CarBahn #39 with Peregrine Lamborghini closes fast in GTD

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – You know how the side mirrors of some passenger cars come with a warning that “objects are closer than they appear?”

That same advice could apply to the #39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing’s Lamborghini Huracán GT3, which competes in the GT Daytona (GTD) class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

A few races ago, following a car-destroying crash at Watkins Glen International, the team’s title hopes appeared to be swept away by the tow truck that hauled the crumpled No. 39 back into the garage.

Now armed with a new car (actually an older chassis with far less wear), this Lambo team is within striking distance of the GTD Championship.

Drivers Jeff Westphal and Robert Megennis scored back-to-back podiums, including a last-lap pass by Westphal at Lime Rock Park that earned third place. They finished second in their last outing at Road America.

This short streak of success has lifted the team into fourth place in the standings – just 98 points behind the series leader – and with two races remaining on the schedule, they are very much in the hunt for the championship.

Megennis attributes the comeback to his co-driver’s skills behind the wheel. Westphal became the closest GTD.

“Our slogan for the last few races has been ‘in Westphal we trust’,” Megennis said. “He always finds a way to make it happen.”

Westphal defers to the team, which has switched from Audi to Lamborghini this season. He says it’s been a team effort since the start of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

“Literally the first wheel we spun was at the Roar Before the (Rolex) 24,” he said. “It was a complete shakedown for us, so we were late on that, but we ended up running the car at the front of the field for a few hours.”

The team started slow, picked up momentum, and then saw their car get completely trashed at The Glen.

“Unfortunately I was invited into a nasty wreck by two drivers who were playing bumper cars,” Westphal said of the incident.