Corvette Racing’s program manager Doug Fehan always says that luck is 50% of racing, but unfortunately for the Number 4 Corvette C7.R, it has been the bad variety that has struck the team again at Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen.
The Number 4 Corvette C7.R started in 3rd position with Tommy Milner behind the wheel. On the opening lap of the race, the 912 Porsche made contact with the Corvette which spun the car into a retaining wall.
The Corvette suffered massive damage in the crash and the car was retired.
The crash couldn’t have come at a worst time for the team. Following the crash of the Number 64 C7.R at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team reverted to the backup chassis for Watkins Glen. Now the crew has just six days to repair the car in time for the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix held July 5-7th at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Ontario.
Here’s a post-race quote regarding the incident from Tommy Milner:
“It’s not a cliché, it’s how I feel… it’s disappointing and unnecessary. It was the first lap of the race and going side-by-side which should have been and is possible. Hindsight is 20-20. Knowing the Porsche didn’t check up enough to allow us to go two-wide… he said he gave some consideration but it wasn’t enough. I’d love to say we could rewind it, I’d give up the position and we’re still racing. And if he had given me a little more room than we’re also still racing, too. It’s these split-second decisions we have to make. Unfortunately I got penalized for someone’s small mistake – and that’s what it was: a small mistake that ended up a big problem for us. A big thanks again to Corvette for building such a strong car. But I feel bad for our Corvette Racing guys. We were here and ready to go racing, but we’ve had some really bad luck the last couple months. I feel bad they have to put in more hard work and a lot of hours to get the car ready for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. But that’s our focus.”
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