Ft. Lauderdale, FL (April 10, 2008) Primetime Race Group and their ...
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (April 10, 2008) Primetime Race Group and their #11 ALMS GT2 Dodge Viper are scheduled to get loaded in its transporter this Sunday after a week of rebuilding due to an unfortunate shunt in the streets of St. Petersburg.
In the world of racing they say, "If you can't afford to wreck it, don't race it". This is a tough pill to swallow for the smaller and privately funded teams with no factory support like Primetime. After writing off there entire car last week the team dragged it back to their shop in Florida and started stripping away anything that wasn't broken and began to build their #2 car which was meant to be a race ready spare but the team ran out of time building it prior to the season. Now after 4 long days and late nights at the shop with all the crew lending a helping hand they now have the car about 80% ready to race. If you think reality TV is cool you should have seen what went on in those 4 days...
Primetime is owned and operated by Joel Feinberg, who was piloting the #11 Viper went it hit a concrete barrier at over 90 mph after a careless shove from an impatient Patrick Long driving the #6 Penske LMP2 factory Porsche. From their Feinberg would be looking up track at the site of fellow GT driver, Terry Borcheller in the #008 Aston Martin as he would have nowhere else to go but try to thread the needle between the wall and the Viper. The end result would be 2 privateer GT cars completely wrecked due to the carelessness of a factory paid driver with nothing to loose.
The problem with the combination of drivers at so many different levels is that you end up with some drivers who pay to drive, and some drivers who GET paid to drive. What tends to happen is that the paid drivers have no respect for the paying drivers, they either never had to pay, or they have forgotten what it take to fund your own program. The general rule of thumb for faster cars is that the slower car should stick to its line and the faster passing car need to get around safely. This was not the case when Long decide that one tenth of a second was too long to wait to make his pass cleanly. This is the mindset of the "paid" driver. The car isn't theirs, they get paid to drive fast, and if it brakes someone else will fix it. On the other hand a privateer effort like Primetime, with limited spares and resources will have to suck it up and slave just to make the next race.
"It's sad to see this happen to us after all we've done to make the car more competitive for GT2 and after the great start to the season we had at the 12 Hour, but that's racing" said Feinberg. "We knew eventually something like this would happen but with these two races so close together and this early in the season it was a big hit to our program. We're doing everything we can to get back out on the track and my crew has been putting in endless amounts of hour to ensure that we don't miss another checkered flag. This season is about us making some noise in the GT2 class and hopefully attracting some sponsors for the team".