Miami: No. 4 Corvette crashes, will miss race

Corvette crashes in morning warmup, will miss Miami event MIAMI (September 27, 2003) -- Factory Corvette driver Kelly Collins had a hard crash at the end of the morning warmup session for this afternoon's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix ...

Corvette crashes in morning warmup, will miss Miami event

MIAMI (September 27, 2003) -- Factory Corvette driver Kelly Collins had a hard crash at the end of the morning warmup session for this afternoon's American Le Mans Series Grand Prix Americas presented by Sportsbook.com. Because of heavy damage suffered in the accident, the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C5-R that Collins shares with Oliver Gavin will not start the race on the Miami Downtown Street Circuit.

#4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C5-R: Oliver Gavin, Kelly Collins.
Photo by Tom Haapanen.
Gavin had set the fastest GTS class time of the morning warmup, turning a lap of 51.692 seconds, prior to the team making a driver change halfway through the 30-minute session.

The car crashed in turn 12 and came to rest with the left side against a wall. Although Collins was moving around inside the car, he had to exit from the right side. He was examined and released from the track medical facility.

"We had been bottoming out on that bump all weekend, so I was trying to find a different line on it and I squared up to it. When I came down I brushed the right side of the car on the wall. It must have spun me and then I hit hard on the front left."

Collins was examined and released from the track medical facility. "The team installed a composite crash box earlier this season in the roll bars on the left-side door and I can attribute that to why I'm in good shape now," he said.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Kelly Collins , Oliver Gavin
Teams Corvette Racing