Long Beach: McMurry to sub for injured Drissi

McMURRY IN FOR DRISSI IN AUTOCON CREATION When the phone rang Friday night in Phoenix, Chris McMurry was expecting to get an update on the progress of the Autocon Motorsports Creation-Judd at the Tequila Patron American Le Mans...

McMURRY IN FOR DRISSI IN AUTOCON CREATION

When the phone rang Friday night in Phoenix, Chris McMurry was expecting to get an update on the progress of the Autocon Motorsports Creation-Judd at the Tequila Patron American Le Mans Series at Long Beach. As it turns out, the call from team owner Mike Lewis served a completely different purpose.

"I got a call from Mike yesterday and thought he was calling me to tell me how things were going but he said I had better get a plane ticket," said McMurry, who now finds himself replacing Tomy Drissi in the Autocon entry for today's race. Drissi was injured Friday in World Challenge practice and will be released from a local hospital later today. He has a broken vertebrae and will be in a back brace for up to six weeks.

"He's basically fine other than having to wear the brace," McMurry said. "I got in about 11 last night and got about five or six hours of sleep. I drove last year in the Lola. This car should be better with the heavier weight and bigger tires plus we won't have to worry with the turbo so that will help. The track temp felt like it was 30 or 40 degrees. The team told me I went off at about the same spot as Tomy did yesterday."

Because of the driver substitution and the fact that McMurry did not turn a lap at Long Beach this weekend before Saturday, he and Lewis will start from the rear of the grid. The car had qualified 14th overall.

-credit: alms

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tomy Drissi , Chris McMurry