slow front tire change would drop the Brumos car back in the field and Keen was not able to challenge again.
Possibly the biggest gain through the field during the race was the No. 67 Sarget & Lundy TRG Porsche of Steven Bertheau (Aurora, Ill.) and Spencer Pumpelly (Suwanee, Ga.). Starting 15th, Bertheau handed the car over to Pumpelly early. A damaged front splitter slowed the team during the mid-race portion but once repaired, Pumpelly went on the hunt. The Porsche expert raced from 13th to eighth and was the only Porsche to lead - for three laps - the Mid-Ohio race. Following the race, Pumpelly immediately left Lexington to travel to Le Mans, France where he will race in the 80th 24 Hours of Le Mans in the No. 79 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR next weekend.
Horton Autosport had a challenging weekend but the No. 73 team never gave-up. In the first practice session of the weekend on Friday, the car spun off-track into a gravel trap. Damage as a result of the extrication and transportation of the California-based machine back to the paddock forced the team to miss the remaining practice sessions and qualifying. However, with support of Porsche Motorsports North America, parts arrived in time for repairs to be made prior to the start of the race. The car did suffer an oil leak early in the event but the crew made repairs and Tim Foss (Dallas) and Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, Calif.) fought back to finish 16th.
The No. 72 Courtyard Hotel 911 of Grant Racing/901 Shop driven by Carey Grant (Cordova, Tenn.), Kevin Grant (Eads, Tenn.) and Milton Grant (Germantown, Tenn.) was forced off-track early in the race. The team, scheduled to make only two GRAND-AM starts this season, retired on lap 10 to finish 17th. They will race next at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27.
Magnus Racing is currently Porsche's highest-ranking entry in the GT point standings in third-place. The No. 44 and its drivers are 17 points behind the No. 69 AIM Autosport Ferrari that has 185 markers. The GRAND-AM Rolex Series pays 35 points to win a race with seven events remaining.
The GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT class will next race at the great North America race circuit, Road America. The Elkhart Lake, Wisc.-race takes place June 24.