BGB'S PORSCHE CAYMANS RUN UP FRONT AT DAYTONA OPENER
February 1, 2011 (Ormond Beach, FL) ---- Kicking off their 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series season, BGB Motorsports returned to Daytona International Speedway with two Porsche Caymans for Friday's GRAND-AM 200 event. Piloting the 'new' no.83 would be returning combo Stewart Tetreault and Guy Cosmo, who have retired their orange BGB Porsche 911 for a new green BGB Motorsports / Road Sport Supply Porsche Cayman. In the no. 38 BGB Motorsports / Road Sport Supply Porsche Cayman was new BGB Motorsports driver Greg Strelzoff, joined by longtime friend, Skip Barber instructor and BGB alumni Mikel Miller. In qualifying, Tetreault drove the no. 83 car to twenty second on the grid, while Strelzoff started the no. 38 from thirty-first position.
The long straight-aways of Daytona International Speedway would seem an unlikely place to prove the performance of the flat-six engine of the Porsche Cayman, especially in a field dominated by American and German V8 engines with much higher horsepower engines. However, both of the BGB Motorsports Porsche Caymans progressed through the field throughout the opening hour of the race. At the first opportunity, the team opted to split their strategies and Cosmo relieved Tetreault in the no. 83 while Strelzoff would run a longer first stint in the black no. 38.
As different pit strategies began to play out, Cosmo was able to work through the traffic jam, breaking into the top-10 and making his way as high as third place. Pitting for more fuel with 60 minutes to go, the green no. 83 car cycled back up again in the order and remained in the top-10 with the chance to finish much higher until a late race caution negated the car's track advantage. Tetreault and Cosmo would finish the race in eighth place, while the Miller and Strelzoff entry would cross the line in fifteenth.
"A year after we debuted the car in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the team has made a lot of progress on the competitiveness of the Porsche Cayman," said Cosmo. "This is not a track where you would think we would do well, but both of the cars almost came through the field, and were solid. It will be great to see how competitive we are on the 'handling' tracks that we'll be visiting."
Team manager John Tecce was equally excited after the performance of both of his team's Porsche Caymans at Daytona, and thrilled that a season's worth of development has begun to pay off. "Realistically, this is not the sort of place that suits the Porsches even though it's the most slippery car in the field. We start with 100 less horsepower and there's nowhere to hide here from their big displacement" said Tecce. "The cars had good race pace. We opted to go for differing strategies and pulled it off because all four guys drove great stints and we had great calls in the pits. None of this is possible without the great preparation and we have a great team underneath us this year."
BGB Motorsports will be back in competition in a little over a month at the Homestead 200 at Homestead Miami Speedway in Homestead, Florida.
-source: bgb motorsports