Pumpelly Ready to “Carry Continental Tire Challenge Flag” at Le Mans
Monday, June 11, 2018

With the 24 Hours of Le Mans coming up this weekend, IMSA’s presence at the prestigious race isn’t limited to participating drivers solely from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. 

Representing the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Le Mans will be Spencer Pumpelly, co-driver of the No. 28 RS1 Porsche Cayman GT4 MR. Pumpelly is the lone constituent from the series in this year’s race.

“It’s pretty cool to be representing the series,” Pumpelly said. “We’ve got some drivers that have experience in the series, but to be the only active driver means I get to carry the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge flag and I’ll try to win one for all the guys racing in Conti!”

Returning to Circuit de la Sarthe for the first time since 2014, Pumpelly has three previous starts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with his best finish of fourth coming in 2012. He’ll go for his first podium with the No. 99 Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR in the GTE Am class with co-drivers Patrick Long and Tim Pappas.

“It feels great,” Pumpelly said about his return. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been here, but at the test everything felt very familiar and the absence didn’t seem to affect my familiarity with the track and my excitement for the race.”

The test at Le Mans – held on Sunday, June 3 – allowed drivers an opportunity to get an early look at the 8.467-mile circuit. Pumpelly feels confident about how his team fared throughout the day.

“It went pretty well,” Pumpelly said. “We ended up fifth on the time sheet. The car felt good, but most of all we got a lot of things done with the car. I ended up doing a lot of grunt work like bedding in brakes and things that we needed to do to prepare for the race. It was very productive.

“We got to gel with the team, which is important too, so it gives me a lot of optimism heading back. Any time you get to race at Le Mans and ride flat out on the Mulsanne and hustle through the Porsche Curves, it’s a good time.”

Pumpelly’s participation at Le Mans comes amidst his 16th season in the Continental Tire Challenge, which has gotten off to a successful start. Pumpelly currently leads the Grand Sport class championship standings with co-driver Dillon Machavern after taking the first win of the season in the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway. He and Machavern added another podium at Sebring International Raceway in March.

Following Le Mans, Pumpelly will return to the Continental Tire Challenge for its fourth race of the season – and second of the two, four-hour enduros on the 2018 schedule – at Watkins Glen International on July 28 - June 1.

On-track activity for the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans begins on Wednesday, June 13. The race will run June 16 – 17 starting at 9 a.m. ET and televised live in the United States in its entirety on Velocity.

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