Bowmanville, ON -- August 7, 2004 -- The two car team of The Racer's Group endured a challenging day today, as the ...
Bowmanville, ON -- August 7, 2004 -- The two car team of The Racer's Group endured a challenging day today, as the #67 Flamingo Resort/TRG Porsche of Jim Matthews and Pierre Ehret sustained damage in a practice crash that would end the duo's weekend. Ehret and Matthews had steadily acclimated to the flowing Mosport track, dropping their times considerably over two days of practice, before Matthews slid off-course in turn one and hit the right rear of the car. The crew assessed that the sub-frame of the car sustained damage that rendered it unsafe to race over the weekend; the car was withdrawn from tomorrow's race.
Also, the #66 New Century Mortgage/Monster Cable Porsche of Cort Wagner and Patrick Long sustained damage in a practice crash today. Long went off course in Mosport's notorious turn two complex, spinning through the grass and glancing off of a retaining wall. There was a scary moment for the team when Long was taken away from his car in a track ambulance, but tests by track medical personnel revealed no further injury to Long than some slight soreness and a headache. Consequently, the #66 car did not qualify for tomorrow's race, but will start from the back of the GT field.
Team owner Kevin Buckler, himself in Mid-Ohio Saturday for the Grand-Am race, was immediately alerted about the situation with his cars, and immediately inquired about Long's condition. "Cars are replaceable," he said, "but people aren't. I was glad to hear that Pat's only just a little sore, and secondly that the #66 car will race tomorrow. It's tough to have both cars involved in incidents like these, but I have a great deal of faith in my crew to get the #66 car back out there in top form for the race. The #67 car will require some repairs, but I'm relieved that Jim is unhurt and the car will live to race again as well. Our crew are a bunch of All-Stars -- they might pull an all-nighter tonight, but I'm confident that we'll be in good shape for the race."
CBS will join tomorrow's ALMS Grand Prix of Toronto live at 1pm ET, and will follow the race through to its conclusion.