BAM! (British American Motorsport) had a short run in the American Le Mans Series race at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. Leo Hindery, Jr. started the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR second on the GT grid. Rain was reported on the 1.54-mile road course just one minute into the two-hour 45-minute race, and Hindery was one of several drivers to slide off track in the slippery conditions. He hit the wall hard, resulting in heavy left-side suspension damage that put the car out of the race.
Hindery's co-driver, Porsche factory racer Lucas Luhr, did not drive. They will return for the next American Le Mans Series race, at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on July 18.
Leo Hindery, Jr.
"Every time you go off like that without a push, it's got to be driver error. I just didn't think it had gotten that wet that fast. It came real quick and the asphalt is so dark, you can't tell. I think six or seven of us went off on the same lap; I just happened to hit something. I'm just crushed for these guys. I think Lucas would have done a wonderful job when it was his turn. I feel badly because nobody got to see how good we could have been today."
"Under these conditions, it's really easy to lose the car. I know that for myself - I drove the 24 Hours of Nürburgring and it was slick. When it rains, it gets really slippery and it's very easy to make a mistake. What happened to Leo was bad luck, you can't even say he made a mistake, some things like this just happen. I'm just happy that he's alright and the car can be fixed. Then we'll give it another try at Sears Point."