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Boxing Cat Motorsports wins Inaugural Race of PBIR Endurance Series

Monday, June 29, 2009

090629_enduroThe inaugural race of the PBIR Endurance Series started Friday with a 3 hour night event. Scott Schlesinger and co-driver David Tuaty started from the pole position, marking the third pole position for the duo, but it was Boxing Cat Motorsports that earned the podium.

Although starting from the back due to a missed qualifying session, Collins augured the Boxing Cat Motorsports No. 86 Porsche 911 to the No. 1 position within three laps. On Lap 3, Collins began to feel a

 vibration coming from the right rear. He was forced to pit four laps later as the vibration continued to worsen. It turned out the right rear tire was rubbing on the suspension and was cutting the tire. The extended unscheduled four tire change put the Boxing Cat Porsche a few laps down. Collins knew he had a fast car, but worried about fuel mileage against the less thirsty BMW's. 

45 minutes into the three hour event another competitor lost an engine and oiled the track down resulting in a full course black flag. While the SCCA workers cleaned the oiled track, the Boxing Cat crew worked on fuel mileage calculations. With the black flag factored in to the fuel calculations, it was determined that if the No. 86 Porsche 911 conserved fuel then the race could be finished with only the second mandatory fuel stop.

Collins paced the No. 86 down to conserve fuel and tires. He succeeded in the plan and delivered the car to co-driver and current IMSA GT3 Challenge racer Mitch Pagerey at the mid-point of the race. After the five minute mandatory stop, the No. 86 Porsche was two laps back from the lead car. Pagerey knew he had the speed and fuel to outpace the quick BMWs.

Pagerey took the lead with what the team thought was 30 minutes left in the race. Pagerey backed off to conserve fuel and all was thought to be well. Shortly thereafter, the team was notified that the race clock had been stopped during the black flag all situation. This would prove critical because this had not been a factor in the previous fuel calculation - - team didn't have enough fuel to finish the extended race period.

Without notice, Crew Chief Marty Gilbert (MGM Motorsports out of Pompano Beach, Fla.) was forced to make a split-second decision. He informed Pagerey of the situation: a splash and go pit stop would be required to finish the race. Pagerey responded with three fast laps and one more stop for fuel. After the stop, the Boxing Cat No. 86 regained the lead.

Pagerey set the fast laps of the race during his quest to the front, logging a best time of 1:24:13. Thanks to the great driving and strategy the Boxing Cat/ MGM Motorsports Porsche was able to add one more overall win to their record.

The partnership of Peter Collins and Mitch Pagerey has yielded many endurance victories including overalls at both the 24 hours at Nelson Ledges and the 12 hours at Summit point.

Last modified on Saturday, August 18, 2012

 

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