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#17 Porsche Cayman GT4
Dr. Jim Rappaport, Derek DeBoer, and Sean Gibbons
will be driving a new, 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East and West Races.
Driver: Derek DeBoer
Derek DeBoer has racing running through his veins. Derek’s grandfather raced in the local dirt car circuit and his father followed, albeit in Top Alcohol dragsters, racing in a straight line. Derek’s racing career began 17 years ago at Laguna Seca in a Formula Dodge. Derek has raced in the competitive Formula Renault open-wheel series and spent several years in the ST class of Grand Am. No stranger to the world of endurance racing, Derek won at the 2015 LeMans Aston Martin Festival race, had his first shot at the Rolex 24 at Daytona the same year, and has raced multiple times in the 25 hours at Thunderhill. He’s also competed in multiple Continental Tire Series races. Derek joined The Racer’s Group in 2013 and has been part of the TRG racing family ever since. He is always a threatening contender in the Pirelli GTS and SprintX categories, finishing 2nd in the championship in 2015 and consistently coming away with strong finishes, podiums, and victories and 2019 looks to be especially promising with two co-drivers and a full season covering the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East and West races ahead of him.
“I am beyond excited to be moving into the start of my 5th season with TRG! Every part and person involved with this program really feels like family and the same goes for the World Challenge staff and paddock. It is just a year that really feels like things are clicking and going the right direction- Porsche has delivered us a beautiful new weapon, I get to join great and familiar teammates again with Sean and Spencer, FASTLIFE.TV has just launched a 2nd Season on Amazon, and I get to work with Dr. Jim Rappaport in bringing him into his first big steps into Pro Racing! I just love it and can’t wait for things to kick off in March! There’s no place I’d rather be!”
Driver: Dr. Jim Rappaport
Dr. Rappaport’s passion for motorsports racing comes from his appreciation of the beauty of the cars, fascination with the technology and the challenge of perfecting every detail to win. He began racing three years ago with the Sports Car Club of America, where he met his now coach and mentor, Robert Orcutt, and was fortunate to win his first race in GT2 in a Porsche Cayman. He won his next SCCA race also and that was all it took to know this was something he was meant to do. Dr. Jim approached racing with the same dedication, focus and hard work that has made him such a sought after Spinal surgeon for the past 34 years and, with the support of Robert and the TRG team, his skills progressed rapidly and he quickly moved to the Pirelli Trophy Cup series last season. 2018 was a great year for Dr. Jim with a win in the GT4 category at Thermal, multiple second place podiums and a strong finish to the season in second place for the Championship! With such a strong foundation, it is no surprise that he is moving up once again to compete in the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America West races with his co-driver, Derek DeBoer.
“I am elated to be making the jump so quickly to the Pirelli GT4 America series. I have been watching the series from the sidelines the last three years and, with the assistance of my awesome coach, Robert Orcutt, and the entire TRG team, we’ve turned a very aggressive 3-year plan into reality. I could not be more excited to be sharing the car with such an incredible co-driver like Derek DeBoer this season and to be backed by a team with the incomparable heritage of The Racers Group. I have always loved racing. The constant challenge and incredible fun of seeking endless perfection to win on the track have so many similarities to my 34-year career as a spinal surgeon and that really resonates with me. The bonus is the fantastic group of people and the whirlwind of social events that surround the tracks all season. I am truly ‘living the dream’ and this is going to be a fantastic season!”
Driver: Sean Gibbons
Sean Gibbons started racing later in life though he’s always had a strong passion for sports cars along with the focus, drive, and determination it takes to succeed as a driver. Sean graduated from the Skip Barber racing school’s MX-5 cup program and entered his first race in 2012 in the highly competitive PCA Spec Boxster class. He won rookie honors that weekend, finishing second in his first race. Since then Gibbons has put his car on the podium nearly 70 percent of the time and set a number of track records in both the PCA and NASA series. With only 8 professional races, he has been on the top step of the podium twice and a runner up once. In 2019, Sean will once again be teamed up with Derek DeBoer for the Pirelli GT4 America East races in the new, #17, TRG / Passtime / Lasalle Solutions 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR.
“I am super excited to be picking up where we left off at the close of last season with TRG. We had a really good result in the SRO California 8 hour and look forward to pairing with Derek in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East Coast races in a brand new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. With our continued support from LaSalle Solutions and the return of Passtime GPS Solutions, we are going to have a great 2019 season.”
Porsche Cayman GT4
– Spencer Pumpelly –
Spencer Pumpelly will be driving the new, TRG / LaSalle Solutions, 2019 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR for the Pirelli GT4 America Sprint Races.
Driver: Spencer Pumpelly
Spencer Pumpelly was introduced to racing at a young age while watching his father contest the IMSA GTP Championship in a Ford Prototype during the late 1980s. In 1995 he enrolled in the Skip Barber Racing School and has since raced in many classes of cars successfully. He is a twenty-three year veteran of professional sports car racing and a two- time class winner in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 2016 Continental Sportscar Challenge ST champion. He holds multiple victories in IMSA, World Challenge, and Continental Challenge competition including class victories in six major IMSA endurance races and has appeared in the 24 Hours of Le Mans four times.
Known as one of the most talented drivers in the sportscar racing circuit, Spencer is a highly sought after driver, coach, and race winning strategist. Spencer rejoined TRG in 2018 and is no stranger to success with this team. During his six-year-long relationship with TRG, Pumpelly was a fixture on the podium with four top-three finishes in the Rolex 24, a second-place at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, two six-hour victories and more than a dozen wins and numerous podiums, across a variety of series including; Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, Grand-Am, and American Le Mans. He also scored a podium in the NJMP ARCA NASCAR series and in 2011 brought home an epic GT class win (Pumpelly’s second) at the Rolex 24 at Daytona…with no clutch!!!
“The upcoming Pirelli season should be a fun challenge in the brand-new, Porsche Cayman GT4. The field will be strong and the short races make for an intense on track battle every time we take the green. The schedule takes us to some exciting venues and, with the Support of LaSalle Solutions, Adobe Road Winery, and The Racers Group, we are positioned for a great 2019.”