wijk (Kingwood, Texas) started the No. 86 Porsche GT3 Cup, sponsored by pipeservicestt.com and autobysite.com, in the 11th position in the class, but her opening run coupled by the closing stint of Craig Stanton (Long Beach, Calif.) gave the No. 86 Porsche a fourth-place SGS finish, tying Van Wijk's career-best finish.

"We came back from a problem with our clutch yesterday," Van Wijk explained. "We had a problem where we had to get some spare parts. The team managed to gather all those up, and the guys stayed extra late to get it fixed. I really appreciate the guys for doing that. We managed to get the car out today and have an excellent run.

"Craig is such an excellent driver," continued Van Wijk about her co-driver who won Saturday's Grand-Am Cup race at Barber Motorsports Park. "Not only that, but also an excellent teacher. He's a wealth of information, and I know I wouldn't be able to do this without him. I really have to thank him."

G&W Motorsports also fielded an entry Saturday's Grand-Am Cup race, with Tracy Krohn (Manderville, La.) and Joe Fox (Charlotte, N.C.) finishing 27th in the GS class in the No. 81 Porsche 996, sponsored by W&T Offshore and Brooke.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will wrap up the 2004 season at California Speedway with the Lexus Grand American Champions Weekend, October 29-31. Ticket information on the season finale is available at www.californiaspeedway.com. Additional information on the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup is online at www.grandamerican.com.

G&W Motorsports, based outside of Danville, Va., at Virginia International Raceway, is the most successful team in the Rolex Sports Car Series, capturing the inaugural GT championship in 2000, both the GT and GTS championships in 2001 and the SRP II championship in 2003. G&W Motorsports is the only team to compete in every Rolex Series race since the series' inception, accumulating 15 class wins and more than 50 podium finishes in class. For additional information on G&W Motorsports, visit www.gandwmotorsports.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Spencer Pumpelly , Craig Stanton , Brent Martini , Mark Greenberg , Mae Van Wijk , Tracy Krohn , Joe Fox , Cort Wagner