DATYONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 2, 2017) – Spencer Pumpelly and teammate Nick Galante stood on the podium at Daytona International Speedway for the first round of the 2017 Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC). The teammates and Rennsport One kicked off their Street Tuner (ST) Championship defense with a third-place finish in the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona.
Pumpelly started the 2017 season with an exciting format change in the CTSC; instead of the usual two-hour races, IMSA announced that both the opening round at Daytona and the penultimate round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca would be four-hour events.
“We debated strategy a lot before the race because it was a new format,” Pumpelly said. “We ultimately decided—since Nick had been showing really good pace—to do what we had been doing in the short races, just each of us do a little more of it.”