FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29th, 2016– Anyone that’s been in racing for very long can tell you how small the racing world is, and how close of a bond not just the teams have internally, but also among the competitors as a whole. This past weekend the racing family bonded together after the #7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman was badly damaged in practice. The show had to go on, not just for the series and the team’s competitors, but also for Rebel Rock. They still had another bullet in the gun with their #8 Urban Grid Cayman of Theo Bean and Robin Liddell to get ready for the next session, qualifying and the race respectfully.
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That said, the team assessed the significant damage and decided quickly to work as hard as they could, up until the green flag dropped for the race if necessary to repair the #7 eEuroparts.com/Spectro Oils/Blipshift entry of Lee Carpentier and Kieron O’Rourke. The team inventoried all the parts required to fix the car, and although Rebel Rock had 95% of the required parts in their hauler, no team can inventory all parts of a race car for every circumstance. Then something amazing happened, their competition came to the rescue!
All the other teams that field the same Porsche Cayman Street Tuner (ST) class cars offered what parts they could. That was all the motivation this team needed. The crew worked through the night to piece together the racecar, and when the drivers arrived the next morning saw something they couldn’t believe, they would be in the race! The car rolled off the set-up pad just in time for the fan walk with parts from several teams they would compete against once the green flag fell.
Not having the opportunity to shake the car down or do a practice prior to the race, the team had to change strategies a bit. Already having to start from the back of the field in 28th position, the team opted to start Carpentier, who would normally have the second and final stint in the car, and adapt a two pit-stop strategy. The sister car of Liddell and Bean would be started by Bean before turning over to Liddell to close.
Carpentier would take the green flag, and almost immediately radio in his excitement that not only was the car sound, but was in fact very good. After only a handful of laps, Carpentier was able to bring the car inside the Top-20 in class, and running a very respectable lap time of 1:00.9 before turning over to O’Rourke. During Lee’s second stint one of the rear shocks broke, and fell off pace a bit. In the end, the #8 entry would cross the finish line in the 18th position, with the #7 finishing in 22nd, but for this car, which looked like a total loss the previous day, it felt like a win.
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Frank Depew, team owner of Rebel Rock Racing, was impressed by the effort put in by the crew. “The entire crew did a great job, went over the top of what’s expected on a race weekend. The crew rarely gets the appreciation they deserve or the spotlight, but they were clearly the stars this weekend. Thank you to everyone that put in the extra effort to get the car on the grid and make the race for Lee, Kieron and our sponsors.”
Team co-owner Tom Fitzgerald states, “We’d like to thank Bimmer World, Gold Crest Motorsports, Body Motion and RS1, those are our competitors most days, but they stepped up and offered to assist where they could, and in some cases provided some of the parts necessary to fix our #7 car. Lee and Kieron did a great job in the race, and put on a great show for the fans as they charged towards the front at Lime Rock Park before suffering the broken shock.”
Kieron O’Rourke, #7: “I enjoyed running in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series for the first time. An incredible job by the team to put our car together overnight, under very difficult circumstances, to be track-ready for the race. Lee performed brilliantly, and set some very good times in the car, but fell off a bit once one of the shocks began to fail towards the end. I’m already looking forward to coming back into the series again later this season with the team.”
Lee Carpentier, #7: “We had limited running in the #7 Rebel Rock car, and the guys thrashed through the night to get the car ready. Rebel Rock did a great job getting the car back together, and although we started last in the field, we didn’t finish there, so it was a great result. I’d like to thank our sponsors in eEuroparts.com, Spectro Oils, and Blipshift for giving us the opportunity. I’ll be counting the days on the calendar until I can get back behind the wheel.”
Theo Bean, #8: “It was a really short weekend, but the car rolled off the truck with a good baseline set-up. We had a brake issue in the second practice that hurt us in qualifying, but had it resolved for the race. As the race wore on the grip fell off as tire wear became a factor. The Mazda’s had our number this weekend, but the Caymans raced well overall. I have some time at Road America, and feel confident that we’ll have a good car there.”
Robin Liddell, #8: “Theo was hit during his stint, and thought there was a puncture, so we pitted a bit earlier than we wanted to. That hurt us in the end as we had more time on our tires toward the end of the race. The car felt good for the first half of my stint, but then the rear tires went away the final 30-minutes. I was happy overall how we came into the weekend, and we had a good car in practice coming off some difficult weekends. We learned a lot about the car leading up to this event, which was productive. Ultimately the car performed better than the results indicate. We have a bit of work still to do to continue moving forward. Great job by Theo to move the car forward in the field during his stint. We’ll continue improving and look forward to Road America which suits the Porsche well.”
The IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix can be viewed via tape delayed broadcast on Fox Sports 1 on July 31st, 2016 at 12:00 pm EDT.
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