BGB has fielded some of the highest finishing Porsche entries in the Continental Tire Series Team and Manufacturers' championships for nearly a decade. The team began their Porsche relationship in 2004 with the 911 Carrera platform and carried the flag for Porsche Cars North America without any financial or technical support from the factory; operating as a customer oriented business building, developing and supporting cars under the Grand Am, Sports Car Club of America and Porsche Club of America sanctioning bodies. Supporting 2 and sometimes 3 vehicles during a race season, BGB has been aligned with the Stuttgart marque ever since.
ROLEX GX DRIVER AND TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: With the creation of the Rolex GX class came the opportunity to race a Cayman with a 911 powerplant in the preeminent road racing series in North America. Grand-Am and BGB worked together to homologate the Porsche Cayman S with a 3.8L Direct Fuel Injection engine from the 997 GTS. The Rolex 24 yielded a 1-2-3 finish for the Porsche Caymans; BGB was the sole privateer to contest the season, starting off with a 3rd place finish in the Rolex 24 and running the Porsche Cayman to 10 consecutive 2nd-place finishes. This earned them the 2013 Rolex Series GX Team and Driver Championships. Having won the opening round at the Rolex 24, Dr. Jim Norman won the Rolex GX Driver's Championship with a hefty margin thanks to codriver Spencer Pumpelly, BGB Motorsports and the "Little Cayman That Could!"
BGB Motorsports finished 6th and 17th in the Team Championships running a pair of 997 GTSs with the same X51 powerplant as their Rolex GX Cayman. The #83 MomoUSA Porsche driven by Dr. Rod Randall and Ken Wilden finished in the top-10 3 times and in the top-13 6 times in total before a crash at Kansas City damaged the car to the point where it sidelined the vehicle and its drivers for the final 2 races of 2013. CalciumPro Porsche Driver Jim Norman achieved 2013 Rookie of the Year status with wins at Laguna Seca and 2nd place finishes in Texas and Atlanta; friend, teammate and mentor Spencer Pumpelly finished in the top-10 7 times and on the podium 3 times for the duo's inaugural season. BGB had their 171st start in the GS class to close out the 2013 season, finishing in the top-10 44% of the time across 10 seasons.
2012 Season: CONTINENTAL CHALLENGE DRIVERS CHAMPIONS!
CONTINENTAL TIRE GS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS: The Grand American Road Racing Association's ability to maintain parity provided an attractive Porsche rules package for the first time since 2008. Having been the ones to get the rules revised, BGB switched back to the Porsche 911 package and confirmed that it was clear that without a rules package, you can't have a winning combination. In doing so, BGB Motorsports drivers John Farano and David Empringham clinched the Driver's Championship and Porsche returned to the winner's circle for the Manufacturer's trophy for the first time in nearly 7 years. While the two went winless during the season, consistency awarded them and BGB Motorsports the Driver's Championship, a 2nd place finish in the Team Championship and Porsche's the builder's title.
2011 Season: "THE CAYMAN YEARS - THE FINAL CHAPTER."
Running only 6 races during the 2011 season, the team campaigned the Porsche Cayman S at the hands of Stewart Tetreault and Guy Cosmo with an impressive string of top-10 finishes. In nearly every race during the 2011 season, with the exception of Lime Rock where a nail on track broke the streak, a BGB Cayman ran in the top-10 and finished with an impressive string of top-10s and strong resultsa considering how outmatched and outgunned the little Porsche Cayman S was in the field of angry V8 muscle.
2010 Season: "Switching from the 911 to the Cayman"
In 2010 the team returned to full-time Grand-Am competition with a pair of race prepared Porsche Cayman S cars that they completed in 2 months at the end of 2009. As the first team ever to professionally campaign the Cayman in North American competition, Daytona showed promised when Steve Jenkins was the highest qualifying Porsche to spotlight the Cayman's debut. Teammates Keith Carroll and Duncan Ende finished just outside the top-10 in the team's other Cayman to complete the car's first race, only to go on to enjoy consistent finishes in the blue #23 Racer's Roast Porsche Cayman, occupying the top-10 in the championship for most of the season until a crash on the streets of Trois Rivieres ended the car's career.
Due to concerns during the economic downturn of 2008 and 2009 and the team's inability to find sponsor or driver commitments interested in supporting the Porsche 911, BGB made the difficult decision to cease operations and restructure. Some late-season interest returned the team to the paddock for the final 4 races of competition to support a pair of 911s.
In 2008 the #83 Porsche sponsored by Weeden Consultants finished 4th in the Team Championship with BGB drivers Craig Stanton and Jon Miller taking 4th place and 5th places in the Driver’s Championships. While the team was unable to improve on last year’s 3rd place championship finish , they were a threat during every single race, producing multiple wins, podiums and top-10 finishes. During that season BGB Porsches won 3 races , more than any other single team in competition.
During 2007, BGB Motorsports finished 3rd in the Continental Tire Series Team Championship, fourteen points shy of 1st place. BGB Porsche driver Craig Stanton finished 3rd in the Driver’s Championship with mid-season arrival Hugh Plumb finishing in 5th. Plumb and Stanton joined together to finish in the top-10 seven consecutive times in seven attempts. The pair visited the podium during all 3 final races in 2007.
The team’s involvement with the Porsche chassis began prior to the 2004 season when the Grand-Am series chose to reduce the format from four classes down to two. From 2004 thru 2006, the existing Grand-Am Continental Tire spec Porsche offering from the dealership was the 996 Carrera 2 chassis. When Porsche improved their platform, BGB followed suit and in the end of 2006 the team purchased the current generation 911, or 997, which they’ve run since then. It was then that the team's Porsche program gained momentum as Tim Traver and Mikel Miller won the 6-hour season finale at Virginia International Raceway, securing the manufacturers trophy for Porsche Cars North America, around a rain soaked and very dark VIR race track.
Since inception, BGB run Porsche entries have won 5 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series races overall, visited the podium 16 times and have finished in the top-10 nearly 75 times since their first year of competition in 2004. This string of consistent top finishes and lack of failed attempts to finish comes as a result of great preparation and dedication over the years.
Since the 2005 season BGB owned cars have been finishing races, failing to do so usually only when crash damage among drivers occurs. Over the last 140 entries, only four times has a BGB prepared car failed to finish a race for mechanical reasons; this is an impressive record when considering the level of competition and large field sizes in the Continental Tire series.