Pumpelly To Make ARCA Debut
September 8, 2009 | 1:16 P.M. EST
Pumpelly has come up the ranks of motorsport through sports cars and brings his road racing experience to the ARCA Series. Pumpelly has a strong record at New Jersey Motorsports Park having won there this year in the Grand-Am KONI Sports Car Challenge Series and placed second in the pouring rain the Grand-Am Rolex TRG GT Porsche. In addition to driving in the Grand-Am Series this year he is also piloting a Mercedes SLR McLaren 722 GT in the SCCA Pro Racing SPEED Channel GT Series.
"I am extremely excited for the opportunity TRG Motorsports has given me," Pumpelly said. "I have been a stock car fan for a long time, but never thought I would have the opportunity to race one. Hopefully this is the first of many."
The Virginia native will have to adjust his driving style from the nimble Porsche to the heavier stock car.
"My approach to driving the ARCA car will be just like any other time I have found myself in a new situation. I am going to start using the same techniques I typically use and then try different things in the areas where those aren't working until I feel like I can maintain a good balance. The SLR that I raced earlier this year was actually heavier than the stock car and used a street tire, so I am hoping there will be some slight similarities. Like in the SLR I imagine saving the brakes will be important."
Pumpelly has a lot of laps at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
"It will help with learning the car. I know where I want to place the car already so this next weekend I can concentrate on learning the car, not both a new car and new track. TRG has had success at New Jersey and hopefully what we have learned in the past translates."
The winner of the 2004 Rolex 24 Hour at Daytona anticipates a few adjustments.
"I think the amount of suspension travel and the differences in what adjustments are available will be the biggest hurdle. I plan on relying heavily on the TRG Motorsports guys as we make tweaks all weekend."
Kevin Buckler is proud to give his sports car ace a crack at stock cars.
"Spencer is a great driver," Buckler said. "We have wanted to get him in a stock car for a while and New Jersey is a place where we have notes from last year and we can offer him a good baseline setup right off of the trailer. Spencer will take his usual professional approach and get right up to speed. It will be fun watching his progress over the weekend."