Atlanta, GA August 19, 2003: Jason Workman and his co-driver Melanie Paterson finished 4th in LMP675 division, 26th overall, at the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport, round 5 of the American LeMans Series Championship on August 17th. It proved to be...
Atlanta, GA August 19, 2003: Jason Workman and his co-driver Melanie Paterson finished 4th in LMP675 division, 26th overall, at the Toronto Grand Prix of Mosport, round 5 of the American LeMans Series Championship on August 17th.
It proved to be a challenging race as the Essex Racing crew discovered a broken rear wing mounting during a routine pit stop and driver change. As co-driver Paterson brought the car into the pits, upon inspection it was discovered that two rear wing mounting bolts were shredded, the result of an on-course bumping incident with another car. The crew replaced the rear wing but the Lola Nissan lost six laps during the repairs. Jason Workman returned to competition but with the car six laps down meant little hope of continuing Workman's streak of two podium finishes in a row.
"It was a pity to discover the damaged rear wing," said Workman. "The car was flawless otherwise. The Nissan proved once again its reliability as we tried so very hard to catch up from our lengthy pit stop for repairs. The crew did an excellent job in getting us back in competition as soon as possible. I think we made up one or two of the lost laps but we couldn't completely close the gap. I'm pretty confident that the damaged rear wing cost us third place, maybe even second. It was a disappointment after such good results in our last two outings."
In the close Driver Championship point standings, the impact of 4th place was even more evident. After Mosport, Workman drops two spots to 6th place. Going into the Mosport event, Workman held 4th place by the slimmest of margins, one point ahead of both Andy Weaver and his teammate Butch Leitzinger. The next event of the American LeMans schedule returns to the United States with the Road America 500 at Elkhart Lake, WI on August 22-24. The event is scheduled to be televised live on Speed Channel.