IMSA Circuit of the Americas

  • 9201 Circuit of the Americas Boulevard Austin TX, 78617 United States

# 3 catches breaks for win at CoTA; # 4 slammed and sidelined for 7th

Another classic example per Doug Fehan, “racing ¼ car, ¼ driver, ½ luck”.   Consider that less than 1 second separated all 9 GTLM qualifiers.  

Recovering from an earlier practice fire, # 3 driven by Jan Magnussen got a jump start from 6th to 3rd, avoiding a turn 1 crash that # 4 Tommy Milner could not escape.  Five (5) of nine (9) GTLM cars were involved.  Shades of NASCAR?

Magnussen could not catch the leaders but relayed handling to his crew.   Near the 1 hour mark when another car stopped on the track, lead engineer Kyle Millay called him in.  The # 3 reached pitlane before the caution flag closed the pits.  Antonio Garcia emerged with a huge lead, staved off a late race charge from # 24 BMW M6 Alexander Sims and won the race! 

The turn 1 crash was like “Bumper Cars”.   # 67 Ryan Briscoe Ford GT tangled with # 62 Giancarlo Fisicella Ferrari 488.  Both spun off, then back across the track delivering a one-two punch to the # 4.  RSR Porsches # 911 & # 912 also involved.  Watch video here.

Racing luck that smiled on Milner and skewered Garcia at Long Beach just the opposite at CoTA.   Proves Doug Fehan on target once again.

Results compiled by Wayne Ellwood

Fly off to France for Le Mans 24 Hrs Jun 17-18 followed by Upstate Finger Lakes NY 6 Hrs at the Glen Jul 1.