A total of eight drivers will be pulling double duty between Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Orion Energy Systems 245 ALMS round on Sunday, including three who will also add Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race to the mix.
Triple Duty drivers are John Edwards, Bill Auberlen and Spencer Pumpelly, all of whom will be racking up plenty of miles around the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit in three different types of machinery.
For Edwards, the 22-year-old will be searching for his fifth Rolex Series GT class win in seven races in the No. 57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT.R with co-driver Robin Liddell, while also driving a Stevenson-run Camaro in CTSCC. He’ll also be supporting ALMS GT championship leader Dirk Mueller in the No. 56 BMW Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE.
“I’ve done double duty plenty of times before, but triple duty is going to keep me going nonstop all weekend,” Edwards said. “Fortunately the schedule is better than anticipated and separates GRAND-AM and ALMS pretty well, which allows those of us running all the races to focus on one at a time.”
Auberlen and Pumpelly, meanwhile, will be peddling cars from BMW and Porsche, respectively, through the weekend, but each significantly different from one another.
The BMW factory driver, who will be making his 500th professional start in Sunday’s ALMS race, will begin the weekend with a GS-class BMW M3 before moving into a Prep-2 Bimmer for the Rolex Series race, both with Turner Motorsport. He’ll then step into the No. 55 BMW Z4 GTE for the ALMS race as a teammate to Edwards.
Pumpelly, meanwhile, will pilot a GS-class Porsche Carerra and GX-class Porsche Cayman on Saturday, both for BGB Motorsports, before jumping aboard Flying Lizard Motorsports’ GTC class Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car for Sunday’s ALMS race.
How will drivers such as Pumpelly stay focused this weekend?
“The most important rule is to pay attention,” Pumpelly said. “You have to remember which pit box you need to pull in to, and some of the particular rules of the series. But that should be pretty straightforward.
“I want to make sure I have enough time to help my co-drivers learn the track. That’s a matter of having my schedule regimented and having each day planned out before it starts, and that way I can devote enough time to each car. I wouldn’t want any of the efforts to suffer because I’m spread too thin.”
In addition to Edwards, Auberlen and Pumpelly, a number of other drivers, including Leh Keen, Patrick Long, Andy Lally, Maxime Martin and Tristan Nunez will be pulling double-duty between the Rolex Series and ALMS races.
Any of those eight drivers could make history, as no driver has won ALMS and Rolex Series events in the same weekend at the same venue.