The local team made good as the no. 38 BGB / Luna-C Porsche Cayman GX.R landed on the podium in this weekend’s 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona.
This was the first attempt for the team, based in nearby Ormond Beach, Florida, at the world-famous endurance contest. Contesting the new GX class in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, the driving lineup of Lee Davis, Ryan Eversley, Eric Foss, Jeff Mosing, and team principal John Tecce would steer the car to finish third in the GX class, completing 614 laps of the 3.56 mile track.
After Eversley qualified the car in second place, the no. 38 BGB / Luna-C Porsche Cayman ran in that position throughout most of the first half of the race. All drivers cycled through before an overnight axle failure would drop the BGB Cayman out of second position and into third. The deficit would prove too much to make up, and the BGB Cayman would maintain position throughout the final half of the race – taking the checkered in third position in the GX class.
Not only was it the first Rolex Series podium for BGB Motorsports, it was the first Daytona podium for all of the team’s drivers.
“After competing in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for several years, and winning the drivers’ championship last year, we wanted to take a shot at the GX class with a strong driver lineup,” said Tecce. “We had a shot timetable to build and test a car and get it ready for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and in the end, we just had one part that wasn’t ready to go the distance. There’s nothing more that my team, drivers and fans could have done to make this entire experience more rewarding. I couldn’t have done any of this without them and I’m so happy I was able to share the spot on the podium with these guys. We’ve had tremendous help from RSS / Road Sport Supply and Cargraphic and their parts worked perfectly to the finish.”
For both Davis and Mosing, this was their first start ever in the Rolex Sports Car Series.
“The race actually went by very quickly for me,” said Davis. “I guess it was because I was having such a good time. I had a blast driving the Cayman and to be able to stand on the podium in my first Rolex Series race is pretty unbelievable. Not many people get the chance to stand on a podium in Daytona, let alone on their first try. I’m thankful for everyone at BGB for working so hard to get us a car that would make it to the finish.”
“It was a complete pleasure to get to race with these guys in the Rolex 24 at Daytona,” said Mosing. “Sure, the team encountered some setbacks, but the car ran great the whole time and I had a blast. Being in victory lane after twenty-four hours of driving is a massive reward, and I’d really like to thank all the BGB Motorsports guys for making it possible.”
As the team’s veterans, Eversley and Foss drove like professionals, making no mistakes even as they double and triple-stinted through the evening.
“We knew we couldn’t win the race on outright speed, but we knew that if we ran to a certain pace we could keep the pressure on the other guys,” said Eversley. “The Cayman was really fun and really easy to drive throughout a double or triple stint. All of our guys did a solid job behind the wheel and ran at a good pace the whole time. The broken axle was a bummer, but the BGB guys got it fixed as fast as possible and we went back out and just kept pounding out laps. Second was within our reach but we’re happy to be on the podium.”
“Competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona was incredible, and to do it with guys that I consider friends made it even better,” said Foss. “Being asked to help these guys out in their rookie year was an honor and I couldn’t be happier about getting on the podium. Standing on the podium in Daytona is a highlight of my racing career.”
- Efrain Olivares ShiftGroup | Photos: BGB Motorsports