BGB MOTORSPORTS FINISHES 4th AT VIR 12 LAPS OF GREEN AND UNNECESSARY CONTACT PROHIBIT ...
BGB MOTORSPORTS FINISHES 4th AT VIR
12 LAPS OF GREEN AND UNNECESSARY CONTACT PROHIBIT #38 & #84 FROM SHINING WHILE #83 PORSCHE CARRIES THE TORCH
(Daytona Beach, FL-April 25, 2006) Tim Traver and Mikel Miller finished 4th in the SimpleNet.com Porsche 996 to deliver their best ever Grand-Am Cup finish. Preliminary calculations show that this finish could secure them the 4th place spot in the 2006 team championship but only the release of the official standings will tell.
Saturday's Grand-Am Cup 200 at VIR was dominated by one car and one car only: the pace car. The field never saw more than 12 laps of green flag racing as the combination of rain, over 80 cars and overly optimistic passing attempts turned the 2.5 hour event into a 63 mph lead-follow session. The #83 Porsche 996 of Miller and Traver soldiered on and kept its nose clean to finish an outstanding 4th while posting the 3rd quickest lap time for the 83 car field.
When the green flag dropped, Mark Plummer in the #38 Porsche delivered yet another clean opening stint using discretion and experience to keep his car in great position despite the rain and slippery conditions. Strategies for all three cars were decided before the start of the race and would have been executed as discussed but an actual race never restarted after the first series of caution laps. During these first laps the #84 Rhinestone Roxy/HighDefSpex/Car Doctor World Porsche of Ryan Pilla pitted for rain tires as the downpour continued. When the green flag came out on the back stretch, Pilla's day was over before he knew it when a Porsche hit Pilla after it was hit by a Mustang that chose to rejoin the racing surface unsafely. Both Ryan Pilla and Beau Buisson were greatly disappointed that they did not have the chance to apply their new Porsche knowledge.
Despite not having many opportunities, Mark Plummer in the #38 Porsche continued to advance position and stay clean making it up to 4th place. The fact that a green flag race never resumed would relegate the #38 Porsche to losing valuable track position with no hope of making it up. To make matters worse, a stumble from continued atrophy of the fuel system due to the Sunoco fuel reared its ugly head again causing the car to have to pit under green for analysis by the team. Craig Stanton was able to regain some track position while having to diagnose the problem, recycle the cars electrical system and launch the car over curbs with the hopes of knocking loose any clogging sediments or materials.
The team returns home to Daytona Beach with three days to prepare for round #3 of the 2006 Grand-Am Cup GS championship and head to California's Laguna Seca Raceway.