• Mar 23, 2010

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There are plenty of top-notch competitors in the American Le Mans Series looking to knock you out of contention, especially in this year's hyper-competitive GT2 class. So it's important not to hurt your own chances with bonehead mistakes. The Pratt & Miller Corvette Racing team knows this all too well after its own #4 C6.R GT2 collided with the #3 car early in this weekend's season opening 12 Hours of Sebring endurance race.

We're not talking about a poorly timed maneuver during the heat of the race, folks. Instead, Jan Magnussen in the #3 car began leaving his pit box after an unscheduled stop to repair a power steering hose when Emmanuel Collard in the #4 Vette came out of nowhere and slammed into his side. The #4 car immediately went behind pit wall for repairs, but since the #3 car was already leaving the pits, it was forced to limp around an entire lap with a flat front tire before returning for repairs. The collision effectively took both Corvettes out of contention for a podium spot, though they did manage to finish the race in 8th and 9th place.

The mistake by Corvette Racing is all the more difficult to wrap our heads around considering how dominant this team has been in ALMS racing. That, however, was before the team switched classes from GT1 to GT2 in mid-2009. The going has been rough since then, including a particularly violent crash at Laguna Seca in last season's final race. Nevertheless, when they aren't bouncing their cars off walls (or each other), the Corvettes remain contenders to watch.

Hit the jump to view the video of this weekend's incident for yourself.

[Source: YouTube]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Happens to the best of us, I suppose.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was about 30 paces downstream from that wreck when it happened -- freaked the hell out of all of us in the pits, because the Corvette Racing guys just Don't. Screw. Up.

      Friend of mine at Flying Lizard thanked me for not being near /his/ pit at the time... and then a Joerg got attacked by a laser-guided loose wheel.

      All in all, a freakin' comedy of errors by a LOT of the teams, and really a boring Saturday. Nowhere near the Sebring we're used to.

      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      ...and there was much rejoicing (from the other teams).

      *unenthusiastic 'yayyy'*
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Rut Row" ..............said Astro the wonder dog............
      • 4 Years Ago
      The #3 car actually lost most of its laps due to a power steering hose problem, not getting smacked by the #4 car. It lost 8 laps due to the power steering hose problem, but only a single lap due to this wreck in the pits. That's a pretty strong car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are the lights flashing because they are driving through the pits, or because of the impact?
        • 4 Years Ago
        The lights are connected with the pit road speed limiters on all the best cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's okay to make mistakes and it's never really a mistake unless they failed to learn something from it.

      Chalk up to what happened, learn from it and move on.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "...considering how dominant this team has been in ALMS racing. " Really?!? Who exactly were they dominating in GT1?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Typical GM fanboy hype. This race was a more proper demonstration of what the Corvette Racing team is really capable of.

        It's easy to be #1 when you're in a class of your own. Failures, just like the road car and they brag how they share engineering knowledge between the C6R and the Z06/ZR1.....riiiiight.
        • 4 Years Ago
        And you Mr. "HondazFTW" are unbiased correct? I thought so...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ed, Corvette Racing beat up on Saleens, Vipers, Ferraris (from ProDrive), Aston Martins (from ProDrive), Maseratis, and numerous others.

        The fact that they ended up alone in GT1 - even after the series ghetto-rigged the rulebook (saddling the Corvettes with a 100 Kg penalty against the Aston Martin DBR9, at one point), was a result of the team -- the management, designers, engineers, drivers, mechanics, and race-day crewmen all being THAT. DAMN. GOOD.

        Their results since the move to GT2, brain-fart on pit road notwithstanding, have been incredible. They won just a couple weeks out of the box last year, and are still just getting used to the newer, smaller engine and all the other changes in the GT2 car.
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