BGB Motorsports Continues Their Move Towards The Front (Daytona Beach, FL-AUGUST 30, 2005) BGB Motorsports improved upon their 11th and 10th place finishes in the last two events, with a hard fought 8th place finish at Mid Ohio. Mark Plummer ...
BGB Motorsports Continues Their Move Towards The Front
(Daytona Beach, FL-AUGUST 30, 2005) BGB Motorsports improved upon their 11th and 10th place finishes in the last two events, with a hard fought 8th place finish at Mid Ohio. Mark Plummer qualified the #38 Red Capital Group Porsche in 9th, and Tim Traver qualified the #83 SimpleNet / Red Capital Group Porsche in 23rd.
Mark got off to a strong start in the race, getting up to 5th position, and improving to 1st prior to his pit stop. Although the team performed flawlessly, as usual during the stop, they were simply victims of bad timing, putting Guy Cosmo back on track in 23rd position. He quickly recovered, and was up into 16th in a matter of laps.
With a 70 car field it wasn't expected to be, but the race was free of incidents in the second half. Guy had to run flat out, making no mistakes and fight his way into 10th position. The team desperately needed a full course caution for Cosmo to be within striking distance of the top 5 but it never came. John Tecce, team director, had mixed emotions about the result, but was upbeat, overall:
I had no idea the race would go green for the 2nd half. I was shocked. I don't think that we had the speed of the Turner M3 or the Multimatic Mustang but I think that a late race yellow really would have helped us for a top 5. That would have allowed Cosmo to make a great run but it never came. The #83 with our new duo of Tim Traver and Mikel Miller was charging but when the mid-race yellow came out, we had to bring them in as soon as possible for a review of the car. When they went out, the field had just crossed start/finish and Miller had to wait to exit. It was a shame because both Mikel and Tim adapted quickly to the car. I was looking forward to having not one but two Porsches finish well.
Tim Traver pitted at the half way point, as well, and handed the #83 car over to Mikel Miller. When the race went green, however, Miller had to serve a stop and go penalty for an earlier infraction, but managed to fight his way back up to 21st.
The team is feeling very upbeat with the recent upturn of fortunes it has experienced, and will finally feel some satisfaction when they get to the top step of the podium before the end of the season.
The next race for BGB Motorsports will be the Phoenix Twin 200's at Phoenix International Raceway September 8-10, 2005.